I read somewhere someone replaced the clutch basket? Was there a recall? Did this fix the shudder problem?
I'm on my third clutch replacement for my 2006 K1200S. I just hit 26K on the odometer too! It's the one issue I've had with my bike that sometimes has me wanting to throw this thing in the trash heap. Rest of the bike is great. Here's the history of my clutch drama:
1) Clutch replaced after 6 months of purchase. Had really nasty banging noise. Dealer kept saying it was normal. Brought it in for warranty service, after picking it up the dealer mentioned they replaced the clutch as well. Apparently, some mechanic there raised a stink without my saying anything that the loud banging noise was not normal. Each bang of metal also affected the idle too.
2) Grinding noises began to be heard about three weeks after the replacement clutch. A year later, the noise would get so loud that passengers would ask me if something is wrong. Again, the dealer said it is normal. I "ordered" them to take the clutch apart to examine it for debris, shavings, etc. Nothing was found. I reluctantly accepted the grinding noise as crappy design. A month before my 3-year warranty expired, I took it in for servicing at a different dealer. Since I had it there, I decided to ask the mechanic for an opinion on my clutch. Before I handed him the key, I started the motor and engaged the clutch halfway. At that point, the clutch made a really nasty grinding noise and I saw the mechanic's face squirm and asked me to turn the bike off. I told him that was not a "normal" noise for a clutch to make and he confirmed it. They replaced the clutch (again) as my last warranty job. After replacement, the mechanic informed me that the new clutch was updated to the most recent '07 design spec which supposedly did away with the problems that clutch had.
3) About a week later, the clutch started grinding again. And it shudders pretty bad when cold. It does not grind as bad as the other one but it is there and audible.
I've ridden a 2007 K1200S in Germany for a week and that bike had none of the personality traits that mine had. So I can only say that I must have a bad apple. I've accepted it. BMW was of no help.
Other than that, the bike is great in every other area. I do eye a K1300S though... but from what I'm reading, it seems to inherit some of the 1200 traits. Will wait and see...