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Break In or Myth

Moto Dudes, Popular writer John Burns in his recent on-line article (motorcycle.com) seems to insinuate the break in period is a tad redundant and overly conservative. I've been trying to abide mostly to the rpm limits in the manual, but wonder if its really necessary after seeing Burns' article. Back a hundred years ago my FJ1100 was drag raced after only 500 miles, but have none of those plans for Mr. Sazook .
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Moto Dudes, Popular writer John Burns in his recent on-line article (motorcycle.com) seems to insinuate the break in period is a tad redundant and overly conservative. I've been trying to abide mostly to the rpm limits in the manual, but wonder if its really necessary after seeing Burns' article. Back a hundred years ago my FJ1100 was drag raced after only 500 miles, but have none of those plans for Mr. Sazook .
I have to admit I've only got about 100 miles on the clock and I did give it some quick bursts to over 10k rpm and abruptly shut the throttle for plenty of over run... Done the same with my SV1000 with no ill effects.. I rest my case .... http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

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done about 250 now on mine , between working all the time and **** weather cant seem to get out, taking it up to about 6 very very hard not to blast it big time lol, the big test for me is when my lonney mates come out with us no way im going to let them blast of into the sunset lol
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I sort of do a hybrid. I would take it to 6-7k RPM in the first 50 miles but briefly, vary the RPMs, let the rings seat...go through all the gears...let the components wear in. Take it up to 6k RPM, engine brake...go through the gears, repeat. Now with a few hundred miles on the clock, I ride how I normally would.

The break in on my Yamaha just stated 'avoid prolonged RPMs above 5600 in the 1st 600 miles. Avoid prolonged RPMs above 6800 from miles 600-1000 miles'

I'm not sure who writes these manuals, mechanics or lawyers.
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Thanks for input. Tony giving it the stick already .
L-Jack I know--I can ride like a normal person until I go with one guy in particular (got to love the Ducatisti).
DTM I like that line: manuals by mechanics or lawyers.
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Just bought mine in Australia from the Suzuki dealership owned by former super sport world champion/world super bike racer Karl Muggeridge. He set up the test bike I rode in person. Asked him about break in as I figured he'd know. He said to take it smoothly but firmly through each gear, not up to red line, and that should do it. No real need to keep it under certain revs, but not to sit at a constant droning speed. It's more about how the engine is revved rather than how high it seems.
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Just bought mine in Australia from the Suzuki dealership owned by former super sport world champion/world super bike racer Karl Muggeridge. He set up the test bike I rode in person. Asked him about break in as I figured he'd know. He said to take it smoothly but firmly through each gear, not up to red line, and that should do it. No real need to keep it under certain revs, but not to sit at a constant droning speed. It's more about how the engine is revved rather than how high it seems.
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I think the real answer here is to look at owners of motorcycles. Any and all of us. Heck, lets include cars too. Think of all the forums you visit. Do you see a pattern of motorcycles wearing out? Engines needing rebuild?

Even of you visit the vintage forums, many bikes from the 70's and 80's are still running. Many are seeing their first valve adjustment. Until we can see some "Here, look at this....." as opposed to "I think...." None of the articles show much expect to show these engines are very durable, and very forgiving of any sort of break in.

Back in the 80's, the valve adjustments were supposed to happen every 6000 miles.
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