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Old 09-09-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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Clutch perfume

Still learning to understand the GSA, but definitely having fun on it. Need to put the wife on the back and see if she enjoys it as well. That'll determine if I sell the FJR or not. Or sell the FJR and XRR and buy a Gold Wing.



I am finding that I spend a lot of time smelling the clutch on the GSA when I pull up to a stop. I do tend to feather it leaving a light and when I'm in stop & go traffic rather than just pop it into gear. I don't keep my hand on the clutch once I'm moving and it's only barely pulled in when I shift. There's definitely slack in the movement, so it's not being applied constantly.

This normal?

Also, anyone know the height difference between stock and with the lowering Hyperpro springs? I can flat foot the GSA, but don't feel compelled to do so and am contemplating putting the OEM shocks back on.

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Old 09-10-2013, 03:51 AM   #2
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Are you sure it's not the brakes you smell? My 2010GS brakes stunk like hell for a few months when applied, when it was new. The harder I braked, the worse it was. Some chemical crap on the pads had to burn off I guess. It was worst when they were wet.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:22 AM   #3
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I get no smell from clutch except when I am 2 up, in traffic and going up a hill..

Make sure that your left handguard is not touching the clutch.


I regularly check it while riding. Push clutch lever forward to make sure there is atleast 1 cm of movement untill contact with handguard.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:25 AM   #4
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You should only smell the clutch when is an extreme need to slip it constantly. You should release the clutch within 2 seconds of beginning to move and have the rpms under 2000 when starting out. Once you fully release the clutch accelerate as you like. I generally have the clutch fully released in under 1 second and it is very smooth, not jerky at all.

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Old 09-10-2013, 07:58 AM   #5
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What Jim said..

You're spending too long on the clutch..this isn't a high strung 4 cylinder with no torque at the bottom..it's a tractor motor..use it as such..remember too, it's a dry clutch, not an oil bath like your FJR..
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:40 AM   #6
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Definitely not touching the hand guard and have the movement.

Could be right about the slipping it, but I also tend to rev off the line and let it slip while jumping forward.

I don't think it's brakes. Doesn't smell like brakes and with over 7,000 miles, it shouldn't be.

Hmmmmm....

Thanks for the thoughts. I got the smell when I was stuck in traffic in Portland a while ago too. Stop and go rubbish and no lane sharing allowed. Heathen bastards.



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I get no smell from clutch except when I am 2 up, in traffic and going up a hill..

Make sure that your left handguard is not touching the clutch.


I regularly check it while riding. Push clutch lever forward to make sure there is atleast 1 cm of movement untill contact with handguard.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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Definitely not touching the hand guard and have the movement.

Could be right about the slipping it, but I also tend to rev off the line and let it slip while jumping forward.

I don't think it's brakes. Doesn't smell like brakes and with over 7,000 miles, it shouldn't be.

Hmmmmm....

Thanks for the thoughts. I got the smell when I was stuck in traffic in Portland a while ago too. Stop and go rubbish and no lane sharing allowed. Heathen bastards.
At least we drive 35 in the fast lane..

wait..what..?

Portland traffic sux...
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At least we drive 35 in the fast lane..

wait..what..?

Portland traffic sux...
Try Istanbul traffic...
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Try Istanbul traffic...
Seen pix...pass..
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At least we drive 35 in the fast lane..

wait..what..?

Portland traffic sux...
It definitely didn't help that they had two or three lanes closed on the freeway bound for Seattle. That dogged things up pretty badly.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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Try Istanbul traffic...
Or, try traffic here in Dixie...one broken down pickup truck after another...its murder trying to get from Locust Fork to Trafford, Alabama at about 2:00 AM in the morning what with all the smoke from the stils in the woods here...glad I have GPS. We also use carbide lamps to get around here in the woods....they scare the deer though.
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Question related question

Sorry but trying to avoid to start another thread:

Given all the things that you mentioned about the r1200gs having a dry clutch and all that, how do you deal when you have bad off-road with bad slopes and stones to avoid and you need to go slow and you need the help of the clutch?
I am almost new to off-roading and last week my clutch was smelling bad up to a couple of hours after the bad off-road, every time I engaged-disengaged the clutch!

Any suggestions?

Thank you!
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:52 AM   #13
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Clutch disc splines wearing BMW 1150GSA

Is it normal that 5000km after renewing clutch disc is on the half of clutch splines visible some wearing? The input shaft of gearbox is like new without any wearing. http://photo.uloziste.com/?fotka=96f...faade68&size=6
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:16 AM   #14
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Sorry but trying to avoid to start another thread:

Given all the things that you mentioned about the r1200gs having a dry clutch and all that, how do you deal when you have bad off-road with bad slopes and stones to avoid and you need to go slow and you need the help of the clutch?
I am almost new to off-roading and last week my clutch was smelling bad up to a couple of hours after the bad off-road, every time I engaged-disengaged the clutch!

Any suggestions?

Thank you!
You can slip it some..just keep the RPM low as possible...and remember, it's not really a trials bike..it will do goat trails but it is built for gravel/dirt roads..

If you abuse the clutch..you'll just have to replace sooner..that's all
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Old 09-11-2013, 08:58 AM   #15
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Sorry but trying to avoid to start another thread:

Given all the things that you mentioned about the r1200gs having a dry clutch and all that, how do you deal when you have bad off-road with bad slopes and stones to avoid and you need to go slow and you need the help of the clutch?
I am almost new to off-roading and last week my clutch was smelling bad up to a couple of hours after the bad off-road, every time I engaged-disengaged the clutch!

Any suggestions?

Thank you!
The key is to find the lowest rpm you need to get out of the gunk you're in. High rpm and slipping the clutch puts you in the fast lane to a new clutch. These things pull pretty hard at a low rpm so don't over rev the thing.
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