Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Saskatoon, Canada
Chris, I'm a guy who is into motorcycle restoration and most of that stuff you read about constantly varying speeds and such applies to older technology like my 72 Bonneville. You'll never break in the rings on an old Triumph if you don't ride it correctly during break-in. It certainly doesn't hurt even on these newer bikes, but they are much more forgiving and break in much easier without too much special care. The main thing with break in on a modern bike is to avoid letting the engine get too hot especially in the first 50-100 miles, avoid high revs according to the manufacturer's suggestions, and change oil after about 500 miles or so (I actually do this after 50 and again at 500 on the old classics). So don't get too carried away with cracking it above 5000 rpm right away. It's not going to hurt to do it for short bursts if you want to experience what the bike can do, but don't get in a habit of doing it until after the break-in period is over and don't do it when it's blistering hot outside. Pick a cool day for that kind of fun. It's probably a good idea to try to avoid constant speeds on the highway if you can during the first few hundred miles. The trick is just to close or open the throttle for a second every few minutes. If you are in a lot of traffic you probably do that anyway. But this isn't really a necessity on modern bikes. I do it, but just to be extra cautious. Also, stay away from synthetic oils until the bike is broken in, then use them if you wish, but many don't ever use them. It's a personal preference.