I don’t have my new big bike yet…but I’m confident it’s just a few more weeks.
So I’m doing some more research on the whole “break in controversy”. I mentioned on here once before that the Hard break in method seemed to make some sense. To which, a few posters said they didn’t agree with it. But the more I look around…the more confirmation I see.
And then I saw this in reference to how they break in Goldwings before they are even sold:
They do the same thing with plane engines…take them right up to redline for hours on end…to help them break in.
If you don’t seat the oil rings properly…what will happen? You won’t have a perfect seal…and with time…lots of time…contaminants will enter the engine. And maybe in 2 or 3 years…you’ll need engine work done or possibly a new engine.
Why would the bike company tell you to “take it easy” when breaking it in…if in fact that’s bad for the bike? Well…there are many parts other than the engine that need breaking in as well…not the least of which are the brakes and tires. So if the company told you to redline your brand new bike…and your new tires slipped…and your new brakes failed to stop you…who might be responsible? I’m just guessing here…I’m not saying they just tell you to take it easy to not get sued.
I did a very “kind” break in on my 1100cc Yamaha back home…and by 30,000km it had a noticeable loss in power.
So is it possible the companys tell you to take it easy…so that you don’t kill yourself…and they can replace your engine 4 or 5 years down the line? Or is “taking it easy” really the best way to break in a bike? If so why do Goldwings need to be specially broken in due to the Goldwing owners riding too slowly?