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post #1 of 17 Old 01-11-2002, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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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?



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post #2 of 17 Old 01-11-2002, 04:12 PM
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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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hey safe4now, i would go with what zx12richard said,you cant afford not too..break it in right and your 12 will treat you right!!!!!!dam i'm a poet and dont even know it...reddawg

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-11-2002, 04:26 PM
 
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Safe...I seem to recall you asking about a helmet a while ago for making high speed runs, late at night...so what happened to your bike?

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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.



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post #8 of 17 Old 01-11-2002, 08:45 PM
 
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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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post #9 of 17 Old 01-12-2002, 01:46 AM Thread Starter
 
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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=":o"> 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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Glad to see you posting again.......

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Me too!

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