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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2007, 6:39 am Thread Starter
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Greets all,

I pick up my 07, K1200 GT today from my dealer here in Calgary. I "insisted" that I get my Manual early and have been reading it cover-to-cover. Not too shabby for information except for the rather similar Warnings for everything. I'm sure that I will get to know which are the most important to watch after I've been riding awhile.

My question for you all is this:

The Manual states that the first 1000 km are the "Running In" period and suggests to "try to do most of your riding during this initial period on twisting, fairly hilly roads, avoiding high-speed main roads and highways if possible." How important is this recomendation and what specifically is the goal of riding this way? I like to hear what other riders did during their own Running In.


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Greets all,

I pick up my 07, K1200 GT today from my dealer here in Calgary. I "insisted" that I get my Manual early and have been reading it cover-to-cover. Not too shabby for information except for the rather similar Warnings for everything. I'm sure that I will get to know which are the most important to watch after I've been riding awhile.

My question for you all is this:

The Manual states that the first 1000 km are the "Running In" period and suggests to "try to do most of your riding during this initial period on twisting, fairly hilly roads, avoiding high-speed main roads and highways if possible." How important is this recomendation and what specifically is the goal of riding this way? I like to hear what other riders did during their own Running In.


Thanks,

LucidiT
The goal of this type of riding is to properly seat the rings. There are ways to seat rings (like the drag racing engine builders do) in less time but this is the best way. Just keep the revs at a moderate level and vary your speeds. I ran my engine in up in the mountain over two weekends. The break in miles will pass in no time and you'll be able to "let the big dog eat" soon enough.

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Greets all,

I pick up my 07, K1200 GT today from my dealer here in Calgary. I "insisted" that I get my Manual early and have been reading it cover-to-cover. Not too shabby for information except for the rather similar Warnings for everything. I'm sure that I will get to know which are the most important to watch after I've been riding awhile.

My question for you all is this:

The Manual states that the first 1000 km are the "Running In" period and suggests to "try to do most of your riding during this initial period on twisting, fairly hilly roads, avoiding high-speed main roads and highways if possible." How important is this recomendation and what specifically is the goal of riding this way? I like to hear what other riders did during their own Running In.


Thanks,

LucidiT
You need to avoid long periods at a constant speed, use the clutch, and you need to stay below 7000rpm for that period. Otherwise ride it any way you like. We don't have hills or a lot of twisty roads in Florida and the engines run-in just fine.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old May 29th, 2007, 3:15 pm
 
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Well am I ever Jealous . I've been trying to get a K1200GT since the start of the year (I wanna blue loaded one) and I'm currently waiting for a JULY build with a August or early September delivery. That'll give me what, 2 months of riding, 3 if I'm real lucky? .

Anyway, with respect to breakin (runin?), with all my new bikes I've found doing some tours around town is great. Go down to Eau Clair. Getting there will mean that you hit a number of lights, have to gear down and back up and keep the engine moving through the RPM band. Be more concerned about RPM than speed (well other than the obvious about speed). You want to run the RPM up to the 7K limit and back down again and NO cruising at a standard RPM. A nice ride somewhere, stop for 1/2 an hour or so for the engine to cool off and then ride again.

From my perspective you want to achieve two things:

1) Vary the RPM - no hard accelerate or braking for the first while.

2) Get the engine through a few heat cycles (Brought up to full operating temperature and then down again).

I haven't read the manual (cause I don't have one) yet but in the past with other bikes I hold the RPM down at the start but slowly build it up. So for the first X kilometers I'll hold it down to 7K then I'll bump it up to hit 8K for the next 100K or so etc.

So, if you have your bike now, make sure you come out for the "Ride for Dad" this weekend. I'll likely be on my Wing (as the K1200GT won't be here for awhile).
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See the Mototune website. This is how my 07GT was done. Glenn.
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Greets All,

Thanks for posting your opinions. It helps me to figure out the common sense and the Manual. I picked up my bike at 7pm and rode around for 3 hours before I had to go to work at midnight. What a amazing piece of machinery and I have no qualms whatsoever that I made the right choice of bike for me and damn the cost!

I will post some pics soon. Going to Banff on Thursday for the Mountains and hills.



@BCDon - Glad to see another cowtowner posting. Any details you can add on the Ride for Dad?
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Congrats on the new ride!

The Blue ones are breaking in much easier than the others. :-))

Take care!

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"Ride for Dad" is for Prostate Cancer. This particular one appears to be Canada only, don't know if there is a similar U.S. one going on. Go to http://motorcycleridefordad.org/. For Calgary it is this Saturday, meeting downtown and riding about. I think a $25 registration fee and they'd like donations and / or pledge sheets. As my wife is an oncology Nurse, it is the sorat thing I support (plus at my age I hope to only support it in this fashion). I've offered one of the local Oncology Docs a lift on my Gold Wing as he doesn't have his own bike so if he is game I may be doing that.

Appears that registration is either Friday evening (should be fun with the transit strike) or Saturday morning (likely a better choice with a transit strike) from 7:00 to 9:00, ride departing at 9:20 from downtown. It is police escorted, don't know a lot of details. I'll just be in line behind other bikes and follow them I understand there is a parade ride through town then a ride in the country, I think it may be out towards the South West.
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Ouch! 9:20 am is too early for me, BCDon. I get off work this Sat. at 8am and have to sleep. Maybe try to make it next year because I just turned 40 and it sounds like a good cause.

Thanks for the details.


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