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alrighty... I finally found my replacement 12, problem is its down south of Dallas and just east of Houston (TX)

My question is,since I am planning on riding it home ( 250 miles ) what will the best way for me to " break " in the bike ?

what are your opinions on when break in is over and what should I strictly adhere to ?



Are there any new thoughts on this OR has this already been discussed to death and I should just get a " link " to the previous posts?



Thanks in Advance

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I personally would do it buy the book can't afford not to... 1st 500 under 4000 rpm 500 to 1000 under 6000 and 1000 to 2000 under 9000..... JUST MY OPINION

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Not with my baby it may work but I don't like it....Just my Opinion

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SAFE: FWIW: I personally am a firm believer in breaking in the 12 right. Here is why:



1) The engine is tight when new. Any knowledgable 12 rider can confirm this.



2) The Electro-plated bores are picky. Read: DO NOT ABUSE when new.



3) You spent alot of money, do it right, Everybody on this site has encountered what you are going through. Namely, the bike loves to rev. Reject that thought. Do your break-in right and the 12 will reward you.



Thats it.

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SAFE4NOW...The ride home won't hurt your new bike as long as you observe a few simple rules.



1-Stick close to the factory assigned rpm limits (+ or - 500 rpm)



2-Vary your speeds. Don't cruise at one set rpm for 50 miles at a time. Load and unload the throttle slightly as you drive.



3-Don't let the engine get hot. What this boils down to is not sitting at traffic lights. Keep moving even if you have to go a bit out of your way to avoid city congestion.



Part of the break in is temperature cycling. The bike needs to heat and cool down between rides to get the best result. Heat cycles stress relieve and stabalize metal.



Do this and your bike will reward you with better performance and longer life.<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"> -ZXtra

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I came about a terrible city street curve a few months ago,

totaled the green machine. Alittle fast, alittle wet, alittle foggy, <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/embarassed.gif ALT=":eek:"> and low and behold there's this 9" curb that came out of no where.. needless to say, you can't hop a curb like the old days on your BMX and the rest is history. ie: not a straight panel ( or wheel ) left. ( even got into the crank case housing ) <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/eek.gif ALT=":eek"> anyways.. I have been riding a '01 RC-51 ( because I didnt " make the curve " everyone said I would love it )

needless to say, I didn't. I have been looking for a red '00

and up until now, couldn't find the right one ( read "price")

The RC51 is an excellent bike, for what it is, but I wanna come back " home " and now I am... I miss my 12....

Thanks guys for your input... bye4now



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I was going to warn you about those late night speed runs but I guess that also goes for low visibility and wet conditions as well. Guess you already know that now. Glad you're alright and are back "at home" on another 12...even if it is pink. <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/laugh.gif ALT=":lol">

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I followed the break in period to the letter (except for a couple of adrenaline rush moments) and I've had mine for a year now with no problems. It may be me but I feel like the bike keeps getting stronger as it gets older.

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SAFE4NOW,

Go with the flow and stick to the book, it won't take that long to break her in. After the first service at 500 miles you can go up to 6,000 RPM and that isn't that slow! another 500 miles later 9,000 RPM and that definately isn't slow!!!

Bear with it and in the long run it will benefit you as the bike gets faster with time!

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Exactly, and really vary the speed. It's way too easy to keep the same engine speed on highways and interstates. So make a conscience effort NOT to. 12s are tough as nails once properly broken in.

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I guess all you guys drive the speed limit too since we all know that's what the book says<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/eyes.gif ALT=":rolleyes"> :



Call me a fool if you want but I've broke in more than 20 new bikes over the last 33 years and I've done it basically the same way every time and have never had a break in related failure.



First ride - no more than a couple of miles - as soon as it gets to operating temp stop and let it cool down (at least 1 to 2 hours). Second ride, get it up to operating temp and run it 10 to 20 miles continiously varing the speed, never letting it get hot, and never exceeding 4K RPM. Let it cool down. Do this repeatedly adding a few miles each time till you have about 100 miles on it. Then you can gently but quickly run it to 6K RPM and back down a few of times till you have about 500 miles on it, gradually increasing to 8K RPM. The more heat cycles you can get the better.



I strongly belive that this properly seats the rings, prohibits any carbon build up in the head or glaze on the cyclinder walls. After 500 miles change the oid and filter. You can now make a couple of easy but quick runs to red line. Don't do any top speed runs or hard drag racing till you got a 1000 miles on it and it is broke in.



I broke my 12 in that way driving it 500 miles from Alamogorodo where I bought it to my house, going through the mountains to keep it exciting and to vary the speed. I stopped in Santa Fe about half way to spend the night (it takes a long time if you are heat cycling the engine right).



I now have 34,000 miles on the bike and have not had any problem except for the gas tank vent leak that they did a recall for. Valves are still in adjustment and it will absollutely eat my buddys busa every time<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">



By the way, these bikes are meant to be ridden... It runs better all the time and the shit eaten grin just keeps getting bigger.



Now do it how ever you want... I'm not offering a guarantee but rather just telling you what I'd do <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)">

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After driving al the way down there in the van, passing way

too many police officers, I decided on bringing her back in the back. Once I got back to Big D, I rolled her out and took a little 20 min ride ... man did I miss this bike. Now all I need is the will power ( won't power " to get the first 1000 miles on her. Thanks for all of the great advise and I look foward to possibly seeing you all in Fl. soon !!





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