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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Took the bike out on the real streets for the first time.

With only 60 miles going up and down my street at a max speed of 30mph, it was a matter of time that I would get my confidence up to go on the main road.

Problem is, I live in an area where the main road goes average 45mph to 55. About highway speeds. But its just not realistic in my situation to keep the revs under 4000 and 5000 according to the manual. So I was more in the 6000 to 9000 range on the open road. The bike performed beautifully, and couldnt be happier. Just hope its not getting damaged by my riding it so high. I rode it up and down my street first at 25 a couple times first to try and warm it up, and did my best to be smooth with the bike on stopping, starting, and accelerating.

Anyone else had to break the 'break in' procedure like I did? I got the 2012 model. Thanks. Good riding to all.
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Thats about what I did
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-05-2012, 05:03 PM
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Just did my first oil change (630 miles) I have the same situation as you do and have had 0 problems. Just don't dog it to much and it should be fine.

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Yeah ive had to do the same but theres different ways to break in a bike ive heard a lot of pple say that a hard break in can be better than a soft break in. But im not sure, i havent heard an expert talk about it.

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be patient

Don't break it in hard, do yourself a favor and follow the Kawasaki break in instructions. Just because someone before you did it and doesn't have a problem at 2500 miles doesn't mean that they won't have a problem at 7500. Savvy?

Anyways, does the gearing vary that much from on '02 to a '12? I have an '02 and when I hit 55 mph I am not even at 6500rpm. As a matter of fact, the only way I even get higher than 6500rpm is if I am really getting on it, and I can still travel at marked speeds. You should really wait to ride it hard until you have it broken in well if you desire the bike to last.

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http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Do_I_re...k-in_period%3F

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Don't break it in hard, do yourself a favor and follow the Kawasaki break in instructions. Just because someone before you did it and doesn't have a problem at 2500 miles doesn't mean that they won't have a problem at 7500. Savvy?

Anyways, does the gearing vary that much from on '02 to a '12? I have an '02 and when I hit 55 mph I am not even at 6500rpm. As a matter of fact, the only way I even get higher than 6500rpm is if I am really getting on it, and I can still travel at marked speeds. You should really wait to ride it hard until you have it broken in well if you desire the bike to last.

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http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Do_I_re...k-in_period%3F
hm.. are you the first owner of your bike? Because it sounds like you have a different set of sprockets. If you have the stock sprockets, you should be close to 7500rpm, if not a little more, when going 60mph.



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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-08-2012, 04:30 PM
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I have a 2012 as well with a little under 3000 miles. First let me say that these bikes arent made of glass. Chances are, nothing bad is going to happen mechanicly. When I bought mine I was told by the mechanic at the dealer to try and keep it under 10,000 rpms. Even if something does happen, you're still under warranty! But what if something happens after the first year you may ask? Spend the extra 400 some odd dollars for the extended warranty! Remember, when it comes to vehicles....THE JAPANESE KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING!!! Best of luck
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-10-2012, 01:21 PM
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Sounds like you simply need to shift a little sooner. Max RPM you should really need is 7-8k on those roads. In 6th gear going 60mph you'll be at 7k exactly. If you're going faster it'll obviously climb.

Overall don't worry about the bike getting hurt. It'll be just fine if you keep it under 12k.
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