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RE: Oil leak

Did I miss something here? What are your service people using as evidence of
this oil leak?  

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From: owner-oilheads@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:owner-oilheads@xxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Panichas, George E
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 10:18 AM
To: oilheads-digest
Subject: Oil leak

Subject: Oil Leak

While having the 36k service done on my 2001 R1100RL (a pampered bike that
been scrupulously maintained), I was informed of an oil leak between the
and transmission. I was a bit surprised because I've never seen any oil,
experienced any clutch slipage, and oil use is pretty much what it has
been. Also, I think 36k is more than a little bit young for this sort of 
problem. So I have some questions for the group:

1. The service guys say this is a serious repair that will require some 10 
hours of work and, if the clutch needs to be replaced, the whole package
be around $1200. Does this strike you as reasonable?

2. Given the relatively low mileage, should I be raising hell with BMW and
them to chip-in on this? Of course, years-wise, the bike is long out of 
warranty. But I certainly think that rear seals should be good for more than


3. As noted, I've experienced no clutch slipage to date, and want to
to ride the bike putting off the repair for now. Is it safe to do this? I 
assume oil leaks of this type worsen over time. Does anyone know how much,
fast, etc.?

All advice is appreciated.

George Panichas
Easton, PA