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New to BMW and have a few questions please.

Hi everyone,
                   i am an exprienced motorcyclist but have never had a BMW
before until yesterday.

I have bought a very nice 1999 R1100RT with 23000 miles on the clock and
although i have only ridden a few miles so far i have a few questions that
someone may be able to help with.

The gearbox.

This is far clunkier than any Japanese bike that i have ever owned and i
would best describe its action as rough and clumsy . There is also an
audible but not overly loud whine from some of the gears.
It does not jump out of any gear and appears to work okay but like i say
it's clumsy.

I have read that this may well be a "characteristic" of this bike and all is
probably well. I have also read that some, dependent on year,  have been
prone to premature failure . All i am after is a pointer as to whether i am
likely to have anything to worry about or if everything sounds pretty much
as it should to an experienced BMW owner.

Lastly is there a different technique to adopt when changing gear with these
bikes to help smooth things out. It really does not like being rushed at all
through to the next gear even though i am only changing at the speed that i
have always done on my previous bikes.

Anything other advise  that anyone on the list can offer this newbie will be
much appreciated.

Thanks Darryl
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