Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Good find. Same "problem" started creeping up on my 2005 when it neared the 12k PM(preventative maintenance).
Being the "banished" HD rider I am, I figured I'd take the shift assembly apart, clean, lube and reassemble... so I did that... man, what a difference! I found several potential "binding" points and resolved them.
Result: slick shifting.. good smooth, "feel" to the shift mechanism after remounting left peg mount plate to bike.. it's amazing to see how it "feels" by hand, toggling up and down on the shift lever "before-n-after"..
I think the BMW rep was trying to head off a big warranty charge-back. The "good news" is you now have a well "flushed" tranny!
As a "technician", once the guys above my "pay grade" took ownership of a problem, it was theirs. If the BMW "Rep" told me to wash the bike to fix the tranny, I'd privately express my thoughts on the topic, then wash the bike because at that point the BMW Rep "owned" the problem... especially if it was not a "safety" issue. That's a whole different situation.
In your case, it was clearly a potential "safety" issue. If you can't shift to merge with traffic that could be a problem... especially if you run out of throttle =)
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