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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-23-2017, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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2nd Break-In Period.

I just finish the first break-in period today for this wonderful bike, but I have a quick question about the 2nd break-In Period? For the first break-in period, I've been keeping it under 4rpm, and staying off the highway and changing gears alot. Now that I am done the first break-in, is it more flexible with constant speeds such as highway driving as long as I'm below the 6rpm rule, or should I try to stick with city driving until the 2nd break-in is finish?
I am not going to lie, I didn't think this would be a problem, but I live in such a small town and too get anywhere you have to take the highways...

Thank for the advice guys!
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I was told by the service manager where I bought my bike, yes it was a kawi dealer, that the engine doesn't need a break in.
He said, this engine is ready to go out of the factory. Dude you can go 100 mph on the way home if you want to.
I didn't go 100 right away but I never worried about my speed or rpm. I have 3000 miles now and it runs just like it did the day I bought it.
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User manual specifies a break in period, so not sure what that chap was talking about. Glad to hear it hasn't hurt your bike tho.

Once I got to the second period, I went on the motorways fine, hell was going on em during the first, just stuck to around 55mph. You can do 80mph in sixth at 6k rpm, which is faster than I should be on the motorways here!
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I worried less about varying rpms in the 2nd break-in. As Mad-Larkin pointed out, the speed that 6k rpms allows is high enough that you can knock those remaining miles out fast. Personally after that I took it to full song a couple times throughout the gears then made the switch to full synthetic.

I was bit hard by the bug and put 6k miles on it by the first year, sitting just over 10k miles now. With regular oil and chain maintenance I've had no complaints out of her.
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Follow the procedure as outlined in the Kawasaki owners manual and you cannot go wrong.
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-24-2017, 10:09 AM
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After 600 mile slow breaking & oil & filter change, drive it like you stole it. 26k & counting, highway every day since new.

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I just hit 1000 miles, and i stayed at 6k or below most of the time. only really going above when needed or for a little excitement. shes runnin like a champ and no issues. I wouldnt dog her out, follow the manual but have a little fun too, and get out of danger when you need to.

Hit the highway if your comfortable with it, she will handle it. at 6k you go about 80mph so you'll be fine on the highway.

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Biggest thing is the first oil change, I noticed quite a difference in the sound of the engine and the shifting after my first one. Not to mention that it was dirty as hell from the break in.
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Thanks everyone for the helpful advice! Finally took it on the highway the other day. For my first bike, I am really enjoying it. =D
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Thanks everyone for the helpful advice! Finally took it on the highway the other day. For my first bike, I am really enjoying it. =D
Nice bike for being your first,Ride safe
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