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Clutch noise, is it normal?


Atlanta Beemer

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Atlanta Beemer

Hi All,

 

My clutch (2000 1100 Rt) is noisy idling at stoplights when I'm in neutral and the clutch lever is out.

 

I pull in the clutch and the noise goes away.

It functions ok for shifting.

 

I'm no expert on this as its my first R bike, but the engagement seems to be within what the manuals specs and it functions smoothly.

 

Suggestions, or is this normal?

 

 

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Evening Atlanta Beemer

 

I presume you are hearing neutral gear rattle & not really clutch rattle?

 

Neutral gear rattle is pretty normal on the BMW constant mesh transmissions. (happens in neutral, warm engine, & with clutch engaged)

 

There is also an old BMW service bulletin for clutch disk rattle on some BMW 1100's, the fix was-- BMW released a tighter spline fit clutch disk to reduce the disk to input shaft rattle.

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Atlanta Beemer

Thanks Dirtrider, I like that answer better than "you need a clutch"!

 

Had a k bike way back but didn't remember it having this going on.

 

 

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You may need a better set of earplugs to truly enjoy your BMW experience.

That's probably the best advice. I notice all the "interesting" mechanical sounds on my R1100RT when riding around town without earplugs. With plugs in, it's amazing how quiet the engine is!

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LOL That's cuz the stock exhaust is nowhere NEAR loud enough!!

 

BTW my R1150RT rattles in neutral as well, the warmer it gets, the more it rattles!

 

And here's a new one... on pulling away initially (which from my house means up a hill) it makes a kind of squeeee sound - I've never found out why and never had any issues, so...

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I don't know about the R1150, but with the R1100, the "squeee sound" is an audible indicator that the ABS has engaged. I thought something was wrong when I first got my RT; now, I know something is wrong if I don't hear the noise.

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