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post #1 of 30 Old 06-26-2019, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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2019 Vstrom 650 break in

New bike break in. Followed manual up to 7000 rpms to 1000 miles. After 1000 miles (after reading resources to hit red line for break in), I stayed in 3rd to get to 8500 rps for about a 45 second length of time a couple times. Seems like a struggle on the engine. My question is...is it ok to crank up the rpms in lower gears to finish the break in? Did I do damage? No way I can hit even 7000 RPMs in 6th gear. Too fast. Thanks!
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post #2 of 30 Old 06-26-2019, 07:40 PM
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Just keep varying the engine speed and avoid lugging it ie overloading it at low engine revs.
Modern engines are mostly broken in at the factory, you're just finishing the process, and modern engines don't need remotely like the care during break-in that 80's motors did ( <cough cough> KLR650 <cough> )
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This get brought up a lot. The answers is just ride it how you going to ride it. 90% of the break-in was done when the motor was bench tested at the factory. Most to the remaining 10% was done within the 1st few miles of it being ridden.

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Most of the new engine break in is in the transmission gears. You will notice as the engine
gets all the parts in tune with each other the gear shifting will be much smoother.
I don't know if you have had it happen yet but short shifting and lower engine rpm may induce
a false neutral. So as stated above keep the revs above 4000 when shifting.

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Don't worry about any more break-in and ride her!

No worries on revving a 650... she loves it.
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Just watched a new BMW RR get it's first service.

400 miles with oil and filter change. They need BMW software to unlock the rev ceiling which only the dealer has! Not sure how much that cost.
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My favorite saying is ride it like you stole it. But do change the oil regularly.
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After 1000 miles break in is done. These are rev happy engines, go for it. 70 HP doesn't sound like a lot by today's standards, but at wide open throttle above 7000rpm it feels pretty good.

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Break in is for the rider on a new to them bike......the engine and bike doesn't need a break in period. Ride it like you normally would, do an early oil change if it makes you feel better. How many of you break in a new car?
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Just watched a new BMW RR get it's first service.

400 miles with oil and filter change. They need BMW software to unlock the rev ceiling which only the dealer has! Not sure how much that cost.
It costs $3,000,000 and you have to agree to sell you soul to Satan in a blood ritual held in the basement at the secret sacrificial alter ever BMW dealership has. You've never seen it because they have to use a separate special dealer computer to unlock the door. The buyer is also responsible for the rental of the alter and snacks afterwards.
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