I have just purchased a 2006 BMW R 1200 GS. I am concerned at the thunderous clunk when changing into the lower gears (worst on 1st and 2nd) the others being not bad. I have ridden a similar model but do not remember this. Is it serious?
I am also getting only about 41mpg in mixed riding. This is low, is it not?
This is not the technical area of the site, this is for new bike discussions. 41 mpg is low unless you are nailing it and BMW gearboxes are inconsistently clunky. By that I mean I've tried five F800GS's all with different gearbox characteristics and smoothness. Older ones are worse IMO. Take it to a BMW dealer and get them to look at it for £500 an hour, or sell it and get something with a Honda gearbox, like a Honda. LOL!
That clunk is probably quite normal, although it's hard to judge without hearing it for real. But it's worth checking the clutch isn't dragging by putting the bike on the centre stand, pulling in the clutch, selecting second and seeing how much the rear wheel still wants to rotate. Ideally it shouldn't move at all, although if it gradually starts to turn gently that's not too much of a problem. But if it definitely seems to be driven around by the engine still, you have clutch drag and it needs looking at.
41mpg is on the low side but not outside the realms of normality if you ride it quite hard.
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