I've used the Motoman (hard break in) on my last four bikes, including the Versys. Never had an engine issue. Power seems to *improve* after 3k-6k miles, and shifting, and throttling has gotten consistently smoother. If you've driven home more than 60 miles, the break-in window for hard break in is over. I've broken in these last few on the way back from the dealer... Best thing you can do is put your bike on a dyno right out of the dealer. It'll be broken in by the end of the test.
I won't get into the oil change slippery slope, but I'm religious about changes. At 100 miles / 600 miles (dino); 1000 miles synthetic / and every 4k after with full synthetic.
As for the manual, break in recommendations are CYA. Most manufacturers list their shift points (in the manual) at rpms you'd never consider (look it up)... also CYA -- they'd have you believe you should be in 6th by 37mph or something in that neighborhood.
Most of the riders I know either do Motoman, or ride it out of the dealer the way they'd normally ride *after* a break in. Either way, you'll be fine. Just two things for the first couple hundred miles: don't lug it, and don't redline it...
2015 Versys 650 Pearl White
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