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New bike break in...

I was reading in the manual that for the first 500 miles, you should not rev over 4000 rpms, and then no more than 6000 rpms until you reach 1000 miles.

Kinda hard to keep up to the speedlimit at only 4000 rpms.

How important is it to stay with this?
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If I got to break in a new motorcycle, I would do it according to Motoman's method.
In the crucial first 50 miles it is mandatory that you do NOT keep it at 4k rpm. On the contrary.
As long as you properly warm up the engine first, you can ride the snot out of it. The rpm limits are written by lawyers IMHO, not by engineers. YEMV

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That's good. I haven't gotten over 7-8k rpms. But I don't wanna creep along either.
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If I got to break in a new motorcycle, I would do it according to Motoman's method.
In the crucial first 50 miles it is mandatory that you do NOT keep it at 4k rpm. On the contrary.
As long as you properly warm up the engine first, you can ride the snot out of it. The rpm limits are written by lawyers IMHO, not by engineers. YEMV
This is still a pretty intensely debated topic on the web. Some agree with the 'hard break-in' as noted above, others don't. Its like Mac or PC. Star Wars or Star Trek. Harleys or Sportbikes.

Either way, you should know that Kawasaki puts the same sticker on every single bike they make. From the 250cc parallel-twin Ninja 250R all the way to the 1000cc inline-4 ZX-10R. In other words, take the sticker with a grain of salt.

My personal opinion? Basically ride it normally, but just don't beat on it hard on purpose for the first little while. Don't do any full-throttle dragstrip launches or bounce it off the rev limiter. I promise you'll be fine.

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It's to hard to keep it under 4k, I tried but it only lasted approx 5 minutes. Just dont kill it she'll be good
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I was told by the guy who helped me pick out my V that the manual is crap for directions on break in. He did tell me you want to "get on it good" every once in a while.
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Robots is right. Same sort of break in procedure in just about every bike manual and everyone has an opinion

I broke in my 2003 Z1000 on the racetrack. Second time I sat on it.
Owned it for 6 years and never had a problem.

Don't think the Versys has been below 4000 rpm yet!!
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Yeah, it's good to gradually increase your maximum rpm and to accelerate across the rev range, gradually increasing throttle opening and engine load. Rings break in better with the engine under load under acceleration. Engine braking helps too. Avoid sustained rpm and low loads, but don't lug it at a too low rpm. A swift break-in is important to prevent glazing the cylinders, causing blowby and long term problems... I did a good gradual break-in and was accelerating up to redline in 2nd and 3rd gear by 100 miles, and changed the oil at the end of the first day at 140 miles.

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Just remember Up and down !!!

Don't stay at any RPM for too long and you will be fine...

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Picked mine up on a Tuesday and left Thursday on a 1000 mile round trip (rallye), did first oil change upon return. Just used it like I normally would but did not "wring its neck" or drone down the Interstate. You can run the speed limit without excessive RPM. Mine used NO oil during the first 1.1K or none since.
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anyone else care to chime in? Im buying a versys in the next two weeks and was wondering what is the better method, and what would you experienced technicians say are the pros and cons of each method? thanks
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I'm on my 3rd bike for break-in. Its actually hard to stay at 4k rpm and not lug the bike and lugging is worse than going over 4k rpm.

I usually try to keep it under 6k rpm for the first 100 or so miles after changing the factory oil. Lots of accelerations at increasing rpms then engine breaking, rinse repeat. After 600 miles I change the oil and filter again, then act like its broken in.
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Last month's Cycle World answered this question in the "Service" section very well. I don't have the article handy, but the answer was very good and worth reading.

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Having a boatload of experience with 2-stroke snowmobiles/Jet-ski's and motocross bike over the years. The accepted break in used by most race teams is to ride for about 20 minutes at an average of 1/4 throttle (that means it's ok to go over that for a short stint, then turn it off and let it cool completely to cold. Then 1/2 throttle/cool til cold. And so on til you end up riding it hard for the 20 minutes then letting it cool til cold. After that let er' fly! Now I realize this for 2 strokes, but I think we get the jist. It's the hot/cold cycles that help the rings seat.
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When I got mine in July last year i also felt 4000 bogged it down, after talking to the dealer and the techs, i changed it to 5000rpms first 500 and 6500rpms fot 1000. i've had no problems-4200 miles and made the break in much easier to deal with. The miles come quick.


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Took the bike with 150km on the ODO. Kept the rev under 4K till about 500Km , than replace engine oil . Till 1000km never exceeded 6K on the rev. Now the V has done 9k+ no probelm at all.

Just don't over do it in the first 500Km will be a good break in procedure.

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I'm wondering if bikes or cars even need to be broken in. Seems that guys who are real gentle for the first 1000 miles don't have any problems and the guys who run it like they stole it for the first 1000 miles also don't have problems.

I say just drive it how you want.
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I now have about 275 miles on my new Green Versys. I've got to admit that I haven't gone past 10.5 RPM or more than 115 mph. Guess what, it's still running, and well I might add.

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