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post #1 of 26 Old 04-30-2018, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all! Just picked up an 18 zx10r with literally 3 miles! The hardest thing I'm going to have to do is keep it below 5k for 600 miles.. Have you guys followed this general rule from the manufacturer on break in period? I look forward to learning from you guys and this will be my new track weapon! Very excited will post some pics tonight!

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My gen4 went from 3 miles straight to the race track (and to the red line) and the bike has been nothing but reliable so don't overthink it. Make sure you get that tranny recall done though.
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Welcome to the party!

Break-in topics have been discussed and debated for decades! I have a specific procedure that I follow when the engine is new. Without going into all of that jazz, the biggest thing to remember for break-in is to NOT keep a steady RPM. Accelerate and engine brake, even on the highway. Slow and steady pulls followed by slow and steady deceleration is better than holding the throttle at any one RPM value.

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Break-in topics have been discussed and debated for decades! I have a specific procedure that I follow when the engine is new. Without going into all of that jazz, the biggest thing to remember for break-in is to NOT keep a steady RPM. Accelerate and engine brake, even on the highway. Slow and steady pulls followed by slow and steady deceleration is better than holding the throttle at any one RPM value.
That's what I have been doing so far but it's hard to do in traffic! I will get it out on the twisties this weekend and start the process. The dealer said not to go over 5k do you agree?

This is my first "new" bike so I have never dealt with a break in before. Thanks for the help!
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Here is the first pic. Integrated light and tail tidy are on order. Will flash and put a proper exhaust on once broke in. Looking forward to getting to know this beauty!
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Break-in topics have been discussed and debated for decades! I have a specific procedure that I follow when the engine is new. Without going into all of that jazz, the biggest thing to remember for break-in is to NOT keep a steady RPM. Accelerate and engine brake, even on the highway. Slow and steady pulls followed by slow and steady deceleration is better than holding the throttle at any one RPM value.
^^This^^

From my experience this is exactly what should be done. All of my bikes were done like this and I never had any issues with them. Also, if Dork is giving engine advice you can bet your a$$ no truer words have been spoken.

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That's what I have been doing so far but it's hard to do in traffic! I will get it out on the twisties this weekend and start the process. The dealer said not to go over 5k do you agree?

This is my first "new" bike so I have never dealt with a break in before. Thanks for the help!
Pretty bike! Not enough green on it, but it looks neato anyway.

No, the the 5k RPM is more for riders to get used to the bike IMO. Twisties are not the best place to do the break in. A really long straight would be the best. Make sure the engine is thoroughly warmed up. It takes at least 15 miles of easy riding at low RPMs to get the motor fully up to temp. Then you should do staged power pulls with it. My process starts at low RPM 4-5k in the upper gears. Long pull from there at full throttle up to 7k. Close the throttle and go back to 4-5k. Repeat that 4 more times. Then Do the same up at about 9k a few more times. Then again up to 12k after that. The higher gears let you keep the power applied for longer periods of time. Same with the decel. Stay off the brakes unless you need them. Engine braking is best.

Don't lug the motor! Sixth gear at 4-5k is freeway speeds and you'll be in triple digits in no time with these! Pick a place to do this or drop it down to 4th or 5th gear instead. Pick one, do repeated pulls and incrementally increase the RPMs. Beyond that, ride it more like normal but keep the throttle moving all the time until you hit the 1000 mile mark. The first oil change should be done within a 100 miles on the odometer. At least mine is.

PS - Without knowing your ability, you can get into trouble quick on this if you're not familiar with the bike and the area. Use good judgement!
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^^This^^

From my experience this is exactly what should be done. All of my bikes were done like this and I never had any issues with them. Also, if Dork is giving engine advice you can bet your a$$ no truer words have been spoken.

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Thank you all so far for the great advice! This has been a very warm welcome! After reading your replies and researching the break in you all are spot on. I just put 40 miles on her and never went past 7k and would give it on/off throttle the whole time. What a pain haha but certainly worth it! I was thinking the twisties because I know the road well and its lot of hard acceleration then brake and back and forth but I will put at least a 100 miles on her in the straights.

Yes an oil change will be done before 100 miles! The quickshifter seems fairly smooth and I imagine once I start shifting normally at higher rpms it will be butter! Brakes seem super powerful but a bit of a spongey feel thus far. I have heard decent things about the stock battleaxe tires but what do you guys think? I always ran the Q3's and my last set was a pair of Metzeler M7RR. Great tire for the road!

Looking forward to hear from you guys and I am happy to join team green again (even tho I have a minimum amount of green).
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I got as close as I could to this on the street for a short while, then dynoed similarly:

Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power

Now waiting for it to blow;)
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