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post #1 of 5 Old 10-24-2008, 04:29 AM Thread Starter
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Great site. I have bought a new wee, which will be delivered next week. I've never bought new before. Do you have to run them in at low speed / low revs for a while?

I am changing from an FJR as and have done this without trying the wee first but I am convinced from what I have read that I am going to love it.

Stacks of great info on this site.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-24-2008, 04:55 AM
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Don't run at sustained high RPM's at least until the first oil change.
Don't run at constant rpm's, if you are in a flat area change gear more than you need to.
If you live somewhere with hills, head for them and just ride.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-24-2008, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. Just everything about this bike sounds like fun! even the running in.
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-24-2008, 06:52 AM
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Ride it like you stole it is a good method of running in.
Bikes and cars that are babied when new tend to develop oil burning problems later in life more frequently than the ones that are slightly abused. It's hard to get your head around going out and giving your new toy a handful of revs but when you eventually do you will realise that it works.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-24-2008, 11:47 AM
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This is definitely a topic of much controversy. But, like the posters above, I'm in the "ride it like you stole it" camp of engine break-in procedures. I wouldn't red-line it before the first oil change, but definitely vary the RPMs throughout the first couple of hundred of miles. That means acceleration AND engine breaking, both are good for the engine. Avoid steady speeds and steady RPM if you can, so yeah, go find some hills and make the engine work for it.

Also, I would recommend dumping the factory oil at around 50 miles, along with the factory oil filter. Change the oil and the filter and ride more until you reach 600 miles. Change the oil and the filter again, and follow the recommended service intervals after that.

Now for the very subjective part. I switched to Amsoil synthetic during the 50 mile oil change. I also change my oil filter every time I change the oil. Oil and filters are cheap, engines are not.

Enjoy your new bike, the less you worry about it, the more fun it will be

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