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Old 06-17-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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I Ride: 2012 Ninja250R
"Breaking In" a new bike???
I dont want to hurt my new Kawasaki 250r, how aggressive is to aggressive? at what milage is considered to be broken in? RPM'S?

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Old 06-17-2012, 12:39 PM   #2
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http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

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Old 06-17-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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My prefered method is to low side it both sides. Also allows you to test out your gear, or the coefficient of friction for your skin if you're not wearing gear.

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Old 06-17-2012, 12:59 PM   #4
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I Ride: one with 117.8whp/liter
Let me have it for a an hour or two..

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Old 06-17-2012, 01:09 PM   #5
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Drop it off at my house for a week. I'll take care of it for you. Don't worry your pretty little head about a thing. Just come back next week and it will be all ready for you to ride.

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Old 06-17-2012, 01:20 PM   #6
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Run it up into all the rpm's, don't hold it at any one rpm for very long, change gears every 15 seconds. 600 miles is typically how long it will take a street bike. Or take it to Nels and have him do a Dyno break in for you, I had him do it on my CBR, and it worked great. Basically you want to ride it how you're gonna ride it for it's lifetime.

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Old 06-17-2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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I Ride: '05 Busa, '81 Seca 550, '78 Hawk, '69 Z50A
There are two schools of thought on this;

1.) Per the owners manual... which probably says something like "no more than 5,000 rpm for the first 200 miles, then no more than 8,000 rpm for the following 600 miles"... or something like that. (Owners manual will tell ya)
2.) Break it in like you're gonna ride it.

#2 seems to be a very popular procedure, and while I'm sure you'll find plenty of folks that say they've had great luck with it... some have not.
Take me for instance; I bought an 81 Seca 550 new and ran it like I was gonna ride it... I varied the rpm's plenty... but I didn't adhere to any rpm limits..

I spun a main bearing at 950 miles.

Since then, I've done kind of a hybrid between the two.. I did my best to keep the Busa under 5K for the first 200 miles... I think I made it to about 130 miles.. then all bets were off.

Personally, I'd say the manufacturer knows a fair amount about how the motor should be broken in.. I'd sway toward the "book" method.

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Old 06-17-2012, 03:16 PM   #8
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Do what the book says....cya in case something goes funky...

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Old 06-17-2012, 04:32 PM   #9
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Kawasaki simply recommends observing a 4,000 RPM limit for the first 500 miles. This is how I broke my new ninja 250r in. Tried to keep the rpms low, but still took the bike up to 50-55 mph a lot. Just don't let the engine stay at one constant rmp for too long, speed up or slow down/change gears.

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Old 06-17-2012, 05:00 PM   #10
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“ Quote:
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I dont want to hurt my new Kawasaki 250r, how aggressive is to aggressive? at what milage is considered to be broken in? RPM'S?
Follow the OWNER's Manual. Written by the company that built your machine.
Listening to anything else, is begging for trouble.
The Owners Manual is your bikes Bible. Use it.

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Old 06-17-2012, 05:48 PM   #11
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^^^ TRUTH! Seen many bikes and cars broken in with this method with tremendously good results!

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Old 06-17-2012, 06:01 PM   #12
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Beat it like it owes you money. This also applies to your junk.

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Old 06-17-2012, 06:04 PM   #13
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I Ride: the Kessle run in 11 parsecs...
“ Quote:
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I dont want to hurt my new Kawasaki 250r, how aggressive is to aggressive? at what milage is considered to be broken in? RPM'S?
Ride it like you stole it, and wring its freakin neck... a 250R doesn't have enough torque to hurt it... The main thing is to seat the rings, which means pressure from WOT, and engine braking...

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Old 06-17-2012, 06:50 PM   #14
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I Ride: 08 675, 72 XL250, 93 PW80, 80 GS250
Good quality lube, climb on her back and easy into it slowly at first, make sure she is warmed up before you attempt to pick up the tempo. A varying action is best used here. Avoid "bogging" at all costs. Also keep a close eye for gas discharge that is not perfectly clear.

Some models you can go hell for leather right from the start but others models with tighter clearances need a little more initial care. You don't won't to blow a ring before you really get going on her.

If your friends are starting a similar venture with theirs, don't be temped to make a competition of it. Some girls need a extra time and care. Don't forget this is a big moment for both of you so cherish it together and not in company. You will reap the rewards for this later.

Interpret the manual so you don't find yourself in a situation you are not prepared for..........



















...........and absoluting no wolf bagging in the first month!

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Old 06-17-2012, 07:13 PM   #15
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This is my preferred way.

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Old 06-17-2012, 07:33 PM   #16
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I get the same answer from many people about not leaving the engine at a steady RPM for tool long during break-in. I have yet to find a definition for 'too long'. Are we talking 2 minutes, 20 minutes or 2 hours??? (as long as it has a 2 in it... )

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Old 06-17-2012, 08:03 PM   #17
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...........and absoluting no wolf bagging in the first month!
What you did there, i see it...

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Old 06-17-2012, 08:04 PM   #18
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“ Quote:
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Beat it like it owes you money. This also applies to your junk.


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What you did there, i see it...
Wish somebody would explain that shit to me...

so I'd know if I should be ashamed or not.

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Old 06-17-2012, 08:14 PM   #19
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^^^ TRUTH! Seen many bikes and cars broken in with this method with tremendously good results!
“ Quote:
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Ride it like you stole it, and wring its freakin neck... a 250R doesn't have enough torque to hurt it... The main thing is to seat the rings, which means pressure from WOT, and engine braking...
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This is my preferred way.
This. Done many an engine this way and it works GREAT! Just don't redline the thing, but don't baby it either. Change the oil after the first 200 miles, then 500 miles, then 1500 miles, then the recommended interval. Keeps all the nasties out of the engine.

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Old 06-18-2012, 05:34 AM   #20
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This is my preferred way.
So you follow this guy's advice and break your new bike.
Now what? You think he's gonna help you?
He's out NOTHING. You on the other hand get to try to get the factory
to cover your stupid mistake. Or PAY for the repairs yourself $$$
This Motoman offers BAD advice.

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