Fixed clutch makes Jack happy again
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Anyhow, I laid the bike on the ground, never a fun thing to do but needs must! I stripped off the clutch housing and had another look inside now I had a better idea what to look for. To my surprise everything was in perfect working order. The actuator arm was perfect, no missing teeth and no signs of wear. It was like I was looking inside a brand new machine. I cleaned away the oil and looked pretty closely but just couldn’t find anything wrong. Eventually I checked out the bearing the actuator runs in and sure enough, it was twisted and pushed back away from the edge by around 5mm, maybe 6. So I hammered it back into place with the large spanner I use for removing the wheel nuts and tried putting it back together
My bike came with a 33bhp conversion kit on it when I bought her so i’m assuming the previous owner was a learner and they’re notorious for abusing the clutch so maybe it was always slightly out of line. It isn’t now and seems fine again. While exploring my options I contacted BMW, I’m on good terms with the staff at my favourite dealer as my brother bought bikes from them professionally. One of the staff there is on the case and is making progress investigating the clutch recall issue so a big thank you to her. Apparently it’s not a recall at all but the work was done on bikes brought in with clutch issues. By all accounts if my bike had them the actuator would have fallen to bits by now and for all I know, the casing could be the new version. I’m keeping on with the possibility of getting the upgrade if it can be done out here in Thailand. If not well, I’ll be keeping my eye on the problem anyway and it is an easy thing to fix
So we had the problem covered pretty quickly and then my friend, Rat arrived. She’s my girlfriend’s best friend and we’ve met a few times before. We went out for lunch at MK. MK is a strange, distinctly Thai place where there’s a big bubbling pot of oily water you drop raw ingredients into. The Thais love it, westerners tend to not love it so much. Marcin was incredulous and ate everything that was put in front of him, even appalling looking animal parts with tentacles and eyeballs sticking out everywhere.
After lunch we called KTM where Marcin’s bike was languishing in a slightly sorry state. They fobbed him off with excuses about when it might or might not be ready. At least that freed up a bit of time so we headed out for some Iced coffee at a nice little local shop. After that we just hung about resting until the bike was ready to collect. We all went to the KTM dealer where they had fitted the clutch and brake cylinder that Marcin had brought with him and a new clutch and sprockets as well as a service, a wash and a diagnostic. The work all came to only £250 whereas in England you would have had to take out a mortgage. He was happy to have his bike back and we went out for some food with him happy for once.
It’s nice to have our bikes back on the road