Just checked over all the engine and all the other bolts. Yes, things tend to loosen up on every bike over the first few hundred miles and this was the demo bike Techs always check things over as part of initial setup, just before a bike goes to a customer, and again at first service. The 'first service' on any bike is basically an oil and filter change to get all the metal shavings out and then a check of every nut and bolt. You get metal shavings from the manufacturing process and also from the transmission breaking in. The gears shed metal as they settle in with each other.Yeah, it's at just over 1,000 now and was 700 last time I rode it. Totally different feel to the engine! Around 2000 would be a great time to wake up, just before that stretch of I5 south of SF! Coming up through LA with my Ducat was scary, I was going 90 and felt like I was standing still! I like the more relaxed pace of Oregon. On break-in, Justin says even riding the bikes home a few times he can feel them get more settled each day. It's just a few miles but taking it through a heat cycle really helps. I'm figuring it's about 1,500 to and from SF so I should have time for a few hundred before then and then it will be well settled by the time I get back home.Should be interesting if I get to ride with my sister in laws boyfriend. He has a CBR 600 and we were planning on a ride while I was down there. It will be a very different ride than it would have been on the Ducati!Scott
I'm assuming you've done it, but if not- I highly recommend getting on 101 South. It's a long day from Portland to SF, but it's coller in all ways; temps and scenery.