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post #1 of 39 Old 05-24-2014, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Breaking in the 2014

Unless you follow the break-in procedure in the owner's handbook, which according to my research may be the worst way to break in a new bike; how do/did you break in your new DL1000? Thanks
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I can't see why Suzuki would recommend a break-in procedure that wasn't any good for the engine.

I'm sticking to it..... apart from the those times when I can't resist giving that motor an extra squirt just to feel that all that torque - something my old Wee just didn't have.

I'm lucky to live right on the edge of the city so there are plenty of good roads around and very little traffic or slow running to contend with.

Have logged 400kms now, and the motor just keeps getting smoother and more flexible. The brakes have also bedded in nicely and have heaps of power. 21km/l on the first tankful too!

I'm very happy with this bike.
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My theory is the break in period is to break in the rider. The bike doesn't need it. It went through the gamut of rpms on a dyno before it left the factory.

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Unless you follow the break-in procedure in the owner's handbook, which according to my research may be the worst way to break in a new bike; how do/did you break in your new DL1000? Thanks
I broke mine in exactly as the owners manual suggests, runs like a top approaching 2000 miles...I will follow the instructions from the company that designed and manufactured the motorcycle.
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I will come and break your bike in for you Beretta. But I will do the proper 5000mile break in procedure.
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I broke mine in exactly as the owners manual suggests, runs like a top approaching 2000 miles...I will follow the instructions from the company that designed and manufactured the motorcycle.
You actually followed the directions and instructions outlined by a lawyer. The only break in period is in your mind, yet many others will continue to follow the same scam.



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As succinctly put in Wiki:

The goal of modern engine break-ins is the settling of piston rings into an engine's cylinder wall. A cylinder wall is not perfectly smooth but has a deliberate slight roughness to help oil adhesion. As the engine is powered up, the piston rings between the pistons and cylinder wall will begin to seal against the wall's small ridges.

Operating the bike on a light throttle actually prevents the effective sealing of the new rings and barrel.

The manufacturer's line is unchanged from the days of cast iron liners and rings, and the lower grade plain bearings used in the past.

What they should really be saying, but won't, is: 'operate your bike gently and at low speeds so that you familiarize yourself with the bike, don't become another road accident statistic, or a potential litigant against us'.
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I ran the piss out of mine from first start, runs like a champ. Id swear I was running a big bore bike the way it performs.

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I ran mine at varying rpm for about 40 miles on the highway on my way home from the dealer before I cranked it up to triple digit speeds about 3 times in my 2 hour ride home. I did keep the rpm's below 7500 for the first 350 miles but then it was on. It has 1600 on it now and she runs great. I did change the oil and filter the first time at 400 miles.

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