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- Subject: Burning Oil
- From: "Tom Brown" <tbrown@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 15:54:11 -0500
>Returned today from a weekend camp out. Total miles 500. Burned 20
oz. of oil. That's 5/8 quart. Relative to our recent discussion about
break in oil useage, it that excessive for a hex head?
>Bob Hadden '05R12S, '62R27
I've seen 'em use a lot of oil when they're new. Remember, break-in doesn't
end with the 600 mile service, only the 4,000 RPM restriction. You can ride
normally after that and you should flog the thing just before each oil change.
Find a good road and really wail on it with repeated hard accellerations and
some good revs as well during the last hundred miles or so before you change.
I believe there's something in the IBMWR Oilhead tech area on it.
Eventually, your consumption will come down dramatically, if it's at all like
the 1100s and 1150s. I see no reason for that not to be. The real change
comes somewhere above 10K miles. It will, of course, depend on how hard you
I was talking with Edelweiss ride leaders and mechanics on '03 and '04 tours.
They check oil every morning and top up all the bikes...all BMWs and nearly
all Oilheads. I had an 1100GS with a bit over 40K KM on it. I was riding it
like a banshee all day, every day and they said it hardly used any. My
friend had a near new 1150RT and it was going through a lot of it. They said
the older the bikes are, the less oil they consume. Some are better than
others, but I think it's more a function of how they're ridden. I'm a big
fan of riding conservatively until the bike is fully heated up...not just the
oil, but the whole engine...about 20 minutes of riding, then I go like holy
My 1150 was just getting to the point where it wasn't using much and I'd
switched to synthetic...sold it last week and now I have this new 1200RT
that's using it like crazy too.
I've got this little symbol that looks like this: " <!> " that comes on the
digital dash when I'm supposed to check the oil. I get a real warning light
if it's critically low. The light has never come on, but the check oil thing
has been on a lot.
Last time I rode, it was coming on intermittently. I checked the sight glass
when I came in and it was exactly half way up...just where I like it. I put
a little more in just to get the indicator to quit.
I refuse to run the bike with the level at the top of the glass out of
principal. I don't want windage and wet airbox syndrome. Even if BMW has
"fixed" this issue, which I haven't heard about, I still have my pride.