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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Trip too soon for new bike?

I'm picking up my new RGC in October about 3 hours away from my house. I'm gonna be there a few days before I head home. If I do an initial engine break-in and put some miles in each of the 3 days, will it still be too soon to make a 3 hour trip? I know the manual says to vary my speed for the first 500 miles. Can I make the trip if I vary my speed every 30 mins or so and keep the rpms under 3000 or should I trailer it?


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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 01:08 AM
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Here is a thread worth reading about the break in methods.

https://www.roadglide.org/showthread.php?t=24275

I tend to follow the 30-60-30 procedure. Either way I think you will be fine.

Congrats on the new bike!


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I've always treated oil as the life blood of an engine. As you know Harley recommends an inspection and oil change at 1000 miles. I have read expert opinions in the past that say 80 to 90% of the initial metal wear takes place in the first 50 miles. So on all my bikes I scheduled an oil and filter change for 1 hour after I picked it up. Drive around town for the hour then back to the shop.
If I lived 3 hours away I would do that then head home keeping the freeway speeds down initially. To get the low speed variation pull off the highway and drive through every town you hit.
Staying near the shop for the first 50 miles has another possible benefit. Things tend to shake loose fairly soon, so along with the oil change listen for strange noises and have them looked at before you head home. Loose mufflers tend to squeak etc. Electrical failures tend to happen either in the first few miles or 2 days after the warranty expires. At least you will be near the shop for the early problems
After 50 or even 100 miles I would rather be on my way home than in some motel unless you need to be there anyway. Absolutely no need to trailer it.

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When I bought my Ultra the best deal I found was in Manteno, Ill, about 1000 miles from home. I flew to Chicago, the dealer picked me up and later that day I was on my way home- the long way via Savannah, Ga. I babied her the first 500 miles on backroads and highways then got the 1k done in Pigeon Forge, Tn.

By the time I got home to Austin I had 3200 miles on her. 35,000 miles later she still runs like a tightly wound top.

Ride yours home.


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Just break it in buy the owners manual all that other stuff is plain out BS.
Ride. I know of owners that live on the East coast have their new HD delivered to Alaska pick it up there and ride home.
Worry to much .
And disregard all this made up secret break in tricks they a re BS.


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When I picked mine up new the service manager said you dont need to worry about that breakin BS. At 400 miles we took off on a trip got back with1300 miles on it and had the 1000 mile service done. I've done the last 3 harleys that way never had a problem. The only thing I tried to avoid was getting stuck in traffic if it was hot out cause they run a little hotter when new.


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Every qualified mechanic I know stresses how important the break in period is. It's important because it helps seal your gaskets and o-rings. This is done for the long term life of your engine. A properly sealed head gasket (for example) is important. There are people who don't break in their bikes properly who never have an issue but I can tell you from experience that it sucks to blow a head gasket. Lastly, don't listen to the dealership if they tell you that it's not important to follow the break-in instructions. They have everything to gain if you have long term issues with the bike. I think I'm giving you good advise but you can take it or leave it.
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One shot at a new engine. Why risk it? Do the break in on the ride home!


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