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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Apr 11th, 2007, 12:34 am Thread Starter
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Break in 07 GT

I picked up my new 07 GT 2 days ago. When asked about proper break in, the Shop owner replied not to worry about it and I should ride normaly with the exception on no constant rpms for long periods. I had also mentioned posts on this site re keeping it under 5K rpms and he said that is over conservative. My thinking is "damn" these bikes are built right, so little break in is required OR he wants me in the back in the shop for repairs sooner than later.

Is he full of crap or is a more conservative break in needed?

P.S. I can't get OFF this bike as I put 300 miles in 2 days. The most awsome ride I've owned!
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Since you mentioned the previous posts, you're aware of the wide range of opinions here. :wtf

I basically followed the Mototune recommendations, lots of long roll-ons and roll-offs, and no sitting at any one rpm for very long. I didn't abuse the motor, but I did work it hard. I also increased my top rpms in stages to get into the upper ranges fairly quickly. Basically, I broke it in like I plan on riding it. After 2,000 miles in the first week, the bike feels just fine.

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Meese,

While I stongly believe you can not cause any harm by following the "break-in" procedure he told you (which was nothing), he should have atleast gave you an RPM cap to follow for the first several hundred miles until the 600 mile was done.

I believe (you guys can correct me if I'm wrong) BMW states that you should not exceed 7,000rpm during the initial 600 miles. That's pretty far up there, but as long as you rode it respectfully, didn't baby or abuse it, you should be fine....
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I believe (you guys can correct me if I'm wrong) BMW states that you should not exceed 7,000rpm during the initial 600 miles. That's pretty far up there, but as long as you rode it respectfully, didn't baby or abuse it, you should be fine....
Per the manual do not exceed 7k during the initial 600 miles. This works out to something just above 100mph in 6th gear.

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Talking Welcome to the GT gang!

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I picked up my new 07 GT 2 days ago. When asked about proper break in, the Shop owner replied not to worry about it and I should ride normaly with the exception on no constant rpms for long periods. I had also mentioned posts on this site re keeping it under 5K rpms and he said that is over conservative. My thinking is "damn" these bikes are built right, so little break in is required OR he wants me in the back in the shop for repairs sooner than later.

Is he full of crap or is a more conservative break in needed?

P.S. I can't get OFF this bike as I put 300 miles in 2 days. The most awsome ride I've owned!

John,

Welcome to the GT club. I'm a tad over 5,000 miles on mine now and it has been flawless. I babied it [kept under 7 grand] up to first oil change. So far, the GT has been purrr-fekt. Like Porsche, the engines are run in at the Berlin shop.

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At the risk of starting a long, intense discussion, I'm fully aware of BMW's recommendations on a lot of things, and find that most of the time they're right, but not always. True, they are the design engineers, but anything the public sees has gone through several levels of management, marketing, and other filters designed to protect themselves before it gets to us. And yes, I'm also a design engineer, with hundreds of thousands of miles on many bikes over the last few decades.

BMW's don't like to be babied. They're designed to run, and run well. That's not the same as abusing them (and yes, I'm aware of the thinner break-in oil supplied in new bikes), however the bikes are meant to be ridden. Even the older bikes benefit from the occasional runs up through the rev range.

Not that it mattered much in my case. My 600-mile service was done 48 hours after I picked up the bike, then that mileage was tripled in the next 72 hours. Like I said, break it in how you plan to ride it.

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Thanks Guys! Great input and much appreciated. Hey I'm 50 years old and I don't do too many 5th gear wheelies anymore. I'm at least comfortable now in I don't need to baby this rocket with saddlebags.

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So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking.

So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "The secret to breaking in your new K1200GT is:

1. Ride somewhere.
2. Enjoy it.
3. Repeat until ready to trade bike in or the wheels fall off, whichever comes first."

So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.
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points for excellent use of Caddyshack reference while in a BMW atmosphere.


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