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post #1 of 5 Old Oct 4th, 2013, 2:23 pm Thread Starter
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squealing clutch on 07 k1200gt

I have purchased a very nice looking k1200gt with around 17,000 miles.
I have never seen such a sensitive clutch on a motorcycle.
It is either all or none with the clutch.
Most of the time when applying the clutch from a standstill to takeoff the thing squeals like crazy.
I have also noticed that the throttle is either on or off, no easing into it at all, a real bummer when applying the throttle when coming out of a curve.
Lol, also have noticed that you can be running down the road and the thing will stall, but takes right back up and goes on.
Anybody have any clues about these three problems.

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post #2 of 5 Old Oct 4th, 2013, 2:35 pm
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Re: squealing clutch on 07 k1200gt

Unfortunately, all quite "normal" for that bike . . .

The 1300GT introduced some improvements to those areas. The 1300 has a completely redesigned top end and airbox/idle control valve which helps, but can't be easily retrofitted onto the 1200. The newer 1300 clutch can be retrofitted to the 1200, but it ain't cheap . . .

More good clutch squawk discussion can be found at this link.

On the fueling issues, some guys have had good luck installing a Booster Plug which tends to smooth out the on/off transitions and stalling. Or else you have to go with a full Power Commander and get it dyno-tuned.

But the first thing you need to do is make sure you have the cam chain jump guard and latest cam chain tensioner. Check with your local dealer to see if those were done on your bike. If not, get it done, as it may well save you from a munched engine . . .

More cam chain info can be found at this link.

Also, have a read through this thread to learn more than you wanted to know about the K1200GT.

If you can sort out these issues (or learn to live with them), then it really is a fine bike, honest.

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Re: squealing clutch on 07 k1200gt

My '07 K12GT has had a squealing clutch for the last 25,000 miles. When the clutch craps out, I guess I'll have it replaced. My bike also has most of the other "undocumented features" you mentioned, but they just don't bother me. As Ken said, I guess I've learned to live with them. I love this bike! I far prefer it to my last LT, due to its lower weight and higher power.

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Re: squealing clutch on 07 k1200gt

Hey Meese and Bob, thanks for the information.
Been doing some good reading .

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Re: squealing clutch on 07 k1200gt

My clutch is fine but I had the fuel injection problems you mention plus a lot more. My dealer made some minor adjustments, but I finally installed a Power Commander and most of the problems are gone. You have to use the version for the K1200S, PC didn't make one for the GT, but many on this and the other forums have had luck with this. Mine still makes me long for carburetors but at least I don't want to give up bikes now !

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