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Hello Versys 300 Forum-ers.
I picked up my Versys 300 over the weekend. I've owned few bikes over the years, mostly in-line fours in the 650-1100 range, so this is a little different. With its light weight and desire to rev, it kinda reminds me of a yamaha RD350 2 stroke I used to own many years ago. Its going difficult (if not impossible and perhaps even dangerous) to comply with Kawasaki's break-in procedures...there are few places you can go (including the bike shop where I purchased) where traffic doesn't want, at least occasionally, to exceed 40 mph (~4K in 6th). So I'm following the collective wisdom seen here, varying revs, engine braking, and trying to not exceed 5K. If I can survive the next 400 miles, and can run up to 6K, I'll be good. This little bike certainly seems ready, and I'm looking forward to it.

I'm located in where Delaware, Southeast PA, and Northeast MD all come together, and there are a lot of awesome rides in this vicinity. Hope to take advantage of the experience of the forum participants, and maybe share some stories and pics. Perhaps I'll meet a fellow member!

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Breakin RPM/ Suggested by Head Mechanic

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Hello Versys 300 Forum-ers.
I picked up my Versys 300 over the weekend. I've owned few bikes over the years, mostly in-line fours in the 650-1100 range, so this is a little different. With its light weight and desire to rev, it kinda reminds me of a yamaha RD350 2 stroke I used to own many years ago. Its going difficult (if not impossible and perhaps even dangerous) to comply with Kawasaki's break-in procedures...there are few places you can go (including the bike shop where I purchased) where traffic doesn't want, at least occasionally, to exceed 40 mph (~4K in 6th). So I'm following the collective wisdom seen here, varying revs, engine braking, and trying to not exceed 5K. If I can survive the next 400 miles, and can run up to 6K, I'll be good. This little bike certainly seems ready, and I'm looking forward to it.

I'm located in where Delaware, Southeast PA, and Northeast MD all come together, and there are a lot of awesome rides in this vicinity. Hope to take advantage of the experience of the forum participants, and maybe share some stories and pics. Perhaps I'll meet a fellow member!

Thanks!
On my 2015 650 ABS I was told to ignore the RPM limit in the owners manual, not to run at a sustained RPM , but not to baby it, short 1 to 2 minute runs up to 8000 RPM, it was explained that today's motors are very close to 95% broken in, a very short window of break in compared to 20 years ago, also to use engine breaking which also helps to seat the rings. I hit close to rev limit within the first 1000 KM, also you can use full synthetic right from the start on the 650.
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Here's how I did the "break-in" on ALL THREE of my V650s, on the ride home from the dealer, then I changed the oil/filter.

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power

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Great Advice

Thanks to all for the tips on break-in. I think you're right, and both the sales guy and mechanic said much the same thing to me when I asked. I'm definitely not babying the motor, but plan to gradually increase revs once I get a few more miles on the bike. I was also thinking that getting the 600 mile service done a little early (say at 500-550 miles) is probably worth considering as well.

This info is one of the reasons I wanted to join the forum, and look forward to becoming a participating member!
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