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Re: New to BMW and have a few questions please.
- From: Tom Cutter <tpcutter@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 21:03:29 -0400
- Subject: Re: New to BMW and have a few questions please.
The issue of "clunkiness" can be very subjective. If your clutch is
properly adjusted, then you should be able to shift pretty quietly with
There have been some premature transmission failures on the 1993-2000
model five-speed oilhead gearboxes. I repair a lot of these, like two
to three a month. BMW and their transmission supplier, Getrag,
struggled to make reliable, quiet and easy-shifting gearboxes during
that period. For an interestingly candid interview with a senior
management person at Getrag on the issue, see:
First thing to do is drain the gear oil after a long run to get it to
full operating temperature. Drain the oil into a clean pan, and take
the pan out into the bright sunlight immediately after draining. Look
for a metallic sheen on the surface of the drained oil, which is the
first sign of an imminent failure. I a sheen is present, then it is
just a matter of time and miles before you have a larger, more
expensive repair on your hands. Certainly if there are any slivers or
chunks of metal on the magnetic plug, I would seriously consider
planning a repair.
One way to get smoother UPshifts is to preload the shifter, then roll
off the throttle, holding upward pressure on the lever. the
transmission will shift smoth as butter, then you roll back on the
throttle. This is done WITHOUT disengaging the clutch, and works quite
well when accelerating briskly. For "lazy," rolling shifts, you will
still need to use the clutch.
Try all of the above and you will be able to determine whether you
really have a problem. Welcome aboard.
From: Darryl <darryl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sun, 17 Jun 2007 2:31 am
Subject: New to BMW and have a few questions please.
i am an exprienced motorcyclist but have never had a
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
someone may be able to help with.
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
I have read that this may well be a "characteristic" of this bike and
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
likely to have anything to worry about or if everything sounds pretty
as it should to an experienced BMW owner.
Lastly is there a different technique to adopt when changing gear with
bikes to help smooth things out. It really does not like being rushed
through to the next gear even though i am only changing at the speed
have always done on my previous bikes.
Anything other advise that anyone on the list can offer this newbie
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