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Old 03-27-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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Question 2013 KTM 350 EXC-F break-in advice

Hi all,

I know this topic has probably been discussed over and over again, but I tried searching like crazy and I can't get specific-enough a hit to what I'm looking for, so I'm taking my chances and posting in a new thread.

ANYWAY! I'm buying a brand-spankin' new 2013 KTM 350 EXC-F in 3 weeks and, as someone who has not been riding for long (2 years), this will be my first new machine, and I'm wondering how goes the break-in process for a dual sport.

I plan on riding this bike 75% single track enduro stuff and 25% street (to get to the trails, basically), so I'm wondering what kind of break-in process anyone else more knowledgeable would recommend. I can't baby the hell out of it, when I know it'll be put under some major stress on many occasions, but I also have never broken in a motorcycle or anything so I don't know what the hell I'm talking about!

Any advice is much appreciated,
Thanks guys
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:28 PM   #2
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The main component for break in is the rings. Do some research on how to properly seat rings during break in. Babying it can be bad.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:47 AM   #3
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Babying it is one of the worst things you can do.

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Old 03-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #4
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Cool, thanks for the replies guys :)

In case anyone else stumbles here looking for similar answers, I also found some good information buried in E-Ticket's massive new bike guide; he specifically talks about breaking his in on this response:

Thanks again all,
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:33 PM   #5
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ride it like you stole it...

do you play the base and are you from Canada ?
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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I do play the bass. Same model as a certain Canadian bassist from a popular rock band :)
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:52 PM   #7
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ride it like you stole it..
"Ride it like you stole it" that's a genius quote. I am gonna try it! ;p
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