Finally, sensible engine break-in advice.
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    Senior Member kj7687's Avatar
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    This is a great article. I have done a fair bit of research on this subject and I endorse what is stated in this article as sound advice. This is how you break in a new motorcycle, seriously.
    KJ, just KJ, ok.

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    2004 GMC Sierra 1500, 1999 Toyota 4Runner

    Past rides: 2015 Yamaha XT 250, 1997 Suzuki DR 200, 2007 Honda Ruckus, 2007 Yamaha TW 200, 2007 Kawasaki Ninja 500, 2009 Kawasaki KLX331S; 1994 GMC Sierra 1500, 1987 Nissan Pathfinder, 1992 Acura Integra, 1986 Honda CRX, 1989 Jeep Cherokee, 1994 Chevrolet Astro Van, 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit, 1984 Jeep Cherokee

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    Senior Member rm_hm's Avatar
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    I would most likely use those tips if I had a high end bike like the one in the photo.

    Qwerty always liked to point out that

    "Remember that the TW engine technology is over 20 years old, and it was out-of-date when the bike was first built. Break-in procedures for other bikes have changed with developments in metalurgy and better manufacturing technology. If I bought a recently designed water-cooled bike I'd do the variable load, variable throttle thing for 20 miles, change the oil, then do some maximum acceleration runs, then change the oil again. then I'd consider it broken in. "

    His break in advice that I used was

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    Senior Member joedirt1970's Avatar
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    I figured once you can wheelie down the street the oils will circulate through the engine as you are good to go...on the TDUB that is.
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    2008 TDub--Jimbo Shield, Lizard Oil Cooler, Blaster Shock, YZ Hybrid Forks, Supermoto front fender, ATV Bars, Acerbis Brake Cover, 1460 Pelican Case, Cycle Rack, Power Core, Gold Chain.

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    Senior Member billmags's Avatar
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    I've got about 400 miles on mine so far. I did a quick oil change at 100 or so just to see- but that wasn't necessary. I just ride normally without abuse and let the engine tell me what it wants to do without any over revs. Piece of cake.

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