Break-in oil change

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by Wayne, May 16, 2019.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I guess this is why they recommend a 1000klm break-in oil and filter change. I did the oil change on my 1290r
    and saw some shiny bits.
  2. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I have always done a brisk 100km break in and change the oil and filter. Lots of tiny bits of metal in the oil. Then ride normally with no lugging the engine or droning along in one gear until 1000km. Change oil and filter again. Ride as if I were normal from that point on. Change oil and filter every 5000km.
  3. Bob

    Bob Active Member

  4. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    I figured these engines use a 'break-in' oil with certain additives which help during the break-in period of the engine. And maybe the reason they WANT you to use this oil for 1000klms. Changing at 100klm vs 1000klms, personally I'd stick with the manufacture recommendation to be safe. But that is just my opinion. And it is quite possible that 'break-in oil' and 'regular oil' is the same oil with some companies.
    Last edited: May 16, 2019
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I'm not convinced that "break in oil" actually exists. Some people recommend adding extra ZDDP (zinc dialkyldithiophosphate) to engine oil for break in but some studies suggest too much can cause pitting.

    IMHO, changing the oil early won't hurt anything but why do different from what the manufacturer recommends? The visible metal flakes are sitting in the oil pan, not circulating in the engine. The oil filter pulls out anything larger than a few microns.

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