Before going the route of replacing the clutch I would explore replacing the cable. Maybe its at the end of its life or near it.
Regarding the cable, I have no issues with replacing it. But doesn't it seem odd that it would expand that much?
I have looked at its routing, whether it could be receiving too much heat, but the service manual picture is vague.
The routing does not look weird to me, but that doesn't mean it's right.
Is it possble that a bad wire could expand that much by just heat?
For the sake of it, I looked at thermal expansion of steel, just to get a grasp of whether it seems feasible.
Say that the wire needs to expand 0.5" (1.3cm) for the clutch handle to start hitting my knuckles.
Steel heated to 1200f (600c) will expand about 1%. The OEM cable is 51" (130cm), so that would make for an expansion of 0.5" (1.3cm).
But that means all of the clutch cable needs to be 1200f.
Sure, the bike is hot. But it's not that hot. Or is it something I'm missing in my thought process?
Maybe clutch wires expands much by heat before they break? I haven't had to replace one before on any bike.
Is the no other dealer that you can go to?
There are other dealers. One that is authorized on BMW and one that isn't but I've heard good words about their work. I've been trying to reach both of them via phone to get a second opinion, but it's hard when it's motorcycle season here in Sweden.
But I have no issues with the dealer I use, or perhaps I should say repair shop, because they only do repairs, no sales. They have a good reputation, has been around for 30 years and are authorized on BMW.
Just to clarify, they won't replace my clutch without verifying that it's broken. They said that if I had time, they could open up my clutch, see how it looks and only then order a new one if that's what's broken.
It's not a greedy shop trying to do unnecessary repairs, rather it's the opposite.
If you don't like the dealer close by and its not even remotely convenient to go elsewhere then you may be forced to get the part and do the work yourself. Definitely sounds like something you want
I'm not afraid to do the job by myself. But before ordering parts I want to get a grasp on what's wrong.
And I need to source BMW parts, which seems harder with BMW than Kawasaki or Honda(?) Or maybe I need to look harder for vendors in EU. Couldn't find original BMW clutches in Sweden, unless I wanted to buy them at a premium from the repair shops.