2011 BMW 528i: Skipping
July 25, 2011
Our long-term 2011 BMW 528 got new rear tires on Friday, just before I took it for the weekend. Mike Schmidt warned me to take it easy for a bit to break them in. I told him, sure, I know. I related to him a story of a friend of mine in Detroit who had never fallen from his motorbike. Until he got a new rear tire and rode fast just after mounting it. That big, greasy donut spun up and spat him off in a corner. "I don't know about those Dunlops," he said. The rest of us in the riding group asked him if he forgot about wearing off the tire mold release...
By coincidence, we also got Dunlops on our 528 -- 18-inch runflat SP Sport Maxx GTs. After driving 100 miles (more than enough to scrub the tires), I decided to drive quickly on a freeway on-ramp. The pavement turned out to be bumpy, and the rear of the car noticeably skipped a few times going around the bend. Nothing to get worried about, though.
I hadn't notice this before in the 528, but I will try it when I get it the next time I get the car. Because those tires should have been scrubbed in by then.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 17,600 miles