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Initial Break-in Ride - Any Tips?

Discussion in 'Stelvio Chat & Tech' started by Bonaventure, Aug 12, 2017.

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    Bonaventure Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Site Contributor!

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    So the new Stelvio should arrive either late this coming week or week after. I'm meeting the transport driver at a truck stop and plan to take the long way home so to speak and do an hour or hour and a half break-in ride with minimal stopping at intersections and etc, try to keep it rolling for temp management with route offering speed variance with curves. Pretty flat around here so grades are unlikely. Any additional tips or advice?
     
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    Congrats on the new machine!

    Pretty much ride it like you are normally going to ride it.
    Wouldn't want to be hitting the rev limiter right off but you do want to vary the RPM's & speed.

    Guzzi's have a fairly long break in period the first 5,000 miles are kind of like teaching the bike how to behave.
    I have noticed that around 10,000 miles the engine loosens up a bit & runs smoother.
    My 2011 Black Eagle seemed to hit another happy spot at the 20,000 mile mark.
     
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    The key is to get the rings to seat. As Trout said, vary speed, but do load the engine with some rapid acceleration to build combustion pressures. If the rings aren't seated early, they may take forever to seat (if at all) when using synthetic oil. Keep this variation up until at least the first service.
     
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    I understand that it's also good idea to balance the break-in with some engine braking during downshifts, with the same caveat not to downshift such that rpm's would flare above 75% of red line, and to close the throttle smoothly.
     
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    Just enjoy it and ride.
     
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    How do you run it while it's coming up to normal operating temp and with no oil temp gauge when do you know the motor is hot enough for the throttle runs to begin?
     
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    Normally. No modern internal combustion engine should be warmed up. Fire, wait 5 seconds and ride off like normal... well, that is if you have the correct fueling (my GT map) and intake leak plugged (evap cann).
     
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    The charcoal canister creates a leak on these bikes?

    I'm going to have to do the initial break-in ride from nearby a truck stop since that's where it's being delivered by the 18 wheeler transport. After filling it with 92 (highest that location offers) plan on doing the technique in your link above and stay out of the city and off the freeways, want to put at least 50 miles on the clock during this process.
     
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    Back roads are way more fun on a Stelvio (or any Guzzi) anyway. Pick the curvy blue lines on the road map if you can. I have 8500 miles on mine and fewer than 25 of those are interstate miles.
     
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