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Just ought a K5 DL1000 and bumped it up some corduroyed dirt roads 2-up. I was paying attention to the road and not the tach so when i finally had a chance to check the gauges i was between 5500 and 6000rpms, probably for a couple minutes, this in the first 100 miles. I was at 10,000 feet and the air was about 40 degrees. Also, my dealer insisted that oil change earlier than 600 miles wasn't necessary. I am a new morotcycle rider and am looking to set my black and blue Sapphire straight for her long hard miles ahead - riding north beginning 01/06 to visit a friend in Juneau. I've read older posts, but always looking for more wisdom. Any thoughts?

PS any favorites of heated gear? I'm a mountain guide so have down clothing out the WAZOO. Figured a minus 40 suit would get 'er done but zero degrees at 80mph is friggin cold. At least climbing mountains i have a heart rate.....
 
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Worst thing you can do is BABY IT!!! Just ride the bike normally, and don't worry about anything.... As far as the 1st oil change goes, that is up to you. I did my fiirst change with filter at 100 miles. Second at 1000, and then switched to Mobil 1 15W50 synthetic. My bike has 5000 miles without using any oil between changes. Modern bikes don't need a break in period... that is old school. You will always have people that will disagree!! Look at it this way, do you break in a new car engine??? :wink:
 

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The only thing you will find agreement on is that is a bad thing to lug the engine. That said, I try to follow the manufacturer's recommendations. They are the ones who provide the warranty.
 

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If one was to read their owners manual for a new car they may well find that there is a break in period, it is STILL more common than not. On my 2004 Dodge Dakota the break in recommendation is "to drive moderately for the first 300 miles but after that speeds up to 50-55 mph are desirable... etc." Not much different than a bike.

But on motorcycles like said there will be a difference of opinions and for my money I will go along with the engineers recommendations who designed and built the vehicle within the manufacturers manual who supports the warranty of the vehicle in question instead of some random opinion voiced over the internet. But is only your money spent on the bike, not mine.
 

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Thanks for the info. Done with that awful break-in and its time to open the Strom up to the mountain air. Finally some RPMs.
 
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