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Old 05-02-2009, 11:15 AM   #46
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I know JR, no worries friend. Sometimes difficult to read someones intend like this.
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Old 05-02-2009, 07:11 PM   #47
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Damn sorry dude, hope they get you fixed up while the weather is nice. Keep us posted.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:15 PM   #48
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Dudes, I can't thank you all enough....You're all really helping me through this!

I'm waiting to hear if the parts they need to repair it are available domestically, and when they can get them here. I won't know until Monday. However, I took it upon myself to call Max BMW Motorcycles in NY. They have the parts fiche for the F800GS up on their site. I asked them if they could tell me if all the needed clutch parts and clutch cover were available. They said everything I need to repair the bike is available domestically except the clutch dog and clutch springs. Those things are in Germany only at the moment. I'm hoping those two things weren't damaged......All in all, I still won't know anything definite until Moday afternoon at the earliest...... I'm pulling my hair out here!!
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:20 PM   #49
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clunk

While we're on the subject of clutches...

I just had my 600 mile and mentioned to the dealer that when putting it in 1st gear it "clunks" a little bit and the bike jumps ever so slightly.
They adjusted the freeplay, said it had too much. There's less freeplay now but only a little bit less "clunk", etc.

Anybody else other than Docking Pilot have these symtoms as well?
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:52 PM   #50
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While we're on the subject of clutches...

I just had my 600 mile and mentioned to the dealer that when putting it in 1st gear it "clunks" a little bit and the bike jumps ever so slightly.
They adjusted the freeplay, said it had too much. There's less freeplay now but only a little bit less "clunk", etc.

Anybody else other than Docking Pilot have these symtoms as well?
Does it always do it, or only when cold, perhaps on the first start/engagement of the day?
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:55 PM   #51
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Does it always do it, or only when cold, perhaps on the first start/engagement of the day?
Actually it seems more pronounced when warmed up.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:59 PM   #52
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Actually it seems more pronounced when warmed up.
Hmm.. Most bikes will do it when cold and the oil is thick, but usually goes away when warm.

Depending on how severe it is, it might not be normal. So it does it all the time then? After 10 minutes of riding, you stop, then shift from neutral to first and it clunks and jerks the bike forward?

EDIT: Just re-read your post. You say lightly clunks, and ever so slightly jumps forward, I'd say it's not an issue. When my KLR would do it first thing in the morning, I'd have to brace myself for it.

You could try holding the clutch in longer before shifting to first, or even pumping the clutch lever once or twice before engaging first.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:04 PM   #53
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Hmm.. Most bikes will do it when cold and the oil is thick, but usually goes away when warm.

Depending on how severe it is, it might not be normal. So it does it all the time then? After 10 minutes of riding, you stop, then shift from neutral to first and it clunks and jerks the bike forward?
It is consistant.
I wouldn't classify it as severe but a friend of mine said his does not do it.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:06 PM   #54
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It is consistant.
I wouldn't classify it as severe but a friend of mine said his does not do it.
To a degree all bikes are going to have some differences, even withing the same model.

Try holding the clutch in a few seconds longer before shifting and see if that doesn't do anything.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:16 PM   #55
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To a degree all bikes are going to have some differences, even withing the same model.

Try holding the clutch in a few seconds longer before shifting and see if that doesn't do anything.
Yep, tried that as well. Acts the same shifting up to 2nd at a dead stop also.
I thinking/hoping maybe it will "loosen up" a bit after more miles.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:20 PM   #56
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Yep, tried that as well. Acts the same shifting up to 2nd at a dead stop also.
I thinking/hoping maybe it will "loosen up" a bit after more miles.
You could try taking all the slack out of your clutch cable just to see if it still does it. (though don't ride like that)

It's usually just the oil between the sets of clutch plates causing the plates on the input shaft to spin. When you shift into first the input shaft has to stop spinning, and you hear a clunk as it stops.

I guess you and your buddy use the same weight oil?
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:49 PM   #57
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I just had to have the right side engine cover replaced on my F8 and it took only three days to get one in from Germany. I thought that was pretty good.

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Old 05-03-2009, 04:32 AM   #58
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My bike doesn't lurch foward, in fact it engages normally, what it does do is sound somewhat like a Ducati at idle (the clutch).
So I wonder, is that the norm or are my clutch plates shaking loose ?
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:38 AM   #59
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You could try taking all the slack out of your clutch cable just to see if it still does it. (though don't ride like that)

It's usually just the oil between the sets of clutch plates causing the plates on the input shaft to spin. When you shift into first the input shaft has to stop spinning, and you hear a clunk as it stops.

I guess you and your buddy use the same weight oil?
I'll try taking all the slack out although it doesn't have much at all after the dealer adjusted it.
I assume he has the same oil as mine, whatever it came with from the factory.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:39 AM   #60
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My bike doesn't lurch foward, in fact it engages normally, what it does do is sound somewhat like a Ducati at idle (the clutch).
So I wonder, is that the norm or are my clutch plates shaking loose ?
Mine is quite.
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