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post #1 of 52 Old 08-28-2013, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Proper Break In on New 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS

I picked up my brand new 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS from the dealership yesterday and drove it 88 miles. I mostly kept the engine well under 7500 rpm, but once or twice I approached the red line during a strong acceleration. I was curious to see its performance under a variety of different conditions. It was only at night before bed that I opened the owner's manual, scrolled to the break in section, and read that a maximum of 5000 rpm was recommended for the first 500 miles. I'm feeling very nervous that I may have potentially caused damage to my brand new motor . On the 45 mile drive from my apartment to work today, I was EXTREMELY careful to keep the motor at or below 5000 rpm, and I will continue to do so until I reach the 500 mile marker, as instructed in the manual. However, I can't undo what I did yesterday. Do any of you think I should be worried based on the few times I pushed past the limit?

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Don't worry about it. The engine was wrung out at the factory on a dynamometer before shipping. I'm convinced the manual procedure is about keeping a new rider safe rather than the engine.

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Not to worry - you properly seated the rings, and now all will be well. These engines are pretty bulletproof. Just ride reasonably to the 500 mile mark, get the service done, and enjoy!
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The biggest thing to help with breaking in an engine is varying the rpms. I wouldn't wring it's neck the first 500 miles bouncing it off the rev limiter, but it sure doesn't hurt to let her breathe a little either. :mrgreen:
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Don't worry about it. The engine was wrung out at the factory on a dynamometer before shipping. I'm convinced the manual procedure is about keeping a new rider safe rather than the engine.
You know--I was thinking just that. Today, on the drive to work, I had a pretty straight and level state highway to drive on. I started from a stationary position and proceeded to accelerate through all of the gears, shifting at exactly 5000 rpm, then holding 5000 rpm steady in 6th gear. It seemed a little coincidental that in sixth gear, at 5000 rpm, I was going exactly 70 mph (the max speed limit on the interstate here, which is basically the top speed limit you'll see anywhere). I feel much better already--even as a new member, I can tell from you're posts that you are very knowledgeable about these bikes.

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The biggest thing to help with breaking in an engine is varying the rpms. I wouldn't wring it's neck the first 500 miles bouncing it off the rev limiter, but it sure doesn't hurt to let her breathe a little either. :mrgreen:
Sounds like sound advice. I know I shouldn't have done it--I just couldn't resist for a moment
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... I was going exactly 70 mph (the max speed limit on the interstate here, which is basically the top speed limit you'll see anywhere).
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I was plesantly surprised to see 80 mph limits in Utah in 2011.

I hear that some places in the rest of the world have higher limits.

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I don't advocate ignoring the owner's manual (far from it), but believe me, if engines were that delicate that they could be damaged by a momentary RPM increase beyond the recommended break in, the sides of the road would be littered with the corpses of exploded engines....

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85 mph on the Toll Road starting near San Antonio, Texas. 80 mph in rural areas of I-10.

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Back on topic: Your engine is just fine. If break-in procedure meant much, we would see owners with oil burning or other engine issues.

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