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Old 01-14-2006, 08:06 PM   #1
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Cool Ok I got tell somebody...and ask you guys too...

I took my bike on the "road" today...I was use to ride around my neiborouhood and just looking at the big road on the other side of the "STOP" sign...but this afternoon it was so beautiful that i thought F***K it i will go and try it....AND I DID !!!
WOOHOO ! What a rush !!! :icon_bigg :icon_bigg (couldnt stop smilling) loved it ! Cant wait to do it again tomorrow...

Now i have a question...since it is a brand new bike i wanted to know if i have to keep it below to 4000 RPM for the first 500 miles..(that is what the manual say)...cause if i wanna go on the freeway i will have to go over that...
can anyone tell me what i should do...
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:15 PM   #2
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Old 01-14-2006, 08:17 PM   #3
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theres a lot of argument about the breaking in of a bike... so u can do what you want obviously, but if i were you... i would follow the manual

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Old 01-14-2006, 08:21 PM   #4
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thanks...i still have a grind on my face....

i have 20 miles on it right now
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but by the way what did u guys do...
cause i cant go over 35 mph otherwise
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i have 20 miles on it right now


I'd take it easy on it right now. Obviously, the manufacturer has the most to lose, so surely they are conservative/cautious on the break-in procedure. Although I'm sure going 500-800 RPMs over will not hurt, you definately can't go wrong following their recommendations.

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Old 01-14-2006, 08:35 PM   #7
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i didnt buy new, but if i did, i would do the ride it like you stole it method.
just do the first oil change early like at 200-500 mile if u go this way.then every 2-3k like normal after.

a few people i know went this route. plus the bike will last longer than most peoples riding career anyways.
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i had the same deal. i just did not get on the highway at all till i had the bike broken in. i plan on having my bike a while, so i wanted to take good care of it from the beganning. as long as you follow the manual, you will be ok.

i definetly would NOT recommend going over the recommended rpm's but maybe once or twice. its complecated, and i don' feel like typing a lot, so just play it safe and trust your owners manual.
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Listen the reason you shouldn't go over 4-6 k's is because of the oil in the engine. At 500 miles you MUST take the bike back to the dealership to have it flushed and replaced with synthetic oil. The in there just now is REALLY thin in order to break the engine in so it's not good to over rev at this point. I bought new and this is what I did. My bro also just bought new and it's the exact same. You'll your engine if you don't take it easy. Then again it is yours to do with what you want and it's probably under warranty!!!

Remember it's also a safety thing - it's never clever to push a bike you are unfamiliar with. 500 miles under the belt and you'll be a little better!
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break in a bike the way you are going to ride it. IMO, just dont red line it often and dont ride/hold at constant RPM's. you dont have to take the bike back to dealer cuz all they are going to do is tighten up some bolts and change your oil.

i strongly recommend you visit a 250 or 500 ninja message board and read some of their sticky's or just do a search.

and the real reason they tell you to change the oil at 500-600 miles is not becasue its thin or "special oil" gor break in period BUT becasue you will alot of metal shavings that grind off in a new engine and replacing the oil flushes it out.
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break in a bike the way you are going to ride it. IMO, just dont red line it often and dont ride/hold at constant RPM's. you dont have to take the bike back to dealer cuz all they are going to do is tighten up some bolts and change your oil.

i strongly recommend you visit a 250 or 500 ninja message board and read some of their sticky's or just do a search.

and the real reason they tell you to change the oil at 500-600 miles is not becasue its thin or "special oil" gor break in period BUT becasue you will alot of metal shavings that grind off in a new engine and replacing the oil flushes it out.
+1 and you dont want to run synthetic after the 500mile oil change, at least i wouldnt. still to early to run synthetic. the piston rings dont seal as good with synthetic.

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wow,that is a lot of information that i had very little clue about....thanks for the infos and recommendations guys...
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I would do what the manual says, a liitle bit more rpm shouldnt hurt it but i wouldnt push it to hard!
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Old 01-15-2006, 12:52 PM   #15
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but by the way what did u guys do...
cause i cant go over 35 mph otherwise
4K rpm in 5th gear should goet you well over 35 mph.
I'm confused.
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if you just went out of your neighborhood today then i wouldn't plan on going on the highway for a while. when i started off i had never rode before so i stayed in my hood for a while, then smaller streets, then main streets like westheimer, and then the highway. i waited a few weeks to get on the highway though. i didnt want to rush things but thats just me
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4K rpm in 5th gear should goet you well over 35 mph.
I'm confused.
Top gear on a Ninja 250 @ 4000 rpm is right at 35mph. What's confusing?

I've got one in the garage I'm breaking in now (and yes, it's a pain in the to keep it under 4000).

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Top gear on a Ninja 250 @ 4000 rpm is right at 35mph. What's confusing?

I've got one in the garage I'm breaking in now (and yes, it's a pain in the to keep it under 4000).

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that is true 5th top is 35mph.... :BangHead:
Challen we should ride together....
how many miles yours have so far ?
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if you just went out of your neighborhood today then i wouldn't plan on going on the highway for a while. when i started off i had never rode before so i stayed in my hood for a while, then smaller streets, then main streets like westheimer, and then the highway. i waited a few weeks to get on the highway though. i didnt want to rush things but thats just me


i hear you i ll do that too... when i say the "Road" i meant Fry Rd...(south)
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+1 and you dont want to run synthetic after the 500mile oil change, at least i wouldnt. still to early to run synthetic. the piston rings dont seal as good with synthetic.

this is absolutely right. DO NOT run synthetic in your bike until you atleast have 2 oil changes. it will cause you more problems down the road than it is worth. as far as the break in i would say that 4000 rpm is playing it a little safe, but i wouldnt take her to red line either. 6000 rpm or less should be just fine, plus this will probably put you about 50 mph instead of 35 and you can get out onto some better roads.

one important thing to remember when breaking in your bike is to NOT run the bike at a constant rpm all the time. you need to vary engine speed, this will help with heat cycles, which will help with the break in process.

good luck and congrats on your new venture. take care

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