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Re: oil change question

>Took it for a 500mi spin today with some around-town jaunts thrown in 
>and oil consumption was nil. It had previously been eating a little oil 
>based on the number of rides (as opposed to mileage), so that is good 
>news. Can I conclude from this that it was eating the oil because it was 
>too old? (34k mi on the bike.)

You have that backwards.  The cylinders on BMW's are made of a very
hard material (nikasil) and depending on how they are broken in, will
consume oil until the rings seat.  If a bike is "babied" during
break-in, it will take longer to seat.  

Wayne Woodruff