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    clutch questions

    hi sat. i was in a slow bike control class where we used clutch gas and brake at the same time i had smoke and burning smell.i have 2003 r1150rs w/93k.is the clutch shot?anyone know how much dealer charges for replacemnt?thanks for any input! brian

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    Yikes, these Beemer dry clutches REALLY don't handle that type of abuse well. If you were smelling it it was abuse. At the dealer, clutch replacement could easily be north of $2,000. Parts for a DYI, done right is around $500-700. Far from a beginner job, but easily doable if you're mechanically inclined.

    Hopefully you still have some life left in it. Mine's >110k mi. and at last measurement (pull the starter) it still had 40% of the usable friction material remaining. If it still acts normal, keep riding until it slips in the higher gears with a roll-on at the torque peak. If you're curious, pull the starter to have a look. Wear limit is 4.5mm IIRC

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    thanks for info.

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    BTDT Similar course last year.
    The instructors gave everyone a heads up prior to starting regarding this issue
    The trick is to keep the revs lower than you would with a wet clutch and don't do for an extended period of time.
    I also took a few breaks and went on cooldown runs.

    You are most probably fine, all the dry clutch participants in my course were.
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    Ufda happens..........

    It's all about the details.

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    ok ill keep my fingers crossed thanks for replying

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    did you ride the bike home? did the clutch operate as it normally would (in spite of any funky smells)?

    if both answers are "yes", you're fine... until those 2 answers change to "no'.

    most likely you ate up some clutch life, but did not kill it.
    Ride Safe, Ride Lots

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