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    Default Correct way to break-in new Spyder

    We are going to get our new , and I was just wondering if there is a special way to break-in it in.

    Have a 600 mile ride home, so do I get on the Highway and go, or do I need to stay under a give speed for so many miles, or do I need to very the speed and rpm's for a given mileage.

    Maybe I should just ask, What did you do to break-in your ?

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    My dealer said varying speed and gears first 1000km. Shift above down above 4000 and up at 5000 RPM and don't judge until you have riden it at least 1000 miles. He was right on all counts.

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    You can always do what I did , a burnout right in front of the dealer. Just kidding, but it burn the tire all first gear. It must be the shipping compound on the tire.

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    For my 2010 it said:

    Page 44-45 of Owners Manual / Operators Guide


    "during first 200 miles avoid hard braking"

    during the first 600 miles,

    Avoid full throtle acceleration.

    Avoid prolonged riding.

    "If the cooling fan operates continuously during stop and
    go traffic, pull over and shut off the engine to let it cool off
    or speed up to let air cool off the engine."

    also read the warning at top of page 45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TicketBait View Post
    For my 2010 it said:

    Page 44-45 of Owners Manual / Operators Guide


    "during first 200 miles avoid hard braking"

    during the first 600 miles,

    Avoid full throtle acceleration.

    Avoid prolonged riding.

    "If the cooling fan operates continuously during stop and
    go traffic, pull over and shut off the engine to let it cool off
    or speed up to let air cool off the engine."

    also read the warning at top of page 45.
    On my defence, I didn't brake.

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    I don't know where you are getting your spyder from, however, when I bought mine down in Kissimmee, I took 192 to 27 then 27 to 19 and picked up 10 just east of Tally. That way I did vary the speed for the first 250 miles of my trip and then put it in cruise at 72 once on the highway for the trip to pcola

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    I like this guy. He has built a lot of engines and his method works every time. But he still gets a lot of grief.

    http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by BajaRon View Post
    I like this guy. He has built a lot of engines and his method works every time. But he still gets a lot of grief.

    http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
    I've used this system with all my new bikes, including the Spyder, and have not had an engine failure or experienced excessive oil consumption. I'll use it when I get my next new bike too.
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    I always run them hard from the get go, If it's gonna break let it when its new and under warranty.



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    Oh Ed, why don't you just ask us which octane fuel to use?
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    Didn't baby mine at all and almost 10K later getting 150miles on just over 4 gallons, very minimal oil consumption (about half a quart on 2K miles) and no problems (2010 RS SM).
    Don't thrash it but give it a good workout.

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    I rode it like I stole it. HARD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NancysToy View Post
    Oh Ed, why don't you just ask us which octane fuel to use?
    Oh, Scotty, I'll bite...what octane do YOU use? LOL.
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    Question Hard break in and warranty

    I have read this thread with keen interest since I appear to be getting a new engine in my bike. If I use this break in method and I blow another engine, is there diagnostic information that would show it and subsequently void my warranty? 'm a little gun shy now as you can imagine....

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    Scotty uses 87... proof rum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmbanker View Post
    I have read this thread with keen interest since I appear to be getting a new engine in my bike. If I use this break in method and I blow another engine, is there diagnostic information that would show it and subsequently void my warranty? 'm a little gun shy now as you can imagine....
    BUDS gives the tech a graph, with the percentage of operation spent at each rpm range, the average rpm, and the maximum rpm. Every time they hook up to BUDS they see it. If you have been on the rev limiter, they will know.
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    Default Buds RPM on our 08

    On our 08, at Daytona I was having issues with the GPS (gear position sensor), at high rpms in first gear the neutal and reverse lights would flash back and forth. So the rep., reset it for me and then he look at the RPM chart to see how I was driving it. He said there was something wrong with my BUDS, because the machine show that I was running in all RPM ranges 100% of the time, So the 08 is very great machine, it can run at minimum and at maximum all the time.

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    I recommend going with what the owners manual recommends. For me, better safe than sorry. The recommendatins to beat it, or be hard on it scare me and I would never do so. We have had mixed reviews on driving at the red line all the time. I will say no more because I don't want to get beat up today.






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    I've spouted off on this subject before, so I will refrain from getting on my soapbox. Let me just say that this is not your grandfather's Model A, or your father's 1966 Dodge Charger. Break-in needs and methods have changed radically over time. Unfortunately, people's thoughts on the subject seem to have lagged behind.
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    Got the Spyder free from BRP, so I did baby-it :

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    Doc, You should be proud for keeping it below 8 grand until you got out of sight of the dealership...

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    Default Here is my method.

    As you can see from my gps log, I probably would not be rated as one of those who believes taking it easy on a motor is the right way... These are actual mileage logs from my new Spyder taken this week. First 5 miles was a tad slow as I had to figure out how NOT to use a cluch and get used to the SE5 tranny. By mile 6 all was good

    Data Log:

    Mile 0005 - Average 31.99 mph

    Mile 0010 - Average 72.88 mph

    Mile 0015 - Average 66.35 mph

    Mile 0020 - Average 69.33 mph

    Mile 0025 - Average 71.87 mph

    Mile 0030 - Average 73.80 mph

    Mile 0035 - Average 74.46 mph

    Mile 0040 - Average 74.33 mph

    Mile 0045 - Average 73.54 mph

    Mile 0050 - Average 73.38 mph

    Mile 0055 - Average 61.86 mph

    Mile 0060 - Average 62.39 mph

    Mile 0065 - Average 59.57 mph

    Mile 0070 - Average 72.84 mph

    Mile 0075 - Average 68.10 mph

    Mile 0080 - Average 62.51 mph

    Mile 0085 - Average 45.65 mph

    Mile 0090 - Average 71.57 mph

    Mile 0095 - Average 71.50 mph

    Mile 0100 - Average 71.53 mph

    Mile 0105 - Average 71.58 mph

    Mile 0110 - Average 71.56 mph

    Mile 0115 - Average 71.58 mph

    Mile 0120 - Average 71.52 mph

    Mile 0125 - Average 71.61 mph

    Mile 0130 - Average 64.70 mph

    Mile 0135 - Average 69.29 mph

    Mile 0140 - Average 69.20 mph

    Mile 0145 - Average 61.72 mph

    Mile 0150 - Average 60.27 mph

    Mile 0155 - Average 57.60 mph

    Mile 0160 - Average 71.11 mph

    Mile 0165 - Average 73.11 mph

    Mile 0170 - Average 12.27 mph

    Mile 0175 - Average 71.77 mph

    Mile 0180 - Average 71.83 mph

    Mile 0185 - Average 71.90 mph

    Mile 0190 - Average 71.84 mph

    Mile 0195 - Average 72.21 mph

    Mile 0200 - Average 71.86 mph

    Mile 0205 - Average 71.83 mph

    Mile 0210 - Average 71.87 mph

    Mile 0215 - Average 71.77 mph

    Mile 0220 - Average 73.38 mph

    Mile 0225 - Average 70.91 mph

    Mile 0230 - Average 71.81 mph

    Mile 0235 - Average 72.03 mph

    Mile 0240 - Average 72.30 mph

    Mile 0245 - Average 69.74 mph

    Mile 0250 - Average 68.47 mph

    Mile 0255 - Average 67.89 mph

    Mile 0260 - Average 70.87 mph

    Mile 0265 - Average 60.51 mph

    Mile 0270 - Average 24.64 mph

    Mile 0275 - Average 62.37 mph

    Mile 0280 - Average 67.52 mph

    Mile 0285 - Average 68.64 mph

    Mile 0290 - Average 66.54 mph

    Mile 0295 - Average 64.08 mph

    Mile 0300 - Average 55.79 mph

    Mile 0305 - Average 70.53 mph

    Mile 0310 - Average 72.87 mph

    Mile 0315 - Average 69.96 mph

    Mile 0320 - Average 10.48 mph

    Mile 0325 - Average 69.14 mph

    Mile 0330 - Average 71.46 mph

    Mile 0335 - Average 70.33 mph

    Mile 0340 - Average 27.25 mph

    Mile 0345 - Average 69.31 mph

    Mile 0350 - Average 69.51 mph

    Mile 0355 - Average 71.48 mph

    Mile 0360 - Average 70.52 mph

    Mile 0365 - Average 39.74 mph

    Mile 0370 - Average 66.00 mph

    Mile 0375 - Average 68.82 mph

    Mile 0380 - Average 69.40 mph

    Mile 0385 - Average 73.30 mph

    Mile 0390 - Average 69.83 mph

    Mile 0395 - Average 72.30 mph

    Mile 0400 - Average 72.34 mph

    Mile 0405 - Average 72.36 mph

    Mile 0410 - Average 71.01 mph

    Mile 0415 - Average 72.76 mph

    Mile 0420 - Average 70.22 mph

    Mile 0425 - Average 70.58 mph

    Mile 0430 - Average 71.39 mph

    Mile 0435 - Average 72.20 mph

    Mile 0440 - Average 61.17 mph

    Mile 0445 - Average 68.31 mph

    Mile 0450 - Average 60.12 mph

    Mile 0455 - Average 15.37 mph

    Mile 0460 - Average 68.18 mph

    Mile 0465 - Average 24.89 mph

    Mile 0470 - Average 27.45 mph

    Mile 0475 - Average 66.67 mph

    Mile 0480 - Average 63.99 mph

    Mile 0485 - Average 67.36 mph

    Mile 0490 - Average 56.77 mph

    Mile 0495 - Average 56.29 mph

    Mile 0500 - Average 57.32 mph

    Mile 0505 - Average 62.51 mph

    Mile 0510 - Average 63.84 mph

    Mile 0515 - Average 69.90 mph

    Mile 0520 - Average 73.62 mph

    Mile 0525 - Average 63.09 mph

    Mile 0530 - Average 73.16 mph

    Mile 0535 - Average 74.58 mph

    Mile 0540 - Average 71.32 mph

    Mile 0545 - Average 72.75 mph

    Mile 0550 - Average 69.58 mph

    Mile 0555 - Average 49.91 mph

    Mile 0560 - Average 68.41 mph

    Mile 0565 - Average 71.22 mph

    Mile 0570 - Average 27.13 mph

    Mile 0575 - Average 63.67 mph

    Mile 0580 - Average 69.37 mph

    Mile 0585 - Average 68.36 mph

    Mile 0590 - Average 66.01 mph

    Mile 0595 - Average 70.16 mph

    Mile 0600 - Average 72.93 mph

    Mile 0605 - Average 68.50 mph

    Mile 0610 - Average 68.79 mph

    Mile 0615 - Average 69.16 mph

    Mile 0620 - Average 68.55 mph

    Mile 0625 - Average 70.53 mph

    Mile 0630 - Average 72.13 mph

    Mile 0635 - Average 71.02 mph

    Mile 0640 - Average 70.43 mph

    Mile 0645 - Average 68.75 mph

    Mile 0650 - Average 67.20 mph

    Mile 0655 - Average 71.34 mph

    Mile 0660 - Average 71.12 mph

    Mile 0665 - Average 70.51 mph

    Mile 0670 - Average 73.46 mph

    Mile 0675 - Average 70.04 mph

    Mile 0680 - Average 65.28 mph

    Mile 0685 - Average 67.35 mph

    Mile 0690 - Average 65.46 mph

    Mile 0695 - Average 68.17 mph

    Mile 0700 - Average 67.21 mph

    Mile 0705 - Average 49.16 mph

    Mile 0710 - Average 9.48 mph

    Mile 0715 - Average 60.44 mph

    Mile 0720 - Average 70.92 mph

    Mile 0725 - Average 71.79 mph

    Mile 0730 - Average 70.75 mph

    Mile 0735 - Average 70.80 mph

    Mile 0740 - Average 69.11 mph

    Mile 0745 - Average 50.02 mph

    Mile 0750 - Average 68.37 mph

    Mile 0755 - Average 69.26 mph

    Mile 0760 - Average 70.85 mph

    Mile 0765 - Average 73.25 mph

    Mile 0770 - Average 66.41 mph

    Mile 0775 - Average 70.61 mph

    Mile 0780 - Average 72.99 mph

    Mile 0785 - Average 72.84 mph

    Mile 0790 - Average 75.91 mph

    Mile 0795 - Average 0.66 mph

    Mile 0800 - Average 60.13 mph

    Mile 0805 - Average 69.00 mph

    Mile 0810 - Average 69.53 mph

    Mile 0815 - Average 60.09 mph

    Mile 0820 - Average 72.04 mph

    Mile 0825 - Average 61.36 mph

    Mile 0830 - Average 58.42 mph

    Mile 0835 - Average 59.27 mph

    Mile 0840 - Average 42.47 mph

    Mile 0845 - Average 33.22 mph

    Mile 0850 - Average 73.07 mph

    Mile 0855 - Average 73.28 mph

    Mile 0860 - Average 73.36 mph

    Mile 0865 - Average 73.30 mph

    Mile 0870 - Average 72.32 mph

    Mile 0875 - Average 72.20 mph

    Mile 0880 - Average 75.77 mph

    Mile 0885 - Average 70.42 mph

    Mile 0890 - Average 71.87 mph

    Mile 0895 - Average 72.15 mph

    Mile 0900 - Average 72.97 mph

    Mile 0905 - Average 72.90 mph

    Mile 0910 - Average 18.15 mph

    Mile 0915 - Average 72.29 mph

    Mile 0920 - Average 71.53 mph

    Mile 0925 - Average 67.71 mph

    Mile 0930 - Average 63.80 mph

    Mile 0935 - Average 72.21 mph

    Mile 0940 - Average 70.96 mph

    Mile 0945 - Average 71.93 mph

    Mile 0950 - Average 72.21 mph

    Mile 0955 - Average 74.20 mph

    Mile 0960 - Average 73.52 mph

    Mile 0965 - Average 76.13 mph

    Mile 0970 - Average 78.80 mph

    Mile 0975 - Average 77.42 mph

    Mile 0980 - Average 74.30 mph

    Mile 0985 - Average 76.16 mph

    Mile 0990 - Average 75.65 mph

    Mile 0995 - Average 75.66 mph

    Mile 1000 - Average 74.81 mph

    Running Average 69.88 Mph
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    I bought mine used. It had 550 miles and 27 hours on it. That works out to an average of 20 miles per hour. It ran like crap. After driving it correctly for a 1,000 miles or so it runs much better. So my point is drive it like you stole it revs up to 9000 rpm is good for it.
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    I still believe in the Ole Jet Ski way-
    15 Minutes easy- 45 Minutes cool down
    20 Minutes work more Rpm,s- 45 Minute cool down
    30 Minutes work and vary RPM,s-Long Cool down

    Next day- As recommended in the manual!

    May Not be needed BUT- I feel good about doing it this way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BajaRon View Post
    I like this guy. He has built a lot of engines and his method works every time. But he still gets a lot of grief.

    http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm
    Ron, that post just cost me 5 hours and I got my moneys worth out of that link!

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