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Hello! I just bought my first Ninja 250r, Special edition white! I took the MSF course back in May, but because of a change in my work schedule i was unable to go to the dmv to get my license till last week! Since then I've been practicing on his 89 ninja 250, but i can't wait to take out my new bike! Any tips on the breaking in process?
 

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Welcome to the forum!

I'm also a new rider and I got my Ninja 3 weeks ago. There are a lot of different threads here about how to break in your bike so I'm sure you will find lots to read and research right off the bat.

I decided to break in my bike by riding it how I plan on riding it normally but making sure I don't keep it at the same RPM for too long. I have 160 miles on it so far and I will be doing an oil change at 200 miles and then at 500 and then 1000 miles. I won't take it on the freeway until after I do the first oil change and I won't get anywhere near the redline until I get to 1000 miles. I'm also still learning so it makes it easier to drive it carefully and shift alot.
 

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Welcome!

Personally when breaking in, I will still use all of the rev range, but not under hard acceleration. (and obviously not all the time).

But I found doing with this both my bikes it actually makes a slightly looser/more comfortable top end because it has been run in every now and again by reaching those higher revs.

Search around the forum though because there are many ways on breaking in a bike and its all about what you feel happy with.
 

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Welcome Peidi, Good to have you on board!
As you can see there are heaps of opinions on this subject. Put it this way, if you think you are doing harm by doing something, then don't do it!!! :p
 

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Welcome to NN!

Four welcoming replies and no demand for pics? You're all getting soft (especially you Zan!)

Enjoy the great bike, have fun learning and breaking it in, considering it your bonding time:). And yes, post some pics!
 

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In the manual owner's of my 2009, they were pretty specific, about break-in... limiting the revs to 4000 rpm, etc. Tough to do, on a brand new bike, but they recomend it for a reason.

The only thing I did different, was change the oil at about 500 miles, and then again at 1000. I didn't think it would hurt, to 'get the muck out of the sump'.
 

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Welcome!

As far as break-in goes it's pretty simple - you want load, not RPMs.

You want to open the throttle and pull hard from low RPMs, shift early, load again, and not rev very high. Revs don't do anything to seat the rings (the major concern with break-in), load (cylinder pressure) does it all.


Jay
 

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Welcome to NN!

Four welcoming replies and no demand for pics? You're all getting soft (especially you Zan!)

Enjoy the great bike, have fun learning and breaking it in, considering it your bonding time:). And yes, post some pics!
Ok, so I'm getting soft in my old(er) age, isn't that a sign of matureity? Must get that looked at next time I see the Quack!!!:facepalm:
 

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Haha!! Good thing she is not that regular!! There is too much information on here for her so she avoids it most of the time!
 

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Welcome Peidi! And I'm with Kurt on this one. I broke my bike in using the factory recommended method (what was it? 500 miles below 4K, and another 500 below 6K for a total of 1,000?) Took me 2 weeks back and forth from-to work... Although maybe I went a little bit higher so I could maintain the speed limits on the back roads, it's been a while... Anyway, as I see it, the factory knows best and probably most accurately predicts how you will be riding your bike, so I would recommend following that. Also, if anything breaks, you know it wasn't you who broke it and the warranty will take care of it. Have no fear breaking this little bike though, I have 50K on mine and she's doing just fine....

Also, please post pics, we are picture whores here.
 
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