Starting to ride a new or second hand bike is surely one of the most important decisions and one that we make the most of even before we can legally take to the road says. The truth is that the budget is not always enough to start a new bike just out of the factory, but if you are lucky enough to be able to afford it, it is basic to know that your new machine will need a previous running-in with

You’ve probably already heard about it, and maybe even in the user’s manual of your new bike you’ll find several indications. However, we are going to go over the most important issues that you cannot ignore to make the most of the good amount of euros you have spent (and all the hours you have had to work to fulfill your dream).

Do all motorcycles have to do the shooting?

No doubt about it, yes. It doesn’t matter if you’ve bought a scooter, a road bike, a sport bike, a grand tourer, if you’re going to ride it a lot or a little, even if it has cost you more or less. All new motorcycles must go through a running-in process so that the different elements fit together.

Does the break-in only concern the engine?
Although it is the most important part, the break-in is not only limited to the engine. A good break-in involves paying close attention to the overall behavior of your bike. This includes the tires, the brakes and their pads, the clutch, the suspensions, the shock absorbers, the exhaust, the chain, etc.

This is not to say that you inspect every part with a microscope or develop superpowers to listen to every reaction of every part. What we are trying to move you is that the engine plays a big role in the shooting, but we must not lose sight of the fact that we can kill 2, 3, 5 or 75 birds with one stone.

In fact, when you complete the shoot and pass your first check-up, you will be asked about the performance of the whole bike and not just the engine.

How many kilometers should I ride?

It depends a little bit on each manufacturer. It is best to consult the user’s manual for that information. Be careful not to draw the conclusion that since there is nothing in the manual you can skip the break-in.

If in doubt, you can consider having the bike in running-in mode for the first 1,000 kilometers.

Do I ride in remote places far from my riding routine?

Ideally, from the moment you buy your motorcycle, you can go about your normal life, that is, if you have to ride in the city, go ahead, if you have to get on a highway or freeway, do it without fear, and if you dare to plan your first route on secondary roads, throw away miles.

The important thing about the shoot is not so much the where as the how. What we do recommend is that you try to get into as many situations as possible without forcing the bike, which, to give you an idea, is like putting it to the test.

What is a big mistake is to do all the filming on fast roads, highways and freeways. Constant speeds are not going to help you measure engine response. We also advise against driving on roads with a bad road surface. You’ll put too much rod in the suspension and damping to begin with.

Finally, don’t force the machine. It is not a question of checking how far your new bike goes in those first 1000 kilometers, but rather to make sure that everything is where it should be and works as it should.

What benefits will it bring me?

You won’t be running anymore and you won’t have more performance. We have to make that clear, but doing a good run will make the bike consume less oil in the long run, lose less power and have a better life. In many cases, a better life is synonymous with more time with you.

Are there any guidelines I should follow?

The basic premise is to approach this period with tranquility, treating your bike gently to discover its performance little by little.

All the experts agree that to adjust the different parts of the engine, made of metal components, you will have to ride those first 1,000 kilometers between a minimum and a maximum of revolutions.

The maximum revolutions should never be the maximum your bike will allow you. It is okay if a couple of times you have to reach full power, but the idea of shooting, we insist, is far from being to go full throttle by system.

The best thing is usually to work with a climb, ie, drive a series of miles at X rpm and go up by sections. It is also good that you play to go up and down when you are advancing in that period.

You have to be clear, moreover, that it does not matter if you are an experienced biker or a beginner. Every bike is different and, therefore, you have to make the shoot.

In case it’s the first time you take a bike and, besides, it’s new, you have a double job, we won’t deceive you. You have to do the filming on the bike and you have to do it yourself. Never lose sight of your safety. Don’t overdo it, don’t be anxious, don’t be in a hurry… You have your whole life ahead of you to ride the bike.

It should be a smooth and progressive learning like all things in this life. Recognize, test and gain confidence. Can you consider a relaxed weekend route? Of course you can. Can you expose yourself to demanding situations such as difficult roads, steep hills or descents, fast speed changes, tricky turns, etc? It’s best to leave it until you gain experience and know the limits of your bike and its responsiveness.

There, now what?

If you do a good running-in, the different parts will rub against each other to adjust and will release metallic residues that will end up in the oil filter. So, after those first 1000 kilometers, go to a workshop (your own or one you trust) and change the oil.

To avoid future problems, some people also change the oil filter. The least you can do is not keep the same oil because it is responsible for lubricating the most important parts of a bike. If it is dirty or has metallic impurities you may end up damaging it sooner than expected.

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