OK bob thanks .. how many miles do you think is acceptable ?
So your basically saying your dealer wants to ride your bike for the first season? It takes a long time to make those miles at the recommended speeds. This has to be a first, We all know how important the break in period is but I think this takes it too far.
found it hard to actually ride that slow, and most times impossible
So essentially, you illegally put miles on the engine that weren't reflected in the odometer? I'm glad I didn't have yours as my dealer....
I seized the piston in my 2007 classic last fall. (more about that later) Took it to Crawford Sales and just had Terry and his help fix it for me due to lack of time. Got it back with instructions NOT to exceed 45-50 MPH for at least the next 500 miles. I plan to resist the temptation and do exactly as he says!
I would definitely follow the break-in procedure to the tee. Ace wrote in a thread a while back about the importance of this to properly seat the rings. The speeds and mileage your dealer quoted are far from sufficient. Also changing the oil after the first 100 miles is also a good thing to do at the start of your break-in. To resist temptation put some tape on with markings for 1/4, 1/2, & 3/4. This will remind you each and every time where you are in your break-in period and keep you focused on your throttle position. Try not to lug the bike while riding, keep your RPM's up and you will be fine.Second times a charm!Blltrdr
Then again, what did the PO do to it in the short period he had it?