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post #1 of 25 Old 04-06-2006, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Proper break in...

What are your thoughts on the different approaches to break in. Iíve always followed the traditional route and broke the bike in gently. Iím hearing more and more that you should ride it like you stole it right out of the box. The other day I ran across an opinion that 80% of break in takes place in the first 20 miles and that you have to load the engine during that time frame or the rings will never seal properly. This guy had stats and pictures and years of working on race bikes and tons of convincing arguments to bolster his point. Not being much of a wrench myself, he had me convinced. He argues that it was necessary to break in gently back in the old days but new modern engines require a hard fast break in, but the dealers are still telling us to do it the old way mainly because thatís how its always been done and they don't know any better.

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I'm in the "don't baby the bike" camp. Back when I wrenched BMW boxer twins, the lastest (20 years ago) advice on a rebuild was to install the rings dry with non detergent oil in the sump. Upon starting, the engine was to be run at half redline for a specified number of seconds then at or near redline for another specified number of seconds. The idea was to seat the rings ASAP.

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I don't subscribe to the baby it during "break in" period whatsoever.
Half-way down this page is exactly what I did w/my Strom: https://stromtrooper.com/forum/viewto...ghlight=report

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Stromette, I think I love you. I am too old to think though.

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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post #5 of 25 Old 04-06-2006, 11:17 PM
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my salesperson said to run it normally around town and stop and go... he said avoid a current highway speed during the break in process..he said go as fast as i want but continue up and down back and forth, just avoid one speed on the highway...
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What is a break in period???? :roll:

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What is a break in period???? :roll:
LOL.

I've also always believed you need to load the engine and get it used to revs. After reading a lot of posts here's how I am breaking in my bike:

Below 500 miles I will not exceed 4500 rpm. However I WILL take the bike up to 4500 under hard exceleration periodically and more towards 4500 rpm the closer I am to 500 miles on the bike. I will stop every 1/2 hour or hour to let the bike cool off.

Below 1000 miles I will not exceed 7500 rpm, and wind the engine up in the same way and more towards the full 7500 rpm the more I get towards 1000 miles on the bike, and in all gears (except 5th and 6th).

Basically you need to "load" the engine especially during break-in if you want a bike that is going to be happy in the future under load and high rpms. The biggest thing to AVOID is running the engine at the same rpm for too long. The reason is, doing this will continue to heat up just a specific area in your engine when what you want is to heat the engine in all the various "areas", not one specific area. If you are on a street/highway where it's hard to vary your speed, just shift to vary the rpm and thus the egnine load.

You also want to down shift a lot to load the engine when slowing down. This puts load on the opposite side of the engine parts. And don't "lug" the engine, meaning using a gear that is too high for the speed your going.

Change your oil after 100 miles then again after 500 or 600 miles. Then I'm going to change my oil again at 1500 miles, and then at 2500 or 3000 miles. Some time after this I'll switch to synthetic.

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ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Mate, mate, mate.....you're thinkin' waaaaaay too hard about this!!!

Just ride the thing, and enjoy it. Running it in the way you described will be of no benefit, and you'll end up with an ulcer from all the stress of worrying about it! Take a deep breath and just cane that puppy from day one, it'll love you for it. Run 'em in hard, and they'll ALWAYS go hard!

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Stromette, I think I love you. I am too old to think though.
ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
I'm glad you got a laugh out of it. Women who are genuinely knowledgable bikers or who are comfortable using a table saw just turn me on. My wife doesn't mind because she knows I'm too slow to catch one and even if I did, I wouldn't remember what to do with her.

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