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Motorman / factory break in / mpg difference

I was curious if there is any evidence if one way or the other ends up giving more fuel efficiency.
Please post which way you broke yours in and what you get for mpg.
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I suggest a search for other posts on this and other forums.

Break-in threads tend to rile up the natives and bring out the worst in others.

It's like asking about WD-40 as a chain lubricant.


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This might be interesting but I doubt there'll be a lot of difference.......

Motoman breakin and about 54 mpg when I commute and take it relatively easy (a lot less when I don't).

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I suggest a search for other posts on this and other forums.

Break-in threads tend to rile up the natives and bring out the worst in others.

It's like asking about WD-40 as a chain lubricant.
I did a search, but didn't see this comparison.
Not trying to rile anyone up, just want to see if there is any indication of any benefits.
So, everyone try to keep your cool, this isn't a "my way is better than your way" comparison.
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Motorman break in. And, believe it or not, I have NEVER checked my mileage. Even if I did and liked it or did not like it, there isn't much I could do about it. I just ride it and enjoy it. When I need fuel, I fill up.

Right now I have close to 6000 miles and have only lubed the chain (WD-40) and done a few minor mods. Bought a cortech tail bag and have dropped the bike 3 times. One drop cracked the left turn signal - using black electrical tape it was good as new in no time. I did install a brake modulator and I really like it. Seems to get attention which is its major purpose.

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Motorman break in. And, believe it or not, I have NEVER checked my mileage. Even if I did and liked it or did not like it, there isn't much I could do about it. I just ride it and enjoy it. When I need fuel, I fill up.

Right now I have close to 6000 miles and have only lubed the chain (WD-40) and done a few minor mods. Bought a cortech tail bag and have dropped the bike 3 times. One drop cracked the left turn signal - using black electrical tape it was good as new in no time. I did install a brake modulator and I really like it. Seems to get attention which is its major purpose.

Have a great day.
I've never checked mine either. Don't care what it is, it's got to be better than my 14MPG truck so who cares.
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I was curious if there is any evidence if one way or the other ends up giving more fuel efficiency.
Please post which way you broke yours in and what you get for mpg.
Motoman - my '08 on the ride home from the dealer (around 50 miles), and I got 58 mpgUS on a ride the other day that included over 50 miles of sandy dirt roads. Usually I get around 56.
Motoman - my '09 on a LONGISH ride home from the dealer TOO. Can't remember the mileage (haven't even SEEN it since 14 October...), but it's PDG!

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I suggest a search for other posts on this and other forums.

Break-in threads tend to rile up the natives and bring out the worst in others.

It's like asking about WD-40 as a chain lubricant.
And WHAT else would you use on your chain...?

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Do not use WD-40 as a chain lubercant! Yahooo Yipee News 2-21-13.

Break in per Kawi! MPG= Unkown Sorry!





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I went by the manual, other than a good romp or two to seat the rings. I get between 54 and 60 MPG, funny thing is the harder I twist the right grip the worse the mileage gets.

I keep an eye on mileage as a sudden change is a good heads up that somethings not right.

Strangely I got better mileage on my Buell XB12SST than either my KLR of "V" until I wicked it up and then I was doing good to get 20 mpg! Of course at 80 it was turning over about 3,500 rpm.

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I suggest a search for other posts on this and other forums.

Break-in threads tend to rile up the natives and bring out the worst in others.

It's like asking about WD-40 as a chain lubricant.
Yepp! Let's blend in what make and/or viscosity of oil is the best. And tires? Hahaha...

Looking forward to an interesting but endless thread.
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OK Anders55, I know you want a long post BUT double posting is a 15 yard penalty for un-sportsman like conduct!

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OK Anders55, I know you want a long post BUT double posting is a 15 yard penalty for un-sportsman like conduct!
You are right. I deserved that penalty
I got carried away by this subject, excuse me. I will never repeat myself like this. Anymore. Anymore... etc.
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Motoman break-in for me since new with several oil changes early on.
I average 54 MPG. I never get below 50 no matter how aggresively I ride and get close to 60 when ridden conservatvely.
All this is highly subjective but one thing is true that Pat McGovern said would happen. My oil absolutely stays cleaner between oil changes which is indicative of good sealing rings with less blow-by. I compare this to other bikes I have owned in the past.
Bike runs flawlessly, Motoman ROCKS.
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Motoman break-in for me since new with several oil changes early on.
I average 54 MPG. I never get below 50 no matter how aggresively I ride and get close to 60 when ridden conservatvely.
All this is highly subjective but one thing is true that Pat McGovern said would happen. My oil absolutely stays cleaner between oil changes which is indicative of good sealing rings with less blow-by. I compare this to other bikes I have owned in the past.
Bike runs flawlessly, Motoman ROCKS.
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I was curious if there is any evidence if one way or the other ends up giving more fuel efficiency.
Please post which way you broke yours in and what you get for mpg.
I have 2012 with 10,000 miles changed sprocket to 43 tooth changed exhaust to a Jardine and put a commander on it, I run ams oil and lube chain every other fueling and I only get 37 to 40 MPG. But I live in Phoenix,AZ and drive 80 miles aday to and back from work and run 75 to 80 MPH under 6000 rpm because of sprocket change. Sounds like It may be better to leave stock for better fuel mileage ?
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I have 2012 with 10,000 miles changed sprocket to 43 tooth changed exhaust to a Jardine and put a commander on it, I run ams oil and lube chain every other fueling and I only get 37 to 40 MPG. But I live in Phoenix,AZ and drive 80 miles aday to and back from work and run 75 to 80 MPH under 6000 rpm because of sprocket change. Sounds like It may be better to leave stock for better fuel mileage ?
Your taller gearing is better for 80 mph... You just need to slow down to improve fuel mileage, and keep it under 5000 rpm if possible.
How much fuel are you adding at cruising rpm with your Power Commander?

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Your taller gearing is better for 80 mph... You just need to slow down to improve fuel mileage, and keep it under 5000 rpm if possible.
How much fuel are you adding at cruising rpm with your Power Commander?
I'm not sure what you mean buy how much fuel I'm adding at cruising rpm?
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