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What is everyone doing for their break in period?

Following the manual or something else?

Right now I am following the manual because its why I have always done in the past.. But this 40MPH top speed is killing me!

The only time I was above the RMP was on my ride home, right off the showroom floor onto the freeway, it was great, but then I have been babying it ever since.
 

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Like you I had to drive home from the dealer on a freeway. It was a fast moving freeway, afterwork hours, going uphill. I had no choice but to go at least 70mph to avoid getting killed. Only a 13 mile ride, so I think the bike will be fine.

As for now I only ride on the streets. I'm easy off the line in first, but once I get going I give it the juice. The bike was made to rev high. After a couple hundred miles I'll be using it for freeway travel, business as usual.

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Break in is probably one of the most debated topics on motorcycles. Some believe in a hard break in while others prefer soft. Some prefer a mix. Personally I just ride mixed.
 

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I have always done 200 miles soft per factory spec and up the rpm every 100 miles after that. granted that was on dirt this is the first sport bike breakin for me hope it works as well.
 

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This is a new bike for me. And first time breaking in a motorcycle. It feels good at 6K, but I've been keeping it around 4-4.5K since I'm commuting in a city traffic.
 

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"Hard break-in" for me, I guess. I don't really believe in the whole low-rev deal for however many miles... What makes sense to me, is heat cycling. I believe that you have a limited time to mate your pistons to your cylinders, and that the most efficient way of doing so is to heat cycle your engine.

After four or five heat cycles (riding the bike any way you want to for a duration of time long enough to get the oil up to temperature, then turning off the bike and letting it fully cool before riding again), the pistons will have conformed shape to match the cylinders, and the "break-in" will be complete. Of course there are still the bearings to consider, so yes, rev-fluctuation is always a good thing for the first few hundred miles as well. I also change the oil at about 200 miles, and keep it conventional since it's lighter than synthetic, it will get to everywhere more easily and more quickly.

At the first scheduled oil change, I switch to fully synthetic, and keep it that way for the rest of its life. I don't think that there's one specific process which can correctly identify with every internal combustion in the world, but I feel that this is a solid technique - especially since our cylinders are sleeveless! Break-in with these new cylinders should be a snap!
 

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I'm going through the pain of breaking in right now.... handbook is to strict for me keeping under 4k I hold up traffic changing gear so much ha, dealer said 1000km and don't exceed 6k rpm, I've done 320km now and I and dieing to see what this thing can do aaaah!

I'm sure I could hard break it but I feel this is the way to do it, and by the way this topic sways from one side to the other (hard vs handbook) I reckon the gut feelings the best haha.
 

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I'm going through the pain of breaking in right now.... handbook is to strict for me keeping under 4k I hold up traffic changing gear so much ha, dealer said 1000km and don't exceed 6k rpm, I've done 320km now and I and dieing to see what this thing can do aaaah!

I'm sure I could hard break it but I feel this is the way to do it, and by the way this topic sways from one side to the other (hard vs handbook) I reckon the gut feelings the best haha.
My opinion only:

What's important is to vary the RPM and start off easy to 4000 RPM and running through the gears if everything is good keep cycling the gear changes up a 1000 RPM until you are at Traffic speeds. Once this is achieved without issue, run the RPM up to get to traffic speeds and keep riding at different RPMs. The Break is done when you are able to run the bike to Redline in each gear to 6th without the engine blowing up. This can be achieved by 600 to 1000 km of riding. Breaking in is varying RPM with bursts to high RPM followed by low RPM riding. This is working the range of the pistons and seating the rings. Stick with conventional oil for at least 2 oil changes to the 5 k mark, then go to synthetic.

Of course this is my 2 cents, some may or may not agree with doing this. However you do it is up to you.
 
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you need to remember, its a motorcycle, there is only so much we can talk about. not much point in having 4 million threads on just 1 topic, hence why we merge threads
Yeah but it`s 2 years old. There are much more recent break in threads that could of been bumped instead. Not a big deal, just sayin`
 

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you need to remember, its a motorcycle, there is only so much we can talk about. not much point in having 4 million threads on just 1 topic, hence why we merge threads
well I see admin/moderators being annoyed at dozens of new threads,

Also yes old thread.... same bike...same theory given I read it all why not post here?
 

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well I see admin/moderators being annoyed at dozens of new threads,

Also yes old thread.... same bike...same theory given I read it all why not post here?
its cool, i dont have a problem with it, i doubt the other mods will either.

thanks for using the search function
 
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