Break in worries
Hey all! First post here as i'm a brand new proud owner of a 2016 FZ09. I've had two bikes before, a 1200 Sportster and 1500 Softail. I decided on the third one to take the plunge in the "sport" world so here I am.
When I purchased the motorcycle and asked the salesman about breaking in the engine. His response was basically not to worry about it and ride it however I wanted but I was still hesitant. Lately though I've read a lot about the "hard" break in and am wondering if I missed out.
I have several hundred miles on the bike now. I've varying my speed constantly, always up and down 5mph here and 10-15mph there, all around whatever speed limit I work up to, while I work my way through the gears, but I still feel like I stay in the same RPM range no matter where I go, 2-8K. I've also had several instances of 100+mph on the highway, that's where I would get the bursts up to 8K or so RPM, but I've never really raised the RPMs to high, below 10 I think.
Recently now that I feel i'm adjusted to the power I've been riding in the standard mode and pushing the engine more, allowing myself to get much higher into the RPMs, 7,8,9K on the way up to 60 or 70mph, in the lower gears. My plan was to put a couple hundred on it "easy" while making my way through the gears and learning the power of the bike and the new riding style. Now I feel i'm adjusted enough to really start to get on it but I'm worried I've missed the boat on the "hard" break in.
Anyone have any input? I've seen the video from "Jake the Snake" and the motoman method and am just kind of worried. I had plan on changing the oil at 500 (dealer recommended) but should I change it now and then ride the engine hard till 500 and be done with the "break in?"
I also realize at this point there isn't much I can do anyway, just searching for some small amount of peace of mind if there is any to be had. I was really excited about this purchase...i'd hate to think I started wrong right out of the gate. LoL.
Thanks for your time.
Last edited by LanzoCommando; 04-21-2016 at 03:49 PM.