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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 05-04-2017, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Engine Break-In

Hey so I'm new to this hobby and I'm wondering what you all would say about new engine break ins. Anything special besides an oil change?
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limit and vary your rpms - keep the rpms low but don't !!! lug the engine - 2000 to 3000 rpms for the first 20 minutes

limit your top end - first 1000 miles don't use more than 3/4 throttle

the good news is... you can do 1000 miles in 2 weeks if you're committed to it

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limit and vary your rpms - keep the rpms low but don't !!! lug the engine - 2000 to 3000 rpms for the first 20 minutes

limit your top end - first 1000 miles don't use more than 3/4 throttle

the good news is... you can do 1000 miles in 2 weeks if you're committed to it
FYI no Tach on the bike so good luck trying to monitor rpms.

Don't lug/ Don't push it to hard. Just vary for the first 600miles.
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As my dealer told me: just ride it "normally"
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I have found that you just need to use it but don't abuse it and it works great. Very similar to what others have said.
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I think alot of people always remember the "go easy" part of breaking in, but alot of people forget the "but don't baby it" part. Still give it some good throttle, just don't go all out. I normally accelerate with half throttle and shift later (bringing rpm up) as much as I can when breaking in.
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the "go easy" part is the hardest part
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I've always believed in the "hard break in" process which is what I've done to all my bikes so far. The most important thing is to get the engine to a good working temp before doing any "good" runs on the bike. Also, make sure to cool it down after hard runs. As far as the rebel is specifically concerned, I've noticed that the transmission has since become smoother after about 200+ miles of this process while my cousin has said that even after 200+ miles on his, his tranny still feels a little notchy. might just be random. anyway, however you do it, make sure you enjoy it. Cheers!

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I like the sounds of the hard break-in process a lot more

But I think I'll just stick with the regular varying rpms and keep it below a "full out" kind of runs.
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Well now I'm looking forward to the "transmission becoming smoother", as this is real clickety-clunky as it is now.
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