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Old 01-29-2014, 04:48 AM   #31
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@Exos: Can you tell something about the shifting behavior? I have a 13 GSW built June last year and suffer from bad shift clonks in the 2nd and 3rd gear. Actually sounds like someone would try to kick the engine with a 10pound hammer out of the frame. I am considering to buy a GSA/W if BMW fixed that issue. So it would be very interesting for me to know about your experience.

I've only test ridden 2 2013 GSW. Did so last summer.
The test rides were almost all highway so I didn't shift much at all.
The only "CLUNK" I noticed was Neutral to 1st, which is understandable and simple to deal with.

I have read that some owners complain or mention a "CLUNKY' nature of the first few shifts on GSW.

My current bikes is a 2008 BMW K1200GT.
It is a "CLUNKER" as well. The usual N into 1st, 1st to 2nd, and second to 3rd. Annoying, preload this, do that and maybe this as well...and perhaps, if the stars are aligned, you'll get through the gears without it sounding mmmm, cheap.

The most quiet, most proper up-shift behavior from the transmission on my '08 K1200GT is achieved when the unit is cold. The first few run ups through the gears. As the bike /oil gets warm/hot, the "CLUNKS" begin. Sounds almost like a flat Cow Bell. To the OP's point, I don't care for the noise very much either.

Like a GSW, 5W-40 is the recommended weight for the oil in a K1200GT. Originally it was 10W-40. I'd guess the switch to 5W-40 was because of the poor clutch engagement tendencies (judder and squeal) on the 2006-2008 K1200GT.

Since the clutch seems to need 5W- oil for smooth launch engagement, and the transmission shifts more quietly when the oil is stone cold (thicker / less viscous?), I'm looking to find 5W-50 oil to see if that might cut down on the "CLUNKY" nature if the transmission when warm.

I mostly like the GSW, ... I think I'm gonna like the RTW as well.
Read that they added flywheel weight and a drive train dampener (someone please explain to me what that is) to both the new AdventureW and the RTW. Don't know if that will affect the shift noise you mention.

Maybe the gear shift assistant, available on the RTW, which allows clutchless up-shifts (and downshifts) will offer a workable alternative.

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Old 01-29-2014, 10:51 AM   #32
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I had a K1300R and the shifting could not have been any worse if someone tried . I don't know if BMW did that on purpose because of the huge horsepower, or they found some left over John Deere tractor components to save money. I would have been embarrassed to send a bike to market like that. My 2010 GSA shifts like butter. I would hope the GSW doesn't shift poorly.
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:26 PM   #33
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:47 PM   #34
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@Exos: Can you tell something about the shifting behavior? I have a 13 GSW built June last year and suffer from bad shift clonks in the 2nd and 3rd gear. Actually sounds like someone would try to kick the engine with a 10pound hammer out of the frame. I am considering to buy a GSA/W if BMW fixed that issue. So it would be very interesting for me to know about your experience.
Just picked up mine. Shifting was smoother than my '07. No clunk, no noise, just smooth into gear. I never could get my '07 to shift this smoothly
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Old 01-29-2014, 06:16 PM   #35
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:18 AM   #36
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:53 AM   #37
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Old 01-30-2014, 04:40 AM   #38
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Looks like you were in Grass Roots.. How are they under new ownership? Hope they gave you a good deal.
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Old 01-30-2014, 07:06 AM   #39
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Yes, it is Grassroots.. I called a friend of mine that works at Gateway. All there's had deposits on them.

The guys at Grassroots treated me very good. I have bought from there before.

All is good..
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:00 PM   #40
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:53 AM   #41
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Just waiting for all the accessories to come and a decent day here in Boston to ride it home.

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Old 01-31-2014, 12:48 PM   #42
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Well, I got a call from my dealer, he was checking in. They have #1 and #2 of the spoken for GSA. I am #6 and he said, my blue one ought to be here in a couple of weeks.
As we are in the month of February, any news about the shift assist? I really don't want to miss out on ANY option.

Don't know about shift assist as I have not used the feature on the K13S, my K12S did not come with it. Does anyone here have first hand experience riding/ using it on any other model like K13 or RR?
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:30 AM   #43
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Did I just kill this thread?
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