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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-12-2007, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Running in a new bike

There's seems to be a massive difference of opinion in just how to run an engine in.

Well, with the new Hypermotard arriving TODAY you want to shed any light on how you lot would recommend running a bike in?

Have heard about 3 methods so far this week including doing a fairly gentle track day (Seems like just an excuse to me but who knows) but the overwhelming feeling is that you don't follow the manual...

So....


1.) Softly softly?
2.) Follow the manual?
3.) Track day?
3.) Ride it like you nicked it?

Any other ideas??


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I'd say follow the manual. All engines are engineered differently, there must be different run-in specs for each.
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more confused

Talking to people who have lived, breathed and raced bikes, the "follow the manual method" doesn't work the engine hard enough early enough....

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A light hearted look....

Ha ha - Just got sent this by a mate of mine......


1. don't crash
2. stop looking at urself in the shop windows when at lights
3. don't rev it to much and don't hold constant rpm for too long let it hunt a little ...
4. back off all suspension settings to allow bedding in through the full stroke
5. go for a long ish ride soon as possible
6. double check tyre pressures ASAP 18yr old spotty mechanics are hopeless at the little things
7. run a good quality mineral oil for the first thousand k's dumping each K until @ 4k travelled and then use best oil possible /compatible
8. stop laughing so much to urself when riding



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haha, sounds much more educated than my "read the manual" approach. Have fun on the new ride

edit: spelling, oops
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Re: Running in a new bike

Lucky bastard...

I'm somewhere between follow the manual and ride it like you nicked it.

I had a mate who swore that you needed to bed everything in like you were always gong to run it. Right or wrong, I don't know, but it almost made sense.




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Im close friends with an experienced mechanic, maby ill grab his opinion tomorow just to see... I mean he hasnt raced bikes, but he IS full of knowlege about anything with an engine. Just see what he has to say, yea?
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Thumbs up Yup....

By all means - that'd be great

May have already gotten most of the way to running it in by then though!!!

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haha, i was thinking that, oh well, im shure youve done your reaserch
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Gotta say, Chum, I thought you'd been around bikes long enough that you'd know everything about bikes, including how to run 'em in. I'm somewhat disillusioned now.




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