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Break in period for V7?

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by Dayve, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. Dayve

    Dayve Moto Enguzziast

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    I see a lot of posts about a break in period, and assume it is like a car, you want to take it easy for the first 500 miles or so, to let the pistons set, etc.? What all should I be doing or not doing on the break in period for a V7III?
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Yes, it's much like the initial running in period with a car.

    The first 1000km (about 600 miles) you should avoid revving it over 4500 rpm, running it for too long at a single rpm speed, and work the transmission, clutch, and brakes gradually to let everything bed in. As you approach that 600 mile point, rev it a little more past 4500rpm, in stages. The first service at the end of that period is critical, and should be a *full* service: change all the lubricants in engine, transmission, and rear drive, change the engine oil filter, adjust the valves, and check *everything* on the bike to assure that all critical fasteners are properly torqued and all adjustments (clutch cable, etc) are spot on.

    Then my advice is to continue the break in through 1000 miles (to about 1600 km) gradually pushing the engine to red line and feeling how it's running. On my Racer, it was quite clear that at about 800-900 miles it just started to run and rev more sweetly: it'd passed some critical running-in threshold and was ready to be used to the full.

    Moto Guzzi transmissions are very robust, in general, and often take even a while past that to fully run in and reach their optimum smoothness. My Racer is almost there at about 4500 miles; my 1989 LeMans
    Mark V wasn't really fully run in on the transmission until past 10,000 miles. :)

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    Dayve Moto Enguzziast

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    Ok, good information. I wish the V7 Carbon had a Tach. Does Todd do the incremental services over in Orange? Would the bike I am getting have the bad oil filter that I have been hearing about?

    Dave
     
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    Godfrey High Miler GT Famiglia

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    You can set the rev warning to flash a light at 4500 rpm, even on the bikes without a tachometer I believe. :)
     
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    The rev indicator light is a warning, not a limiter. At least on the V7 motors, nothing prevents you running past where it flashes a warning at you until you get to the hard-set rev limiter in the ECU, which is set to 7200 rpm. You can't change that. If you set the rev warning indicator past 7200 rpm on the V7, it will never illuminate.

    After I passed the 1000 mile mark, I set it to 6500 rpm. Racer's pretty rev happy now, with the Agostini mufflers and the lovely custom ECU map that Todd developed for me, so I use the rev warning light as a visual "shift now! dummy" indicator when I get a little too happy with the throttle...

    Racer happily pulls right to the rev limiter at 7200, at least in the first five gears. I haven't had enough road free in front of me to see if it gets there in sixth so far, and don't have a driving need to do so anyway. :D
     

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