Just ride it like you normally would and follow the oil change procedures.
+1 on this.Just ride it like you normally would and follow the oil change procedures.
Seriously though, who is more likely to offer the more credible advise on engine break-in; the outfit that designed, manufactures, warrants and whose reputation depends on the engine performance and durability or some guy on the internet?
More specifically, engine break-in is not all about ring to cylinder wall sealing, all of the other contact points within the engine are a consideration as well. While contemporary manufacturing methods do yield improved tolerances between parts compared to the methods of yore, there is still a wearing in process at numerous contact points within the engine; e.g. cam lobes to followers, bearings to journals, etc. Until they do wear in there is increased localized heating at these concentrated points of contact. To avoid damage from this localized heating, engine speeds and loads are best kept at moderate levels.
One thing I did not see in the referenced article, but have in other articles recommending the 'ride it hard' break-in method, is that racing engines do not receive a moderate speeding/loading break-in and maximum performance is demanded from racing engines. Engines used for racing typically don't have the time or mileage available to reasonably allow a moderate speed/load break-in. Secondly, longevity is not a priority in racing applications. Even endurance racing applications have a goal of only several thousand miles or so before rebuilds. For street applications we're looking for much, much more.
Same exact thing happens with motorcycles at the factory, same exact thing. :fineprint:A comment. Decades ago the Vett's were built in a plant in St. Louis. I toured the plant. 10 per hour came off the line. Last stop. Wheels on the rollers. Start it up, with no warm up, and run max RPM's in every gear!:yikes:
Then the new owner took it an followed the procedures in the manual w/o knowing what happened in the factory. :mrgreen: