Anyone who has ridden earley model Beemers is quite familiar with the "preload the shifter"method, which was standard operateing procedure.
If I tried shifting my '72 /5 without first preloading the shiffter it sounded
as if the tranny was going to tear itself apart. Haven't tried it much on
the 919, but maybe I could relearn that habit. I have also reversed my
shift pattern, which would make it less likely for a person to hold the lever
in the preloaded position, as undercover919 stated has happened to him.