Still more Q's about Break-in - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Strom Service and Maintenance Questions and Discussions Share your service and maintenance information-questions. Please include your year and model in the text of your post.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 5 Old 10-23-2005, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 5
Still more Q's about Break-in

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.....
Wiggam810 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 10-23-2005, 10:30 AM
BBurton "BigB"
Posts: n/a
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:
post #3 of 5 Old 10-23-2005, 10:38 AM
TomStromie's Avatar
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Waconia, MN
Posts: 360
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.
TomStromie is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 10-23-2005, 01:26 PM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: SW Washington State
Posts: 178
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.

"Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen all the foreign countries I want to except heaven & hell & I have only a vague curiosity about one of those."
BradM is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 10-28-2005, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 5
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.
Wiggam810 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome