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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-23-2016, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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New vn900 custom breakin

I will be getting my brand new Vulcan 900 custom on Saturday and since it is new I will need to break it in so can somebody pass me some advice on how to break it in properly


how fast can I go and at what point can I do it?

I have also heard about not staying to a specific rpm but what exactly does this mean? do i have to keep moving my hand for like 1000 miles? because that will get annoying fast?

and what are the service intervals that I need to keep track off and what do they involve if i were to do it myself?

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Follow the owners manual instructions , and no one else's, and you cannot go wrong.
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All of those questions are answered in the Owner's Manual which you should receive when you pick up your new 900. Maybe the dealer would give you the manual before you pick up the motorcycle.

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You can also download it (the owner's manual only) for free at https://www.kawasaki.com/ServiceManuals/ChooseVehicle.
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You can also download it (the owner's manual only) for free at https://www.kawasaki.com/ServiceManuals/ChooseVehicle.
agreed follow the owners manual. enjoy the new ride.
BTW the link says it changes for owners and service manuals

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ok i have downloaded the user manual, but what about not keeping the rpm constant?

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i wouldn't worry too much about the rpms. If you ride around town and back roads you will be shifting up and down and changing speed enough to keep the engine at different rpms.

Be sure to do your first oil change at 600 miles as stated in the manual. If you plan on doing your own basic service I recommend the K&N oil filter, you will see why when you do your fist oil change.

Be sure to search this forum if you have any issues, most likely you will find the info you are looking for, if not just post a new thread.

Enjoy your new ride!!

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ok i have downloaded the user manual, but what about not keeping the rpm constant?
the manual shows maximum recommended engine speed in the Break-In section. have you found the table?

the goal is NOT to keep the RPMs as low as possible, but vary it in a given range... so for the first 500miles, it is recommended to up shift in 2nd gear @20mph, 3rd gear @30mph, 4th @40mph... that gives a RPM range of 1000- 3600 (idle to 20mph in 1st gear for example). once you get moving the actual RPM range is more like 2000-3600. between 500-1000 miles the RPM can go about another 1000 higher.

if you have some experience riding you will find the 900 shifts quite nicely... that being said, one can go up and down thru the gears in order to vary the RPMs. keep in mind that you put more stress on the engine when the RPMs are too low for the selected gear/speed than when lets say, you rev the engine a little... I would rather be in 3rd gear @50mph (~4000RPM) going up hill than be in 5th gear @30mph (~1700RPM). you get the picture.

same goes for the idle RPM. have it a little higher rather than too low. having it too low results in low oil pressure. after you start the engine it revs high for a little while. it then comes down and remains constant. it should be above 1000RPM. have the dealer set it for you, so you get a sense of what it sounds like.

hope this helps, be safe and have fun!






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This may be a little late but,
I would suggest doing some research on break in.
As no one that rides professionally will suggest to break it in as the factory suggests.

I always break in everything as you plan to actually ride, If you do as the owners manual suggests you will have less pulling power, and less overall top end than a bike broke in hard.

This is just my personal experience, and the track guys I used to hang with.

My friend and I bought 08 models the same day, I broke mine in hard and he followed the suggested, my bike was about 15 MPH faster and pulled way harder.

But like I said just my opinion, and my experience.

Research it though is the best option..

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My friend and I bought 08 models the same day, I broke mine in hard and he followed the suggested, my bike was about 15 MPH faster and pulled way harder.

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Just too many variables for one to say, for certain, that break-in procedure was the difference.
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