RED-LINE it babe!!!
So my GS is now at the 4K+ mark
on the odometer. As yet it's still burning oil like there's no
tomorrow. It averages about something in the neighborhood of 1/2
a quart every three weeks (no I didn't measure the amount
scientifically. It's just an approximation). I know these bikes
burn oil but this is a little on the ridiculous side. So one day,
at Jaime's suggestion and reminder, I called up the BMW dealer in
Pomona. What I found out was that BMW's recommended break in of
600 miles below 4K RPM was really inadequate. Instead, I have to
start riding the power band in order to break in the engine
properly. Otherwise I will have to be on dyno oil until 12K
miles. My thoughts ... "bummer dude. I was hoping to go
synthetic by 6K."
As it turns out, I'm not the only one that has fallen prey to the soft
throttle hand condition. According to the service guy, he has
seen a lot of these cases where owners of the GS would baby their
bikes. As for me, I wasn't trying to baby my GS. Rather I
was trying to get the best gas mileage I can because of recent gas
prices. Anyway, now it's time to put the GS through
boot camp. So on the trip home after
the BMW service guy talk, I started riding the power band. I
figured I should get the bike up to anywhere between 6500 to
7000RPM. I noticed
the engine struggling to get up to 7K RPM. Nonetheless, this is
what the doctor ordered so I forced the issue.
My initial reaction was, "Man... this babe sure is fast." I
hadn't realize how powerful the GS was until I was force to ride it
like this. Suffice to say, everybody gave me a wide birth on my
way home. I would speed up and slow down and speed up and slow
down on the freeway. The drivers out there were probably thinking
insane. Still, I'm just doing what had to be done. I don't
particularly like to showing off or anything.
I started the break in on the freeway but eventually figured the side
streets are much better because I can take the GS up to 7K RPM and only
reach 45-50MPH. So I started riding surface roads that had a lot
of lights. I took the stance of "Rev whenever you can, when it's
clear, and when it's safe".
I asked Jaime how long he kept up this PB break in routine and he
replied "1K miles". That's a long distance.
Approximately 3-4 weeks have gone by with a lot of refueling
and a lot of revving, the engine is happy. Very happy. The
bike treats 6-7K RPMs as no big deal and rewards my abuse by giving me
more power (e.g. awesome acceleration).
Yes! Also, riding at 40 MPH in
fourth gear yields 3750 RPM as opposed to 4K
RPM. These are noticeable improvements over how the bike behaved
before. At this point I'm planning on taking the bike up between
for the extended break in.
Two weeks into the extended break in and I have decided to call it
quits. Why? At 7500 RPM, the GS is humming along and at
approximately 8300 RPM the limiter kicks in and convulses the
The bike is so much smoother and so well behaved that I have decided to
claim the break in done. On top of that, this break in business
is expensive because it burns fuel like there's no tomorrow. The
hard work out has lasted approximately 500+ miles. The ending
result is the bike no longer burns oil like a two stroke engine.
Low end RPMs are really
smooth. I now see the bike burn much less oil and less
fuel. Still, I have a quart of 20W50 in my pannier just in
case. One can never be too sure.
The next thing for me to do is change oil to get rid of all the
metallic particulates. The filter should take care of most of it
but it's better to be safe than sorry. I'm planning on staying
with dyno oil until the odometer reaches 9000 before I switch over to
synthetic (SG) oil.
It was actually a pain and fun bringing the GS up to red line in first
gear. Most cars thought I was racing them but in reality I was
just breaking in my motor. I even had a Toyota Corolla
try to race me. Incredible.
As I recall, the R1200GS does something like 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.
A Ferrari Enzo does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds. Just think, I'm almost
as fast as a Ferrari Enzo. How much does an Enzo cost? I believe
it's something like ... $770,868. Id's rather buy an entire
fleet of motorcycles. All makes and model. Riding a bike a
day for a year. BTW, what does a Toyota
Corolla do from 0-60? 15 seconds maybe.
Boy, some people really have ego issues.
Written on: Feb 15, 2006
Last modified: Feb 26, 2006