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Well, I just hit my end of break-in period and I love it. I followed the law pretty closely so I'm glad it's over! I went on an awesome ride today, and got another mod! Pics coming soon!:bike-038:
 

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Sweet........keep the shiny side up!
 

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Well, I just hit my end of break-in period and I love it. I followed the law pretty closely so I'm glad it's over! I went on an awesome ride today, and got another mod! Pics coming soon!:bike-038:
Good for you, nice to have the break in done I'm sure.
 

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Congrats on completing the break-in!
 

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I think I'm at 800+ miles on my 2013 SG.

I did not pay attention to the "law" of break in, nor did I read it ... since the bike was given a Stage II upgrade and remapped on the dyno. I'm sure they violated the designated rpm limit some where along the line. :)

Anyway, I did what I always do with a new bike. I ride like I always do. Back roads, different rpms on accelerations, a bit of Slab, bit o'town roads ......... heavy accelerations, too. Rode it like I stole it.

I don't understand dicking around with a bike that Harley ran to high rpms and such when they built it. I don't "break in" my cars. Why would I do so with a Harley? And ... with the handful of HDs I've purchased or had built, I've never had a problem. Yes, I don't ride 1000 miles at 65 on the Slab, or 42 on back roads. I just ride the dang thang !

And, my 2013 SG seems just fine with that recipe. As have all the other HDs I've owned. Go figure.
 

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agreed Baggerdude, my opinion for break in : rule #1 don't hold a constant RPM #2 don't get it too hot .... other than that...let er rip
 

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I think I'm at 800+ miles on my 2013 SG.

I did not pay attention to the "law" of break in, nor did I read it ... since the bike was given a Stage II upgrade and remapped on the dyno. I'm sure they violated the designated rpm limit some where along the line. :)

Anyway, I did what I always do with a new bike. I ride like I always do. Back roads, different rpms on accelerations, a bit of Slab, bit o'town roads ......... heavy accelerations, too. Rode it like I stole it.

I don't understand dicking around with a bike that Harley ran to high rpms and such when they built it. I don't "break in" my cars. Why would I do so with a Harley? And ... with the handful of HDs I've purchased or had built, I've never had a problem. Yes, I don't ride 1000 miles at 65 on the Slab, or 42 on back roads. I just ride the dang thang !

And, my 2013 SG seems just fine with that recipe. As have all the other HDs I've owned. Go figure.

I agree 100%... Ride it normal, vary your speeds and rpms, and don't use the Cruise Control.

agreed Baggerdude, my opinion for break in : rule #1 don't hold a constant RPM #2 don't get it too hot .... other than that...let er rip
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Ive read that the rings get seated better if you hammer on it a little right out of the box, in other words dont be afraid to goose it a bit during the breakin period. Supposingly this will help the bike burn less oil and have a tighter engine down the road.

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I think I'm at 800+ miles on my 2013 SG.

I did not pay attention to the "law" of break in, nor did I read it ... since the bike was given a Stage II upgrade and remapped on the dyno. I'm sure they violated the designated rpm limit some where along the line. :)

Anyway, I did what I always do with a new bike. I ride like I always do. Back roads, different rpms on accelerations, a bit of Slab, bit o'town roads ......... heavy accelerations, too. Rode it like I stole it.

I don't understand dicking around with a bike that Harley ran to high rpms and such when they built it. I don't "break in" my cars. Why would I do so with a Harley? And ... with the handful of HDs I've purchased or had built, I've never had a problem. Yes, I don't ride 1000 miles at 65 on the Slab, or 42 on back roads. I just ride the dang thang !

And, my 2013 SG seems just fine with that recipe. As have all the other HDs I've owned. Go figure.
Interesting! I sure hope my bike will last me without any issues. I tend to be a bit obsessive-compulsive with my vehicles - cars too! I carefully broke in my 2011 Mustang 5.0 - I'm just afraid of breaking something. I need to rid that mentality!
 

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agreed Baggerdude, my opinion for break in : rule #1 don't hold a constant RPM #2 don't get it too hot .... other than that...let er rip
When you say, don't let it get too hot? Do you mean, don't let the "air pump of back cylinder" kick in? I did that twice during the break-in, but really couldn't help it. I was stuck in traffic. I hope that doesn't affect anything.
 

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That should not affect anything, the air pump was doing what it is supposed to do. I try to avoid too much idle time but sometimes it can't be helped. I also suspect that your ambiant air temp. is just a little bit warmer than where i live {about 300 miles north of Seattle, Washington} we are still avoiding mountain passes here....it snowed up high last night again :{ it's a beautiful place to live but DAMN I wish i had your riding season. Chris
 

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Interesting! I sure hope my bike will last me without any issues. I tend to be a bit obsessive-compulsive with my vehicles - cars too! I carefully broke in my 2011 Mustang 5.0 - I'm just afraid of breaking something. I need to rid that mentality!
I would rather have something let go while its under warranty
 

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I think I'm at 800+ miles on my 2013 SG.

I did not pay attention to the "law" of break in, nor did I read it ... since the bike was given a Stage II upgrade and remapped on the dyno. I'm sure they violated the designated rpm limit some where along the line. :)

Anyway, I did what I always do with a new bike. I ride like I always do. Back roads, different rpms on accelerations, a bit of Slab, bit o'town roads ......... heavy accelerations, too. Rode it like I stole it.

I don't understand dicking around with a bike that Harley ran to high rpms and such when they built it. I don't "break in" my cars. Why would I do so with a Harley? And ... with the handful of HDs I've purchased or had built, I've never had a problem. Yes, I don't ride 1000 miles at 65 on the Slab, or 42 on back roads. I just ride the dang thang !

And, my 2013 SG seems just fine with that recipe. As have all the other HDs I've owned. Go figure.
You'd have more if you'd just keep your fob in your pocket. :ducking
 

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The shop told me to do 1k but I broke my Dyna in for 2K miles. My buddy bought a dyna same time same stage 1 kit but he was told to ride it like normal for the first 1k. Well, my bike started clean and never puffed any smoke and ran like a raped ape through the next 4 years. His bike puffed blue smoke every time he startes it and it's not as strong.
 

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The shop told me to do 1k but I broke my Dyna in for 2K miles. My buddy bought a dyna same time same stage 1 kit but he was told to ride it like normal for the first 1k. Well, my bike started clean and never puffed any smoke and ran like a raped ape through the next 4 years. His bike puffed blue smoke every time he startes it and it's not as strong.
So you followed the break-in period rules for the first 2,000 miles (not going over 3.5k revs and not going a constant speed for long periods of time)? That must have been hard. How exactly did your buddy drive his the first 1k miles?
 

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So you followed the break-in period rules for the first 2,000 miles (not going over 3.5k revs and not going a constant speed for long periods of time)? That must have been hard. How exactly did your buddy drive his the first 1k miles?
Yes, I doubled my suggested break-in period. I lived in Salt Lake City at the time and it was easy, and I burned it off in less than 2 months. My buddy did no real warm-up and then rode it like he stole it. He left me in the dust all the time. I basicly didn't ride with him during the break-in because I don't reem my machines. His bike developed and maintained a little puff of blue smoke after 800 miles. He still has it with 32k on it now and it still puffs. Since he quit smoking 6 years ago, I call him Smokey.

Mechanics that rode my bike after tire jobs or 10k tune ups always asked if I had any other modes to my bike than just a stage 1 set-up, like a cam or something. 40+ miles and I always said "no" and they always said that it was the strongest Dyna they ever rode. I sold it to A racer named Steve Dorn (google him) because he loved it and wanted to play with a TC88 and see what it could really do.
But that's another story... :blahblah:
 

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Yes, I doubled my suggested break-in period. I lived in Salt Lake City at the time and it was easy, and I burned it off in less than 2 months. My buddy did no real warm-up and then rode it like he stole it. He left me in the dust all the time. I basicly didn't ride with him during the break-in because I don't reem my machines. His bike developed and maintained a little puff of blue smoke after 800 miles. He still has it with 32k on it now and it still puffs. Since he quit smoking 6 years ago, I call him Smokey.

Mechanics that rode my bike after tire jobs or 10k tune ups always asked if I had any other modes to my bike than just a stage 1 set-up, like a cam or something. 40+ miles and I always said "no" and they always said that it was the strongest Dyna they ever rode. I sold it to A racer named Steve Dorn (google him) because he loved it and wanted to play with a TC88 and see what it could really do.
But that's another story... :blahblah:
That is very interesting. I will definitely google Steve Dorn :). Thanks for all the tips!
 
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