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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-02-2017, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Breaking in a new bike

Lots of contention around what method is best - ride hard or ride soft. This is the best explanation i've seen to date.

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Pretty much sounded like this... Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power which is what I do.

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With new tech and motors less of a concern these days. I followed the manufactures suggestion (what do they know,right?) and motor runs great. I always think they know best.

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That video is basically what the head mechanic told me at the dealership, he also mentioned I could have gone full synthetic from the start. Engine braking takes a very important part in the process.
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I didn't know about the other methods when I picked mine up but as a pretty new rider it probably wouldn't have been safe for me to do anyway like he says. I've been just doing the manufacturer method but at least I had read enough early on to know to vary RPM, not lug engine etc. All my break in miles are on country roads so I get to shift up and down and engine brake a lot. Hope my engine is ok. Just got to 500 miles the other day and had some fun going up to 6k rpm! Can't imagine what the full range is going to feel like in another 500. Can't wait.
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...Hope my engine is ok. Just got to 500 miles the other day and had some fun going up to 6k rpm! Can't imagine what the full range is going to feel like in another 500. Can't wait.
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What he said is rather standard and accurate. Don't baby it for 500 miles, but don't rape it the first 5 miles. It takes applying graduated pressures to the engine and full heat cycles. I'm spoiled in that I have unrestricted access to a dynamometer. I can break in engines in under 50 miles. I've built and helped build some awesome Kawi twins.

True story. Worked for a dealer and a young man bought a new GSXR750. He decided to get through all his break in miles by riding it on a business trip that was about 1000 miles long. He took the interstate to be efficient and save time. Even at 70 plus mph the GSXR was only turning 5000rpm or so (he never let the tach show above whatever the manual said not to go above). He made sure not to abuse the engine in that initial break in period. Anyway, he came back to us and told the service department his new bike smoked like an old beater. Suzuki authorized a teardown of the engine. Sure enough, he glazed the cylinders and relaxed the piston rings. Had he taken the GSXR to a track day, he could have had the bike broke in solid and tight in three sessions or so.
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That guy makes good videos. I break mine in according to the manual, but I agree with what he says about why the manual is probably conservative.
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