How To: Break In A New Motorcycle Engine

How To: Break In A New Motorcycle EngineThere were 104,111 new motorcycles sold in Australia during 2017. This shows that the industry is still doing well despite a volatile economy.

There is nothing quite as satisfying as choosing a new motorcycle from Procycles and then picking it up. It doesn’t even matter what the weather is doing; you can blast down the road and feel free.

However, if you don’t follow the correct procedure this can be a short lived experience as you damage your engine and end up with a costly repair bill.

Modern engines are built to be tough and durable. However, they rely heavily on electronics and they are full of brand new metal parts which need to work smoothly with each other.

That is why it is important that you learn how to break your new motorcycle engine in properly.

Option 1 - Manufacturers Guidelines

Your dealer should have mentioned the breaking in guidelines. You can also find them in the manufacturer’s handbook or online if necessary.

The general guidance is to avoid using full throttle and do not use the top rage of the engine speed until you have ridden for at least 500 miles.

It is important to note that top engine speeds are not the same as top speed of the bike. Your top engine speed is the number of revs per minute it can do; usually around 16,000 rpm. It is best to avoid taking it over 9 or 10 while breaking it in.

However, it is advisable to use the revs you have and run the bike through the gears; this will help to ensure all the parts are working properly and bed in together.

Option 2 – Do It Your Own Way

This will not be in keeping with the manufacturer’s recommendations but it is an effective and quicker way of breaking in your engine.

You’ll need to have a canyon, race track or similar near to your home. Simply go there and ride your bike. But, do not be tempted to hit one speed and stay there. The real key to successfully breaking in a new bike engine is to vary the rev range and engine strain.

Adjust your speed, gears and revs constantly to work the entire engine.

Doing it on a race track will allow you to reach much higher speeds; and ensures all the engine components are working perfectly together.

Bonus Tips

You should use standard mineral oil of 10W-40 for the first 500 miles. Change it at 500 miles but continue to use mineral oil. You can then change it for synthetic oil after 1500 miles have been completed.

Traffic lights are actually your friend, for a change. These will help you to open the bike up in the lower gears.

It’s a good idea to ride for the first 10 miles and then stop the engine, allowing the bike to sit for 20 minutes before you continue. This helps to ensure the oil is everywhere it should be.

Varying the speed of the engine without straining it and changing the oil at 500 miles are the most important factors to ensure your new engine is broken in properly.