Question about 1989 BMW R 80
Last time rode bike the clutch leaver got less and then stopped working with no drive till cold r800 rt
Air cooled BMW's have a dry clutch, like most cars, so there is no oil.
The clutch is operated by a push rod from the rear of the gearbox. There is a plastic type thrust or throw out bearing on this push rod on some later R 80's; mine was a 1989 model. When the engine gets hot, the plastic thrust bearing expanded and bound in the push rod bore. The clutch became very difficult to use. Try this first as new ones are relatively cheap and even cheaper, the plastic part can be milled to reduce the diameter by a millimetre or two. This pushrod is accessed from the rear of the gear box. You may need to disconnect the swing arm or the gearbox to get this push rod and bearing out, but its not a major job. Try this before opting for any major replacement !
Posted on Oct 29, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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