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post #1 of 18 Old 10-23-2007, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Break in?

Picking up my 2008 KLR on Oct 27.
Looking for some good advise on breaking it in.
I've had several new bikes, but this will be my first thumper.
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-23-2007, 02:56 PM
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Give this a read and then make the determination yourself, I myself did this and my buddy swears my bike feels a bit strong than his, and I have no oil use issues.....This IS the way I did all my car engines when I rebuilt them, without one problem. I now have 5000 miles on my bike since May.


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http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-28-2007, 03:14 PM
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yep, same way I break in the air cooled Porsche engines I build as well.

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Controversial is definately the right word for his post. However, his whole concept is easily dismissed by common sense, don't even need technical info. No regulation is going to allow vehicle manufacturers to create a product that requires breaking the law in order to break in the engine. They aren't going to allow a company to tell grandma to go out and run her new Mercury hard for it's break in period. They also aren't going to allow these companies to require every owner to put their new car on a dyno to break it in. "Here are your keys and a ticket for the dyno tomorrow".... YEAH RIGHT!

Engines are made so people can simply get in and drive it off the lot and operate it normally from day one.

The guy is probably correct about his max HP stuff, but I doubt it's enough HP to matter in a normal car. I can see high performance and race engines going through this process, but not your standard every day engines.

Yep, common sense wins out against that break-in procedure.
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-30-2007, 12:23 AM
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Well, I can tell you personal experience that you don't need to break the law in order to break an engine in, just run it "above average" the first 20 miles or so, like the article says, your trying to get the rings to seat properly. Sure, cars are drive off the lot ready, but bike engines as a whole, aren't run in the same way car engines are, several from the lot are pulled and run to test for various quality issues and that's about it, the rest are spanking new. The engines I build aren't what you would call hi performance by todays standards. I rebuild classic Porsche engines that have anywhere from 36 to about 250 HP depending on the year and model. I had a run of bad luck with rings not seating properly and sought the advice of another engine builder, he basically told me the same thing, take it out and run it moderately hard for about 20 miles at various speeds. That was 10 years ago, never had a premature engine failure yet, not even on my own bikes, cars and quads that I've rebuilt the engines in.

Now you can break in as per the manufacturers recommendations, or not. You may not have one bit of trouble with oil consumption or other problems, then again you just might. I broke mine in the above mentioned way and my last big road trip to Moab, where my average speed out was 76mph {over 1975 miles} I used about 3oz of oil. My bike has about 23000 trouble free miles on it now { well except for the broken doo at 10k}

Manufactures play it safe and take a happy medium with things, they can't rely on joe consumer to do it right so they develop what they feel is the happy "safe" way to do it. It isn't wrong, but it sure could be better.

In the end you need to do what you think is the right thing, you get the info, mull it over and do what the data you gathered tells you, or not.

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I am curious to see what the rebuttal will be.

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post #7 of 18 Old 10-30-2007, 08:46 AM
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I am curious to see what the rebuttal will be.
I assume you mean me?

I don't really have one, I stand by my original post. This guys break in procedure requires... let's call it "odd driving"... and just isn't going to fly with the big dogs in charge of regulations. I already agreed that the guy is probably right about HP, but overall it just doesn't matter in everyday vehicles for everyday people. This guys technique is best left to people who are obsessed with every HP they can muster even if it means only getting to 60mph 1.5 seconds faster.
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Ever read about KLR's using massive amounts of oil? Improper break-in, plain and simple.

My normal riding style mirrors the motoman method, so why not break-in a motor the same way?
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larry boy says My normal riding style mirrors the motoman method, so why not break-in a motor the same way? I say exactly.
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post #10 of 18 Old 12-10-2007, 06:19 PM
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I say exactly.
I break the law every day I ride..why not during break-in?

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