Brother Scoot, I find it interesting that you bring up the venerable Ducati. My comment to Richard Evans (R&D Enfield, Westminster, SC) was that the ignition procedure, sounds and behavior of the UCE were like those of the Ducatis. Rich said that there were similar remarks made at the EFI Class in Faribault, MN. You were in that particular class; what is your opinion with respect to these similarities?
Glad to hear you are enjoying your new DL - It's a great looking bike & will appeal to some more than the C5 (along with the £500 saving over a C5).Yes, running in periods can be tedious (it's a long time since I had something that new) - even though there are postings saying the new bike doesn't really need it I think it is worthwihile - you are a tenth of the way there! - if you look after her, she'll look after you - I guess it's the same with women Also as you have not been on a bike for many years this period (as stated by others in the thread) helps you get to know the sound/feeling/handling of the bike.You could always do a slowest 'John o groats - Landsend' trip & get it run in over a weekend Keep us postedcheers
The Professor is right! A gentle break-in for BOTH the bike and the rider will pay off in the long run. I prefer to use the bike for short errands in the beginning - then allow a little "leg stretching" as it limbers up. This works well for the venerable "pig iron" engine as they are TIGHT from the box. A gentle break-in here will last a lifetime. The UCE is much better machined and improved in every respect - BUT - a bit of gentle treatment in the beginning couldn't hurt, could it? Also - as mentioned earlier, the UCE has a debris screen in the bottom of the sump. These tend to collect raw bits from the inside of the engine (burrs on gears, leftover machining bits, etc ...) and need to be monitored. If your dealer hasn't put new oil in it for you and cleaned the screen - you should between 50 and 100 miles just to make SURE. I have seen a couple of them come out nearly as bad as a new Ducati! Hahaha!! Am I glad to read this post. Did first oil change at 200 miles on my G5. The pictures show the rest. Could not post all pictures because too big - so splitting them in 2 posts. There was "burr" on the studs of drain plug and screen cap.Oil came out darkOil filter was dark.