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Freakinout or anyone who has 500R please read!

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Ok a few questions.

When reading the manual for the bike it says for break-in to keep it under 5k rpms for first 800km then under 6k rpms till 1000km.

Did you guys follow this on your bikes? If not how did you break in yours?

When letting your bikes warm up do you do as the manual says and let it warm for 2-3 min?

thx in advanced!
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you have to remember your reserve, then there is also the fact that you can never get the tank 100% full due to the air gap at the top.
so if you say 1gal for the reserve (i dont know how big a gallon is so... :?:) with however much for the gap and then theres also the fact if you put the bike on the centerstand you get more petrol in the tank (silly but true)
4.8 US Gallons is 18 L. At least that’s what the manual says. :D
I've knocked on 200 miles door and normally ride to 160-180 miles per tank. Even close to 200, I still see a fair amount of fuel in the tank. By comparison my roomie had to hit reserve at just shy of 200 the other day on his 500.

Back to your earlier question of riding the bike hard without allowing it to warm up.........yes, it is very hard on the motor, probably one of the worst things you can do for a bike. All motors benefit from an easy warm up, which allows oil to work its way up and into all the places it needs to be. I've heard this is especially important on bike motors, I guess due to their design. I personally ride it after it has idled for a few minutes, but I always ride it easy keeping the RPMs low until the motor has really warmed up.
Well I have to say I appreciate the information - I'll have to take more time to let it warm up - I'm thinking I'm not quite getting to the 2.5 minute mark. Better start her up a little bit earlier. Incidentally, if you want to keep your bike, do the break-in. On the Ninja 250 FAQ site (excellent, btw, good reference) there's a comment in the "newbies" section about the break-in, and they give a couple of examples of problems that could arise if you don't follow it. It's not just a heap of bull that the manufacturers put on to cover their butts - it's absolutely necessary. Besides, you don't need to be shooting through the curves or smoking a muscle car off the line in a new bike, you should be getting used to it. I would be willing to bet that I would not have survived my learning period on the 250 if I had not been limited in that manner - it gave me time to adjust and learn the bike.
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