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Break in- clarification

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I know that this subject has been discussed some. I ran a search on break in and came away a little unclear about what the members think.

Some said to ride it like you would normally, some said keep it under 65 mph, some said between 2500 and 5000 rpm range. I know that this is a subjective matter. For sure I heard loud and clear---no lugging.

A couple of questions:

What does H-D recommend in the manual?

How about things like hard accelleration----should it just be avoided for the first 1K or so?

At highway speeds, keep varying the speed, right?

Man, this is my first aircooled V and I want to break her in right.


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Breaking in

Mike, you are right about all your points.
HD recommends:
1 No hard accelerations for the break in period
2 Keep the speed under 55 for the first 500 miles
3 Vary your speed during the break in period
4 Keep the bike under (some say) 3000 RPMs (others say) 6000 RPMs. My dealer said that it depends on the temperature (i.e. I live in CA and under 6000 RPMs should be fine).

and also when you brake, use only your brakes to slow down your bike for the first 500 miles, no gears...it drives the RPMs up fast.

I hope this helps,

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