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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Breaking in my bike

I got my bike 5 months ago, and it's been stuck at 85miles on the odometer. Now that the Seattle weather is clearing up, what are the do and donts of breaking in my new bike?
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Has the bike been sitting awhile? I'd change the oil, check the tire pressures and all that good stuff, don't forget about brakes. Than just ride and enjoy!

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Just remember.."respect for the bike" is not what keeps you from crashing. You can have all the respect in the world for the bike, but when you do something accidentally and the bike reacts in a way that your skillset doesn't know how to respond to.......that's what ends you up on your head.
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For every person that came in "too hot" and ran off the track, there is somebody else who comes into that same turn, even hotter, on purpose.
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It sat for 4 months. I'd start it up for 15-20 min once or twice a month. Is it to early for a oil change? It only has 125 miles on it now? Tire pressure and
Brakes look good. A fresh tank of gas. How would I go about breaking in the engine? I remember the salesman telling me to break it in on the freeway but alternating the speeds. I.e. 55mph then 60mph then 57mph then 62mph. Is this true?

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It sat for 4 months. I'd start it up for 15-20 min once or twice a month. Is it to early for a oil change? It only has 125 miles on it now? Tire pressure and
Brakes look good. A fresh tank of gas. How would I go about breaking in the engine? I remember the salesman telling me to break it in on the freeway but alternating the speeds. I.e. 55mph then 60mph then 57mph then 62mph. Is this true?
Ah as long as you've been running it for a bit the oil should be good. But once you hit the 500 mark I recommend changing the oil to full synthetic. Like motul or amsoil a good quality oil. As far as break in goes everyone says to do it differently so there is no real true way to do it. Although any method I have heard or came across they all do say to fluctuate speed. Like accelerate pretty hard up to 60 or 65 than let off and let the engine break till about 50 or so. That way the engine is really working and breaking in properly. Pretty much my rule of thumb is to break it in the way you plan on riding it.

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Just remember.."respect for the bike" is not what keeps you from crashing. You can have all the respect in the world for the bike, but when you do something accidentally and the bike reacts in a way that your skillset doesn't know how to respond to.......that's what ends you up on your head.
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For every person that came in "too hot" and ran off the track, there is somebody else who comes into that same turn, even hotter, on purpose.
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check your owners manual it has step by step instructions for breaking it in and what to do if the bike has been sitting for a while good luck!
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I have a brand new 2012 250R. It's my 20th bike in the past 43 years (I started riding in 1969). The owners manual says not to exceed 4,000 rpm's for the first 600 miles (if I remember correctly?). That's almost impossible to do because 4,000 on a 250R is only around 30 mph. How do you drive 600 miles at 30 mph? Most any engine manufacture does think that a break-in is required. And yes, varying you engine speed is good during break-in. Here's what I'm doing. I'll try not to drive at a steady speed (like 60 mph for 30 minutes straight). I'll try not to rev my engine above 8,000 rpm's at all for the first 600 miles (that'll give you about 60 mph to play with instead of 30). Driving in a town with stop signs and stop lights every block or two is GOOD for breaking in. And yes, change the oil at 600 miles. The first oil change is very important to get tiny metal bits out of the engine (by replacing the old oil filter). Also the manual says not to change the oil after the initial change till 7,500 miles (I think that's ridiculous). I'd change it every 2,000 miles afterwards. Oil is cheap, engines are expensive, and it only holds a little less than two quarts. Synthetic is good, but any JASO MA certifide motorcycle oil will work.
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