Re: Running in a new motorcycle
When i was getting a bike and considering new, i talked to my buddy whos a motorcycle mechanic and got second opinions from a couple guys who have ridden for 20+ years and all broke in new bikes.
Only one said differently than this...
Ride it like you stole it, if your going to break it in, break the thing in hard, just as you will ride it later.
That being said, the mechanic also said change the oil pretty much when you get home and vary the throttle going any distance. A good tactic is to 'jackrabbit' the lights. Find stretch of road that has lots of lights, and little traffic. When the light turns green, run your bike hard to the next one, using the engine to brake yourself before the next stop line. If it turns green before you come to a stop or are close the the stop line, run up to higher gears and give her a work out.
The other guy said keep the bike under half-redline rpms, and under 90km/h till 1000km. Dont accelerate hard and dont engine brake. Pretty much baby the thing. I think hes cracked.
But... all ride bikes with no engine problems or bike problems in general. except the mechanic, he used to race and had a tendancy to break the bike and himself. He didnt consider it a race season if he walked away without casts on a few major limbs.