Got mine delivered last night
Registration is still on its way, so can't take her out much, but did ride her for 150kms yesterday
Will take some time to get adjusted to the position, my wrists ache like mad (longtime bullet rider) and also forearms seem to flex more
Wont be adding the rear sets for sure cuz my legs are already bent at a tight angle, adding the rear sets will further increase it...
Initial impressions are really really nice.. got up early to cover a few more KMs before work to reach the runic finish line
As for the run in period, I guess the runin period globally would be 1000miles, which these guys have converted to 1600kms.
But these guys service the bike with oil change etc at 1000kms itself. So waiting for the next 600kms duznt make much sense. cuz even if there are files of iron, they will come out only at the next service which is at 6000kms.
So guess I will run in for only 1000kms
^^ I want to correct you on this part. Globally all Kawasaki motorcycles have the same break-in distance of 500miles (4000rpm) and 1000miles (8000rpm). and the reason is not just "seat" moving parts in the engine, by wearing in metal to metal contact surfaces. The main purpose of the break-in is to seat the piston rings to the cylinder walls. These parts must be physically worn into each other to achieve the best possible seal to prevent blow-by (hot gases escaping the combustion chamber past the piston rings into the crankcase).
The fact is that an engine is not fully broken in for several thousands of miles. During that period, you have to respect it more than you would a fully broken in engine. That said, the Ninja 250 is probably 95% broken in by 500 miles. And it's probably 90% broken in by 50 miles. Stillthe engine is not fully broken in until 15-20k miles or so, when everything in the engine is completely seated, at which point the engine begins to ever-so-slowly deteriorate (just like you grow until you're 27 years old, then you start to die).
and this is the reason why MV Agusta's engines don't need to breaking-in
Source - http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Do_I_re...k-in_period%3F
P.S-This is not a universal rule of break-in. its just the best possible way Kawasaki can suggest to do so.
Last edited by R-series; 04-25-2012 at 10:02 PM.
Just because you haven't seen it doesnt mean its impossible...expect the unexpected.
Don't worry about the aches and pains. I had the same issue earlier and was wondering why the bike was so uncomfortable. I had never ridden it prior to buying since there was no test ride bikes back then and i did not ride my friends bikes as well (dont like to borrow others bikes).
Gradually i got used to it and now i can easliy do around 400-600 kms with a few short breaks thrown in between.... and my fitness levels are bare minimum.