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I know a lot of people that used the moto man way where you beat on the engive to seat the rings. They have had good luck with it.
 

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I know this is a controversial subject, but how did you break-in your new bike?
Hi Jeremy went out on saturday 450 miles on the clock put 120 more on due first sevice tuesday did not take rpm above 6000.
Did notice that the gear change a bit more sticky near end of run but ran well
most of the day.
 

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Hi everyone,
I just purchased my versys 2 days ago and have only put about 17 miles on it so far. Should I follow the break-in procedure as mentioned in the manual? Has anyone else done it this way with good results?
Also, I've heard that with new motors, the break in period should last about as long as the first tank of gas......I know thats vague but is this feasable?
Thanks
 

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do not follow the manual break in procedure do it the moto man way. My 2 bikes run nice and strong doing it his way!
 

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I wonder what ever happened to Motoman, he hasn't updated his site in about 5 years.
 

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Al right, I'm confused (so what else is new :D ), If one person is so great at coming up with a proper break-in procedure, then why do all of the manufacturers have their apparently conservative time frames like that for the Versys. I can't deny (especially since I'm so new to the sport), that Motoman's method gets us all up and running at a more "pleasant" rate of speed, but I'm going to stick to what Kawasaki says. They designed it, they tested it, they build it, and given that they probably have a pretty big team working on all of this, I'm more willing to trust them the some guy who can't even give out his real name or what credentials qualify him to make his claims.
 

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Al right, I'm confused (so what else is new :D ), If one person is so great at coming up with a proper break-in procedure, then why do all of the manufacturers have their apparently conservative time frames like that for the Versys.
It reduces the risk of injury to the rider... ;)

If someone got on their new YZX1200RR with 150 HP and ran it hard without some sort acclimatization period, it's likely they'd show up as a statistic somewhere. Even bikes like the Versys with "only" 64 HP can do that to you if you are not an experienced rider (and sometimes, even to those that have experience). So, it's safer for everybody to take it easy in the first 600 miles and get to know the bike. Not unlike the 100 mile break-in period recommended for new tires. Tires are broken in after one heat cycle (one lap of a racetrack, a good run on a twisty road, etc.), but almost all manufacturers mention the 100 mile break-in period.

Gustavo
 
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