Originally Posted by PeterVadas
I just joined the forum today, this is my 2nd post. You mentioned clutch problems... My '99 LT is sitting at the Caloundra dealers at the moment, with a burned out clutch. I come from Cessnock, have been up to Airlie Beach, clutch started to slip near Rockhampton. Got worse the next day, but then something else happened, I could not shift lower than 4th gear, then couldn't shift out of 5th. So here I was at Miriam Vale, a small town about 60 kms south of Gladstone, stuck in top gear with a badly slipping clutch. The nearest BMW dealer about 400 kms south at Caloundra. I managed to ride her 330 kms... by then the clutch wa slipping so badly that I couldn't make it up Black Mountain. It got to the dealer by tow truck.
I can't fathom why both the clutch and gear selectors both failed at the same time... bad luck or are the problems linked?
Were your problems similar, and if so, did you find out what happened?
They can only start work on it next week, when I'm supposed to be back at work so I can't ask them what they found.
Ulysses # 38591
G'day Peter and welcome to the forum. My apologies for the late response, work has been getting in the way. Mate, I hope by now that your problems have been solved and that you got out of it not to expensively.
My problems started at around 19000 kms when the clutch started to slip under load when doing a top gear roll on with the throttle. It got progressively worse until June last year when I took her off the road to do the cxlutch myself. What I found was the rear engine seal had started to weep so letting the slippery stuff into the nice dry clutch plates.
I replaced the seal and clutch plates but I didn't bed the engine seal in deep enough so when the motor turned over, it ripped the inner lip of the seal out and drenched the brand new clutch plate with oil. Mea culpa, you try to save money by doing it yourself and you spend almost as much as if you got a professional to do it. After replacing the seal and another clutch plate, the bike finally got back together and after a run up to Forster in November for the weekend, found it still slipping. The next weekend we went to Canberra and rode home on the wing trike.
I was really happy with the LT, but the weakness in the clutch and expense for replacement parts sort of dulled the pleasure a bit. Mind you though, Munich Motorcycles in Perth I highly recommend for parts and delivery to the east coast as they're a lot cheaper than the east coast suppliers.
Ride safe mate and hopefully we'll see you on the road as I'm only at Lake Munmorah.