Originally Posted by JIS
Some questions as I prepare to take delivery of my K1300 GT SE (with extra bits) :
-Is it a problem to leave the cruise slider switch permanently “on” ?
-Are any of you believers in “run’em hard” running in schedules? If you are; what oil did you use and how often did you change it. (if you don’t know what I am talking about, please see http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
-Although it is recommended that we use premium grade petrol (sorry, “gas”) have any of you strong views on this ?
-I have been told that the OEM tyres could be Metzelers; Michelin or Contis and that BMW don’t differentiate between manufacturers. (Well, I do, and I know what I would like). What have you guys had delivered on your new K12 / K13 GT; are / were you happy ?
-I have Xenon headlights with the SE model; does this make a noticeable difference?
Enough questions for now !
I switch my cruise on and off, but I use the switch to "take manual control" when I reach certain sections of my daily commute. It wouldn't hurt to leave the cruise on all the time, unless the LED annoys you when you don't need it on.
I followed BMW's recommendations for break-in (run-in). Gentle acceleration. RPMs under 7K. Varied the RPMs and gears a lot. I trusted BMW's written instructions on that one, and yes, I had seen many other suggested break-in protocols, which vary widely. I always wondered if anybody test rode my bike before I bought it, and how hard they rode it. It had 26 miles on the odometer when I bought it, but there is no way to know. So far, so good (14,000 miles in 18 months).
I change the oil every 3,000 miles and use BMW oil (not synthetic). I ride a 15-mile daily commute, and about half of it is stop-and-go, which is one reason why I change oil frequently. Because I change oil so frequently, I use the less expensive BMW dino oil, rather than a synthetic.
Per BMW's instructions, I always put premium grade gasoline (petrol) in the GT. I try to use "Top Tier" stations, but will occasionally put the cheap stuff (Costco) in the tank. The premium fuel that we have here in California is only 91 octane and it sucks anyway. Formulations change between winter and summer here, too.
My 2007 K1200GT came with Bridgestone 020s. I replaced them at 6600 miles when the rear tire took a nail. The rear tire was close to the wear bars, and the front tire was scalloped. I replaced them with Michelin Pilot Road 2s, which I like better than the Bridgestones. I haven't tried other tires on my GT yet.
The Xenon headlight makes a big difference. Not having the Xenon headlight would be a deal-breaker for me, although you can always add aftermarket Xenon headlights.