The engine break-in period for your motorcycle varies by brand and vehicle model. During this period, critical engine parts require special break-in procedures so they seat and mate properly. A proper break-in is critical to ensure the long-term performance and durability of your engine. To guarantee proper break-in of your vehicle, read, understand and follow all break-in procedures in your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual.
Notice: Failure to properly follow engine break-in procedures can result in serious damage to the motorcycle’s engine. Avoid full-throttle operation and other conditions that may place an excessive load on the engine during the break-in period.
The more cautiously you treat your motorcycle during the break-in period, the more satisfied you will be with its performance throughout its lifetime. Overloading the engine at low RPM and/or running the engine prematurely at high RPM may result in damage to the pistons and/or other engine components.
Observe the following precautions during the break-in period:
Upon initial start-up, do not allow the engine to idle for long periods, as overheating can occur.
Avoid fast starts with wide-open throttle. Drive slowly until the engine warms up.
Avoid running the engine at extremely low RPM in higher gears (lugging the engine).
Drive within the recommended operating speeds and gears.
Note: The provided information is a general guideline. For model-specific break-in procedures, consult your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual. Indian Motorcycle owners can log in to their RideReady account to access Owner’s Manuals.