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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-20-2012, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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For the engine break-in of 0-90 miles...

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Do not operate for extended periods of time at throttle positions above
1/3 throttle. Vary the engine speed frequently. Do not operate for
extended periods of time at any one throttle position.
So, how long is an extended period of time?

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Parts need to expand and contract during break in so the rings can mate properly with the cylinders. That's where that statement comes from. The worst thing you can do is drive like a granny. I believe they are talking about the extreme, i.e. 8 hours at 55mph. I drive a new bike just like one with 50k miles. Never had a problem. Common sense prevails.

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Do not use the cruise control to break in your new bike. Try running compression and decompression runs in each gear. Choose roads that will make you vary the speed and move the bike through the gears. Don't do your first 500 miles on a 500 mile trip you cruise on the highway at a constant speed.

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Do not use the cruise control to break in your new bike. Try running compression and decompression runs in each gear. Choose roads that will make you vary the speed and move the bike through the gears. Don't do your first 500 miles on a 500 mile trip you cruise on the highway at a constant speed.

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Good advice on the varying run cycles... I always run my bikes and trucks hard when they are brand new. I had a mentor early on in life that told me to break in all vehicles how you expect them to be run later on down the road.

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Good advice on the varying run cycles... I always run my bikes and trucks hard when they are brand new. I had a mentor early on in life that told me to break in all vehicles how you expect them to be run later on down the road.

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yup, ride it like you stole it. If you are going to be going on a long trip just make sure you switch gears to vary the RPMs, although you should be able to get through break-in quickly

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In the March issue of CYCLE WORLD magazine, on page 72, the subject is discussed very succinctly in the Service section. +1 on continually vary engine and bike speed / after 100 miles, briefly shoot revs up / never, never lug - keep 'er over 2500 rpm. As the reply in CW states; the manufacturer knows best.

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Parts need to expand and contract during break in so the rings can mate properly with the cylinders.
Does not apply to current cylinder ring material technology.

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Does not apply to current cylinder ring material technology.
OK. But the answer to the OP's question is still the same. Vary speeds, don't lug and don't redline.

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OK. But the answer to the OP's question is still the same. Vary speeds, don't lug and don't redline.
You are absolutely correct.

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Does not apply to current cylinder ring material technology.
Do you have a reliable source that could confirm and explain your assertion in some greater depth?

Nevertheless, I agree with the USMC guy. I ride new bikes just like I ride old bikes. If I'm on the highway on a new bike for several miles I might pin the throttle every once in a while, but that's about it.

And even that is probably overkill. A lawnmower is about as old tech as I imagine one could buy and they work for years running at the same engine speed indefinitely.




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