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View Poll Results: Break in periods, do it right or no?
Break it in right, it's the life of your bike! 67 59.29%
Screw that Ride it like you stole it, burn the tires off the showroom! 34 30.09%
Whats a break in? 12 10.62%
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:37 AM   #21
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:43 AM   #22
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dude we just hi jacked the out this dudes thread. call me tonight and we will see what the weather holds. mine will only do 70 with a tailwind bro
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:52 AM   #23
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:06 PM   #24
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No highjack. Trying to help him put miles on the new bike.
Which you don't want to do on the highway... keeping the throttle on a constant opening during break in is bad. Even if you don't ride it hard, you still need to vary the throttle quite a bit.
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:14 PM   #25
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:20 PM   #26
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yes the break in period does suck but it could save you later having to spend a bunch of money on the bike because you didn't do what was recommended. If its recommended obviously they would know what they are talking about or they wouldn't tell someone to do it. I bought my ninja new too and the first 500 miles were not going over 6k but i had the first oil change and they told me go ahead and take it up to 8k or 9k even and after another 200 miles go to the wall on it. I have another 6? miles to go and then its on. Be patient. I am a very patient person but it was killing even me because i knew my bike had more to offer. just my thoughts on the subject
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:49 PM   #27
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I'd love to do the ride this weekend, but already got a get togethere running sat and sun. Paintball sat, and rolling to the bike show sun. last weekend before the thanksgiving work schedule from /cheer.. raincheck?
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Old 11-21-2008, 12:50 PM   #28
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break in periods normally lead to reproduction...

I've always broken bikes/new motors in the way I'm going to ride them.
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There's more to a break-in period than just the rings...transmissions and chains/sprockets benefit.

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Old 11-21-2008, 01:34 PM   #30
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Cars, trucks, lawnmowers, tractors, bulldozers, you name it all have engines and transmissions. Have you ever seen a break in schedule for them?

Motorcycle breakin is more about safety from getting familiar with the bike than longevity of the engine or internal components. Figure 5000 rpm for 60 miles, the rings have traveled up and down the bore 300,000 times. If they aren't seated by then it probably isn't going to happen.

We bought our '09 Ninja with 2 miles on it. The dealership is on the Gulf Freeway. We pulled out of the lot and hit the 1st entrance ramp at 60 mph and were doing 70 plus all the way home. That's over 9000 rpm and guess what? It made it all the way home and been running fine ever since.
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How many people even own their bikes long enough to the motor being torn apart? How many people have had to have work done and heard "man, you didnt break it in right".
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How many people even own their bikes long enough to the motor being torn apart? How many people have had to have work done and heard "man, you didnt break it in right".
Im with you bro.....
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:07 PM   #33
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ask alan what kind of break in he just did on his 350hp turbo busa.... it was a brand spankin new rebuilt motor. i think he kept it under 5K rpm for all of about 3 seconds.
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lol.....thats a break in
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:24 PM   #35
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RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!!! IF YOU BREAK IT IN ACCORDING TO THE MANUAL YOU MIGHT SEE AN EXTRA 2 HP AFTER IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE...AND YOU WOULDN'T EVEN NOTICE IT......DO GO OUT AND PEG IT ON THE REV LIMITER SHOWING OFF OR ANYTHING....BUT ENJOY IT!
that was supposed to say DON'T peg it........
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Cars, trucks, lawnmowers, tractors, bulldozers, you name it all have engines and transmissions. Have you ever seen a break in schedule for them?

Motorcycle breakin is more about safety from getting familiar with the bike than longevity of the engine or internal components. Figure 5000 rpm for 60 miles, the rings have traveled up and down the bore 300,000 times. If they aren't seated by then it probably isn't going to happen.

We bought our '09 Ninja with 2 miles on it. The dealership is on the Gulf Freeway. We pulled out of the lot and hit the 1st entrance ramp at 60 mph and were doing 70 plus all the way home. That's over 9000 rpm and guess what? It made it all the way home and been running fine ever since.
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know how GM broke in the big blocks for the old corvette stingrays?

as they came off the line they were put in a room, connected, started, and had a screwdriver stuck in the carburetor for about 10 - 15 minutes...if it didn't fail, it went in a car....

while i would call that excessive, i firmly believe that you can go and ride "normally" (just enjoy the ride) for your break in period......i rode my first wheelie on the 06 at 300 miles........i'm around 15K right now and haven't had any problems with it.......the japanese know that motors running in excess of 12:1 compression are self-abusive, and build for it.............everyone has heard horror stories.....and i've heard stories of people following the break in to the letter and having a major failure shortly thereafter.......so it can work both ways.......
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for the first 20 miles you want to put the engine under load(up and down the gears,as well as the rpms)...after that ride it like you stole it.. bikes are clock work.
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Mine saw 10k rpm before it saw 10 miles.
run it up and eng brake it down.
Change the oil very early, like 20 miles / 600 / 1500.
makes for a happy motor.

Break in recommendations haven't changed in 30 years, engines have.
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How many people even own their bikes long enough to the motor being torn apart? How many people have had to have work done and heard "man, you didnt break it in right".
I've had oh 7 or 8 bikes that have had the motor torn down some of em 2 strokers and some 4's and I've always broken in an engine like that web page says to, never had a failure due to improper breakin, all mine have been due to just running the out of the motor my 2 strokers of course have a top end rebuild cycle as we all know but never had one that looked bad other than regular wear and tear, but then I don't frequent shops where the brand new shiny mechanic who got out of school all of last week thinks he knows everything
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