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post #1 of 24 Old 05-11-2013, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Question Need opinion for break in

I'm new to this forum and this is my first thread post. I just bought a brand new 2011 zx6r that was on a redtag sale clearance. This is my 3rd bike but it's been 8 years since my last 600. I know that the break in of a bike should be taken with some caution (don't redline it, go through the gears coming to a red light, etc...). I have been pretty careful on this break in but I now have 540 miles on it and I'm hearing like a flutter noise which I cant tell is coming from the valves or near the headers. I also noticed a loss in acceleration power in all ranges of rpm. Suggestions? There were two trips I took to work which are 30 miles each way and I was doing 80 mph at just under 8000 rpm. I hope that didn't do anything to the engine and caused something that should need adjustment. Any opinion or thought on this matter is welcome. I am taking it to the 600 mile service next week and will have to bring this up.
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Per the manual first 600 miles 4000rpm next 400 miles 6000rpm.... Everyone's opinion on this varies but I have a 2011 that I bought new and broke in. She runs great

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post #4 of 24 Old 05-11-2013, 11:49 AM
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If you don't want your baby to sound like a popcorn machine, run it at half the RPMs working range during break in period. Meaning if you have a 1000 - 18,000 RPM working range, run it around 8-10k RPM.

Thing is, service manual HAS to tell you a bullshit way of breaking in the bike because they can't tell you to go drive the shit out of it because they are meant for the roads. Theres a whole website about the breakin process for motorcycles as they are much different than cars. You DO want to run them hard as shit to seat everything proper. I'll try to find the website and post back... Figured there would be more knowledgeable people on this subject here on the forums.
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I prefer to follow the manual and what it says ..
but yeah everyones entitled to their own opinion.

I'm at 550Km's ish and have been shifting gears at 4-4500 rpm, and not blipping the trottle when slowing down.

But again, this is the way I want to do it. Its all up to you, and how you'd like to proceed with break in

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Thanks for everyone posting input on this so far. I actually took it in today for the 600 mile service a bit early after driving another 30 miles on it. The tech told me that the noise usually is the metal shavings flying around the engine and the valves settling in. He said I can run it hard now. It's less fluttery than before. The bike is sounding better after the service and I have better response after the chain was tightened up. I will post more on this thread after my 4000 mile service.
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Per the manual first 600 miles 4000rpm next 400 miles 6000rpm.... Everyone's opinion on this varies but I have a 2011 that I bought new and broke in. She runs great
How do you keep it under 4000 RPM for 600 miles??
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How do you keep it under 4000 RPM for 600 miles??
You don't. jesus just ride the bike how you would ride it if it already had 5000 miles on it. Gotta vary those rpms let it go the lengths, get those rings set in, and just ride the bike. Mine runs great and i was by no means easy on it when i bought it.
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How do you keep it under 4000 RPM for 600 miles??
Its easy ..

rev up .. 4000...shift
rev up ... 4000 .. shift .
etc
etc
etc






Jokes aside, I am keeping it around 4-4500 rpm when shifting, and will increase rpm range at 800 km's .. to 6-7000 rpm. its not really that hard to control the throttle.

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Thanks Tmo! That was quite interesting and makes sense.
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How do you keep it under 4000 RPM for 600 miles??
Residential neighborhoods.... I exceeded that sometimes, for instance going to work on the insterstate at highway speed was over the recommended RPM but I didn't beat the hell out of her

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If you don't want your baby to sound like a popcorn machine, run it at half the RPMs working range during break in period. Meaning if you have a 1000 - 18,000 RPM working range, run it around 8-10k RPM.

Thing is, service manual HAS to tell you a bullshit way of breaking in the bike because they can't tell you to go drive the shit out of it because they are meant for the roads. Theres a whole website about the breakin process for motorcycles as they are much different than cars. You DO want to run them hard as shit to seat everything proper. I'll try to find the website and post back... Figured there would be more knowledgeable people on this subject here on the forums.
Yearrrrrs ago I had a couple of hippies build me a small block Chevy for a Chevelle I had at the time. When I asked them what to do to break it in the answer was "How do you plan to drive it?" I responded with I intend to flog the shit out of it. The one hippie said "Well then, that's how you want to break it in." I followed their advice and that engine was unbreakable, I swear. It even did two seasons on the race track before it's end.

I've followed this procedure since then, about 1986, and I've had nothing but success.
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here is how we break them in...........
2013 636 methanol on dyno 3/3 - YouTube
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here is how we break them in...........
2013 636 methanol on dyno 3/3 - YouTube
That looks a hell of a lot more than just the recommended rpm by the manual LOL
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