Fixed - shredded clutch spline
[QUOTE=Roger 04 RT;876634]This is an good thread, and I'm interested in hearing what the OP finds out.
But PAS, I wonder if Paul is lucky or more like the protagonist in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" who stays in touch with his machines ...[/QUOTE]
I just heard back from BMW:
Failed Clutch, and somehow the clutch spline was chewed to death. given the speed of the failure it seems like the teeth just shaved off in unison. So instead of being bounced all over it was just sitting there and I was hearing a grinding whine but nothing violent. Slave cylinder didn't look good but didn't seem to have failed. I asked them to closely check alignment. Dealer hadn't seen this type of failure on this model - said he had seen it on some 1100's. Main input shaft was fine (thankfully), other seals are fine, transmission appears to be fine. They replaced the clutch, related seals, and it is apparently running perfectly (I pick it up tomorrow) for about $1,000 (the mechanic has the same exact bike and is pretty fast).
Thanks for all the input - I'm not sure their was a clear winner, but GKMan seemed pretty close - Happy to buy any of you a cool drink if my next ride brings me your direction. If you come near Grand Rapids, MI let me know - always room in the garage, and a rustic cottage on Stony Lake just North of Whitehall that doesn't get enough use.
I'm off this weekend up the west coast of lake michigan - some great stretches of paved and unpaved roads all the way to the Mackinac Bridge. Next weekend off to Farminton, PA. I'd love to make the RA event at the Biltmore in N.C. but can't make it to Portland - just too far and not enough time.