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I need to pick mine up once the weather turns, but I need to be honest in say that I don't believe in the factory break-in procedure. I truly believe in thrashing it, and I would love to do that with this bike.

That said, it does have enough electronics to monitor everything, and I am wondering if that is looked at? Would I void my warranty?
 

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Good question, I'd like to know the answer to that. I've broke a few bikes in over the years and have never stuck to the "keep it below 5-6k" for the first 600 miles. I don't thrash them resettle sly bet to go through the rev range and the gears, I very never had a problem and always ended up with a smooth running engine that pulls well through the rev range and gears. A mate of mine sticks to the procedure rigidly and his last R6 seemed as tight as a nuns [email protected]**#%, he seems to think he'll blow the engine if he exceeds the revs in the break in period, mind you he doesn't take it much above after!!:eek:
 

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That's a good question but I doubt they'll know. What my local dealer told me was yes don't go over 6K rpm for the first 100 miles. Then after that bring it up to about 7-9k rpm. Then after the 600 ride it like you stole it. So that's what I'm been doing I got 300 miles on mine right now. They said that what it says in the manual from Ducati is too conservative and it's not going to break in the bike well. So that's my .02 cents on break in in reference to what I was told to do by my dealer.
 

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I too believe in breaking it in by riding it hard. With in the first 20 miles of life I had already been to 120 in second and bounced of the rev limiter countless times since they second third and fourth. I just hit my 600 or so miles (actually at 700 miles). Just need to wait for the next day above 40 to take her in. I'll let y'all know if I have issues. But I can't imagine Ducati pitching a fit or really being able to say anything about my warrantee.


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I will be banging the rev limiter within the first few miles!
 
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I think it's more important to vary the engine speed. I also like to get more frequent heat cycles during break in.
 
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When they say keep it below 6k rpm they don't mean you can't take it over 6k they just mean don't keep it above 6k for a prolong period of time. That said i ripped the crap out of mine since i purchased it and after i had my first service the dealer didn't say anything about how many times i hit the rev limiter (mostly due to the stupid quick shifter not clicking into 2nd) and i've been through all the gears and exceeded 220kph. I haven't had a single issue.

Like all above i believe that you should "ride it like you stole it" from the get go. I've done that with all my bikes and never had a single issue with any of them. Also felt they pulled harder then my mates who "babied" their bikes during the break in period.
 

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I think it's more important to vary the engine speed. I also like to get more frequent heat cycles during break in.
Heat cycles are a thing of the past. Pretty much all new engines now come out of the factories don't require heat cycles through the break-in period. Old engines didn't have the same metallurgy as new one's and they don't expand a contract the same way as an old Norton would :)

The DDA once installed on the bike could record data for the Duc techs to see what you have been doing but I think this is an add on or at least, you have to turn it on to work.

If you could see what the techs do to your bike before it leaves the factory then would not baby it at all. That being said, you don't want to thrash the living crap out of it but instead load and unload the engine constantly for the first few hundred klms. The most important thing on the bike is to seal the rings properly and the only way to do this is to go up and down throyugh the rev range, varying the loads so that the rings get pushed out under load and compression and seal the best and also run all the way up and down the cylinder walls.

Also note that you want to work the gearbox, brake pads etc in and the suspension will also get more compliant after a few hundred klms.

Maybe also advisable if you are going to thrash the bike to change the oil after a couple hundred klms to remove any metal shards that are dispersed into the oil during the break-in process.

At the end of the day it's your bike and there is sooo many opinions and suggestions about how to do it "the right way" - (including my post), so just go with whatever you think feels right, after all your the one who dropped $ on it.
You'll know if you have done a good job or bad job by the ponies that the bike puts out, how hard it pulls and by the oil usage that it goes through overtime.
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I think it's more important to vary the engine speed. I also like to get more frequent heat cycles during break in.
Forgot to mention this it's actually the most important that the mechanic told me rjjr is correct. It's really important to vary your engine speed open it up cut it off and so on. Go through all the gears and what that other member said about going over 6k is alright too just don't stay there.
 

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Forgot to mention this it's actually the most important that the mechanic told me rjjr is correct. It's really important to vary your engine speed open it up cut it off and so on. Go through all the gears and what that other member said about going over 6k is alright too just don't stay there.
...and just to expound on that for some, when you come off the throttle, leave it in the gear! This back pressure is very important for fully sealing the rings as well. I've found 3rd/4th gear on a high speed twisty mountain road is great for break-in :D
 

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Heat cycles are a thing of the past. Pretty much all new engines now come out of the factories don't require heat cycles through the break-in period. Old engines didn't have the same metallurgy as new one's and they don't expand a contract the same way as an old Norton would :)

The DDA once installed on the bike could record data for the Duc techs to see what you have been doing but I think this is an add on or at least, you have to turn it on to work.

If you could see what the techs do to your bike before it leaves the factory then would not baby it at all. That being said, you don't want to thrash the living crap out of it but instead load and unload the engine constantly for the first few hundred klms. The most important thing on the bike is to seal the rings properly and the only way to do this is to go up and down throyugh the rev range, varying the loads so that the rings get pushed out under load and compression and seal the best and also run all the way up and down the cylinder walls.

Also note that you want to work the gearbox, brake pads etc in and the suspension will also get more compliant after a few hundred klms.

Maybe also advisable if you are going to thrash the bike to change the oil after a couple hundred klms to remove any metal shards that are dispersed into the oil during the break-in process.

At the end of the day it's your bike and there is sooo many opinions and suggestions about how to do it "the right way" - (including my post), so just go with whatever you think feels right, after all your the one who dropped $ on it.
You'll know if you have done a good job or bad job by the ponies that the bike puts out, how hard it pulls and by the oil usage that it goes through overtime.
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+1. DDA could show it but thats all.

Be carefull, seat warranty is off after 10 farts on the saddle, it will count :D:p
 

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Man, just when I hit the 600 mile mark and started to have fun, my dealer called me to let me know that Ducati approved the warranty work to be done! I had an oil leak developed from the engine crankcase and now, I have to drop it off to install a fresh new motor! Meaning break-in again!!!!!! Make sure to check your engine for leaks guys and gals! Guys from the 1199 forums are having oil leak issues but from the oil pan, unfortunately mine is from the crankcase! At least Ducati is good about the warranty! Now question is, should I get stuck riding around under 6k? Or balks to the walls!?! What do you guys think?
 

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Balls to the walls T-wizzle!

Regarding the oil leak. Yeah i know about this issue as well. The original bike they got for me had the same leak and luckily they had another white 899 sitting there so transferred all my bling to it and off i went. Haven't seen a single leak yet (i tend to take the fairing off when washing the bike).
 
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Balls to the walls T-wizzle!

Regarding the oil leak. Yeah i know about this issue as well. The original bike they got for me had the same leak and luckily they had another white 899 sitting there so transferred all my bling to it and off i went. Haven't seen a single leak yet (i tend to take the fairing off when washing the bike).
Balls to the walls it is! I'm just wondering how long it'll take them to swap out the engine for a new one!?! Good thing you got a whole new bike! Mine has to be taken apart! Haha! It's all good, in the mean time I'll ride my rsv4!
 

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I have read this and 100% agree. I just don't know if Ducati agrees, and I do want that sweet warranty.

That said, it doesn't sound like they will know so we are golden.

Ducati does not agree and by "restricting" the way in which you break in the bike, this is their out-clause should the bike blow up because you did not follow their instructions in the owners manual or the instructions of the dealer when they sold you the bike.

Regarding ther oil leak problem, has this been picked up via a visual inspection of the engine or has the bike been bleeding oil and hence, leaving drops or a pool under the bike?

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Regarding ther oil leak problem, has this been picked up via a visual inspection of the engine or has the bike been bleeding oil and hence, leaving drops or a pool under the bike?

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My original bike was taken out for a test ride after they finish installing all the bling and when they pulled it into the garage while i pay the $$$$ they noticed a small pool of fluid developing under the bike, pulled the fairings off and bam! oil leaking down the crankcase, as they were not sure what the problem was (possibly a faulty gasket at the time they though) they just removed all the bling and put it on another new bike and i rode off.

To my knowledge they've sent the bike back to Ducati as it wasn't a gasket issue. Either that or Ducati requested them to send it back.
 
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Ducati does not agree and by "restricting" the way in which you break in the bike, this is their out-clause should the bike blow up because you did not follow their instructions in the owners manual or the instructions of the dealer when they sold you the bike.

Regarding ther oil leak problem, has this been picked up via a visual inspection of the engine or has the bike been bleeding oil and hence, leaving drops or a pool under the bike?

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I first notice the leak from a little drip, not puddle so I removed the lower fairings and first thing that came to mind was it was leaking from the oil pan. Wasn't until I brought it in for the first service at 600 miles that they did further inspection and found it leaking from the engine crankcase. They took pictures, sent it to Ducati, had to wait a few weeks for a response, got a call from my dealer and set up an appointment to drop off my bike to have a fresh new engine swapped in
 

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Cheers for the responses guys.
Good to know that Ducati are on this and are fixing the issues with your bikes.

I wonder if this is happening with other 899's also.

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