I’ve heard lots of different theories on breaking in a bike. Some people say follow the manufacturers instructions to a T and that means keeping it below a certain RPM gauge. I’ve read other who swear by riding it super hard when you first get it, that way the valves (or something) will expand and form a better seal than if you follow what kawasaki says to do.
I think either way it doesn’t matter a whole lot unless you plan on keeping the bike for 5-10k miles. But if you plan on selling before then (which most people do) then I guess its someone elses problems. Of course that would suck for the person who buys your bike… It’s your call though, but I would probably follow the manufacturers advice, but its not going to hurt the bike if you rev it up a few times.
Also about the cold blooded – my bike is not fuel injected either and its really not that bad. Normally I have my boots/jacket/pants on and then I start the bike and finish by putting in my earplugs/gloves/helmet on. By the time I do this the bike is usually pretty warmed up.
I would really suggest starting on the 250 because if you are in it for the long haul, the 250 will give you an idea of what you want for your next bike. I’ve been through 4 or 5 bikes myself in the past couple years, so your first bike definitely won’t be your last. Plus the 250 has a great resale value.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin