OK… Be honest now…
June 20, 2008 at 11:03 pm #1555megaspazParticipant
For those of you who bought brand new bikes, how many of you followed the manufacturer’s recommended break in guidelines?
I have to admit, those guidelines went out the window the second day I had my bike… puttering around highway 101 @ under 4K rpms just wasn’t gonna cut it.June 21, 2008 at 12:07 am #7583JoshGuest
I bought a new 250R about a month ago and never kept it under 4k, but I try not to take it much over 6-7k. My first day on it I tried to keep it between 4-5k rpm and there was just no way I could maintain that speed getting around, I would hold up traffic. So far no issues, I have been told by other riders that I work with to break it in the way you plan to ride it, not sure how true that is tho.June 21, 2008 at 3:38 am #7589BenParticipant
I’m under the school of thought that you should not go crazy with the bike, but you should take it through the revs.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles AdminJune 21, 2008 at 3:50 am #7590six-shooterParticipant
My Vulcan 500 doesn’t have a tach, but recommends staying under 48mph in 6th for the first 500 miles… needless to say, since I have to travel the freeways, I went above 48 mph. I did try not to rev too high going through the gears, but 48mph? Really??June 21, 2008 at 6:55 am #7593AaronMerlotParticipant
I did exactly what the manual said. But who knows if it was the right thing to do. I just hope the engineers wrote the thing and not the lawyers.June 21, 2008 at 9:31 am #7598JirikiParticipant
brand new 08 250R, i am 100 miles away from finishing the break in period…
recommendation was 500 miles < 4K then another 500 miles < 6K... I added 1K to each of these limits and did all of my first 500 miles riding in streets that were 35 mph or less. I also made sure there were a ton of stop signs and such so that I was walking through the revs instead of just pinging at the max for that break in part... i will probably upgrade in a year or two to a bigger bike, so my 250R will last at least as long as I need it
btw, this took a LOT of time and effort… and it also means that your first experiences riding will be out in traffic with soccer moms… but you will also get good a shifting and avoiding thingsJune 23, 2008 at 7:11 am #7673uncle_bernieParticipant
When I bought my Suzuki S40 it only had 61 miles on it and I followed the guidelines to the letter. The S50 I just got a few weeks back had 2000 miles on it already so, well, I just opened it up and away we went
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