Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: South Central PA
The suggestions the MoCo makes for breaking in the scooters are partly engine break in, and partly covering ass.
They want you to ride easy at first, because if something fails, they don't want it happening at high speed. That includes tires, brakes, suspension, powertrain, everything on the scooter.
The second part is break in. They want the trans to run in under light load, and same for the engine. And should something fail, failing at 2500 rpm is less likely to result in a complete write off.
The lower rpms reduce loads, and also reduce cylinder temps. The varying of your speed helps to insure that all the splash/carryover lubed parts get oiled.
With all of that said, I doubt is really makes 2 cents worth of difference on 95% of the scooters built. Its the rare one that had something set up tighter than spec where it might make a difference.
The most important thing is to get the breakin oil out of it as soon as feasible. It will be carrying a lot of metal buffed off of the cylinder walls and probably has an additive package that is not really advisable for long distance use. Copper and low detergent levels are great for running in, but not so much for long life. And when you look at oil samples, the break in oil always tests high for copper. The MoCo says to do the first service at 1000 miles. IMHO, 600 to 750 miles is more than enough time for it to be in the motor.
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