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2012 Street Glide "break in"

I have never had a brand new bike and have never worried about the "break in" period. I am doing some research for a friend that just WON a 2012 SG. He is wanting to know what this "break in" period is and what do the driving conditions consist of. (Slow, fast, etc) The reason I ask is we are going to Bike Week at Myrtle Beach this week and he is concerned stop and go riding at the beach will not be good for the bike this early in the life of the bike. (Approx. 200 miles on bike) Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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He has always owned street bikes and knows little about Harley's as well as I...

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I just purchased a 2012 Road Glide Ultra. The service tech said to vari the speed for the first 1000 miles and try not to rev past 3000 RPM. I believe the manual will have some additional information.
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I just purchased a 2012 Road Glide Ultra. The service tech said to vari the speed for the first 1000 miles and try not to rev past 3000 RPM. I believe the manual will have some additional information.
They told me the same thing for my 2012 SG the first 500miles. And don't use the cruise control. You can still do 75-80mph under 3k rpm.

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They told me the same thing for my 2012 SG the first 500miles. And don't use the cruise control. You can still do 75-80mph under 3k rpm.
Right - no cruise control. 80 MPH in sixth gear is 3000 RPM. Found that out on my ride last weekend.
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First off congrats to ur buddys win, my OL won a 48 last october!! As jeff mentioned......Secondly, have him read his owners manual, info on this subject is in it! 1,000 miles is the break in period. Don't lug the motor and don't rev too high either. On the highway don't ride at a constant speed for a long period of time, alternate speeds

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RDKing has it perfectly from the Owner's manual. Also, remember to check your oil and other levels often including the tire pressure. Get yourself a Service Manual as well.

Learn your systems checks and maintenance schedule.

Checking the tire pressure saved me alot of heart ache, but it took a while to find out that my front tire stem was bad and was slowly leaking.

Also, listen to the bike. Almost all issues start with a sound or a vibration.

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Thanks for all the input. It has been forwarded. Thanks again!

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not sure I understand the whole "break in period" what do they think will happen, if a part is bad it will become better under 3k rpm? What needs to be "broken in"?
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not sure I understand the whole "break in period" what do they think will happen, if a part is bad it will become better under 3k rpm? What needs to be "broken in"?
seals, gaskets, etc

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