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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-11-2018, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hey there people of Versys! Excited to have just picked up my new 2017, Versys 300x Non ABS. I have had it for 2 weeks now and carefully breaking in the engine in this Sacramento 100+ degree weather. Forum sais to post twice so i can par-take in the community. hope this works?
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Thoughts on Hot weather break-in?

Obviously there is hundreds of opinions on break-in procedure. The manual is very conservative with 4000 rpm for the first 500 miles and then 6000 rpm from 500-1000 miles. But nothing on Hot 95+ degree weather break-in.

I'm 200 miles in on my 300x and so far the first 100 miles I was able to keep it around 4k rpm but from that point the engine is starting to feel more optimum at 6k rpm and have been keeping it in that range. Its been between 90-103 degrees in Sacramento so I'm being very cautious and aware of the temp gauge in the stop and go traffic, stopping and parking in the shade for a short amount of time. Maybe I am babying it and not confident in the toughness of these motors..

Does anyone have experience with Extreme hot weather break-in?
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Hot weather break-ins are the same as any other break-in.

I am glad that you have realised the futility and potential harm that you can do your new engine by babying it. EVERY Kawasaki has this same limit in their manual.
What is important is to vary the engine rpm, on and off the throttle. Your bike was revved to the redline in the factory. Just run it in as you intend to ride it but hold off on the full throttle and full rpm for a while. The X300 area has multiple threads on rnning in.

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I'm exactly halfway through the break-in period on my '17 Versys 650, and I live in concrete swampland where my after-work commute home has me riding in a triple digit heat index. After riding by the book for the first 200 miles, I'm just riding her the way I plan to ride her. We're both very happy.
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A thermostat does what a thermostat does! It doesn't matter what temp it is out side,
the engine is kept at a (range) of temp by the thermostat!

Now if you're riding around in near 180 temp (near engine temp) then I would start to worry.
Not so much of the bike, but you!!!
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Hi David,

I believe we humans are more affected by the heat than the bike. I live in Roseville and this time of year and love riding in the cool mornings we get from the Delta breeze; before the heat kicks in. When I got my 650 in 2016, I headed for all the great backroads around here and stayed off the freeways. Find lots of twisty roads so you can vary your speeds, and load on the engine. It's also a great way to get used to the bike.
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