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1400 Break In

Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by KCM, Apr 17, 2019 at 10:16 AM.

  1. KCM

    KCM Just got it firing!

    Apr 14, 2019
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    First time Guzzi guy. At the risk of creating more debate probably than tires or oil, recently read a piece by a guy calling himself "Moto Man". Some of his points are well taken, tho I've had no problems with my new engines in the past. His contention of use of petro base oil for break in causes an issue as I believe the 1400 comes with syn in it from the factory. I'm guessing Guzzis can use auto oil due to the pre unit construction. Even at that, I've found no petro 10w60 or even 10w50 on the market. Thoughts on break in procedure? Thanks.
  2. Trout

    Trout GT Reference

    Feb 27, 2010
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    Use good quality oil that meets/exceeds factory specs.

    First 500 miles vary the throttle.
    In other words don't ride at the same speed for extended periods.

    Only allowed to bounce off the rev limiter a few times (Sarcasm just don't make a habit of it)

    Pretty much ride it according to your style.

    Way better to run around the 4000 mark.

    Takes about 20,000 miles to fully break in a Guzzi but after the first 500 just ride the beast.

    Change all oils frequently & check adjust valves.
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  3. stephenm

    stephenm Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

    Feb 12, 2013
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    "I've found no petro 10w60 or even 10w50 on the market. "

    Typically, only synthetics can cover such broad number spreads in their viscosity ratings.
    There are no circumstances when it is beneficial to use a lower quality oil than spec.
    The engine has Nikasil bores. This means, as already noted, a long break in period,
    but apart from never lugging the engine, no special treatment is required.
    If by 'auto oil' you mean there is no wet clutch to worry about, that is correct.
    Just stick to the spec 10W-60 synthetic.

    The engine loves to spin, and does not reward riders who expect it to be like a Harley.
    Let it run up and down the range, enjoy yourself.

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  4. Quattroa4m

    Quattroa4m Tuned and Synch'ed GT Site Contributor!

    Aug 31, 2014
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    Nashville, TN
    Most likely Moto Guzzi used Nigusil which is a MG patented alloy/coating for cylinder bores.
  5. Guzzi_Lou

    Guzzi_Lou Cruisin' Guzzisti

    Jul 4, 2015
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    Toronto, Canada
    ^ interesting on the Nigusil. I wonder if Nikasil, which is used by many car manufacturers in lieu of cylinder sleeves was a copy of that? Or vice versa ... actually, just looked it up.

    Nikasil invented in 1967 by Mahle. Nigusil introduced by MG in 1979.

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