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Old 10-03-2008, 04:07 PM   #1
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Magic Break-In Oil?

I picked up my F800GS yesterday, and I asked the dealer for an oil filter so I could change the oil and filter after the first 50 or so miles.
He told me not to change it until 600 miles because it had break-in oil in it, and it wouldn't have a chance to work if not left in for 600 miles.
umm, ok
Then the tech giving me the new bike checklist talk, told me the tires had 42 lbs. because he felt the bike handled better and the tires weared better-lasted longer that way.
I've only ridden about 30 miles, but it feels like they're too hard.
every little bump is exaggerated
Any thoughts?

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Old 10-03-2008, 04:34 PM   #2
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Find a new dealer.

I rode my Strom fairly hard. More or less along the lines of the Motoman break in precedure. I changed the oil at 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1500 miles. Oil and filters are cheap insurance. Then switched to full synthetic.

Check the factory recomendations on those tires. I think they might be more than a tad overinflated.
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Old 10-04-2008, 05:48 AM   #3
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I had the same tire pressure experience @ my dealer -- they put in 42/42.

The manual calls for 32/36 psi (printed on back cover of the owner's manual & on a label under seat) if just the driver and no luggage. I agree 42/42 is a bit too firm....
I'm running 34/38 and it seems good.

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Old 10-04-2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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42 front sounds way too much. Even 42 rear too much especially if solo.

There IS break in oil in airplane reciprocal engines but not for modern ground vehicle engines. I do the hard run before 20 miles routine and then like you change the oil at 50-100 miles and then again at 600.

Did the SERVICE MANAGER tell you about break in oil? If so, I"d be a bit leery of the dealership.
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Old 10-04-2008, 04:21 PM   #5
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Dealers magic oil

One of the sad things about a lot of dealers is how they get some wanker who knows nothing to hand you the keys to your new bike. When my friend picked up her brand new 2004 F650 in Montreal the guy didn't know how to check the oil or remove the seat. If it isn't the service manager or one of the mechanics giving the advice it is worthless. You will find out pretty quick that the average owner here knows more about their particular bike than the average sales guy. Once while talking to a salesman I asked if a bike across the room had ABS. He said he would go check the file and see.....I took a few steps till I could make out the ABS rings on the wheels...
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Old 10-04-2008, 06:32 PM   #6
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I've always been under the impression that "break-in" oil is just regular dino oil . I've always rode the bike like I stole it and change the oil more than once before the 600 mile service. You definitely won't hurt the bike by changing the oil before the first service.
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