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post #1 of 30 Old 04-10-2015, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Running in, please pass

Just picked up a 2015 650 and am faced with the < 5000rpm for the next few miles.....man it's hard to keep that needle down.
Compared to the 2005 model, this thing is a dream, smoother already, feels thinner and smaller - how can that be?
MPG already well over 6o but I'll soon take care of that!
Damned chicken strips.

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post #2 of 30 Old 04-10-2015, 07:06 PM
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Just ride it reasonably and it won't hurt a damn thing. Don't baby it.

Have fun.

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You must now begin to flog it......you must!!!!!! Don't buy into the break in scare tactics, just ride the damn thing and change your oil and filter a bit earlier.

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I ran mine hard in short "Bursts" for 250~300 miles, tried to keep it under 5k on interstate runs, changed the oil & filter, and have been kinda aggressive with it since. No issues from it so far...
My '07 1k was run in the same way with no ill effects for over 85k miles, and is still a exceptionally strong runner with no oil consumption to the day I traded it in on my '15 650.
I have used this method for the last 30+ years breaking in various bikes with good results with all of them.

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We will now hear from 37 people and how they did it. The thing they will have in common is all their bikes will have no engine problems. There is a clue right there.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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grey, I think it will be closer to 45.

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Unless you absolutely beat the crap out of your motorcycles, there's no harm in just riding the thing normally. I had mine WOT for the second half of second gear on the test ride (sales guy who was chaperoning me seemed kind of annoyed by that :mrgreen: ). Also no ill effects 7500 miles later.

Geywolf has it right. Whatever makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, go for it. If those higher revs are calling your name, feel free to wind it up. If you'd feel better babying it for the first 600 miles (or whatever it is) you can do that, too.

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#4

Unless you absolutely beat the crap out of your motorcycles, there's no harm in just riding the thing normally. I had mine WOT for the second half of second gear on the test ride (sales guy who was chaperoning me seemed kind of annoyed by that :mrgreen: ). Also no ill effects 7500 miles later.

Geywolf has it right. Whatever makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, go for it. If those higher revs are calling your name, feel free to wind it up. If you'd feel better babying it for the first 600 miles (or whatever it is) you can do that, too.

Yup....but those that choose to do that should NEVER complain about doing so.

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It never ceases to amaze me the crap that manufactures put in their owners manuals regarding "break in" possibly the record for the most ludicrous is held, unsurprisingly by our beloved Suzuki which if memory serves me if followed translates to under 30 mph for their Burgman 400 model.

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Got it over the first hurdle today, temps 45ish and showers but still out and about weather.

Found my first F/U. Yesterday, the sun was over my shoulder and I didn't notice the display was in MPH (not KPH) and that's why I thought I was so friggin slow. Fixed. Much mo' better.
Today a few bursts up to 6,000 and the motor is like buttah.

Might even like the seat, but that'll take a few long days to assess.

Windshield is a pos. Tried it middle and up and the wind noise is a hurricane, compared to a Madstad and Givi 260T on the old bike.
Most opinions favor Givi A/F and a few Parabellum, but we'll see.

Going to have to adjust the shift lever, to give my heavier boots enough room to change gears.

Bottom line..........should have done this years ago.

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