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Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Owners Manual: Break-in

The first 800 km (500 miles) is the most important in the life of your motorcycle. Proper operation during this break-in period will help assure maximum life and performance from your new motorcycle.

The following guidelines explain proper break-in procedures.

Maximum engine speed recommendation

The table below shows the maximum engine speed recommendation during the break-in period.

Suzuki GSX-R. Maximum engine speed recommendation

Vary the engine speed

Vary the engine speed during the break-in period. This allows the parts to "load" (aiding the mating process) and then "unload" (allowing the parts to cool).

Although it is essential to place some stress on the engine components during break-in, you must be careful not to load the engine too much.

Breaking in the new tires

New tires need proper break-in to assure maximum performance, just as the engine does. Wear-in the tread surface by gradually increasing your cornering lean angles over the first 160 km (1 00 miles) before attempting maximum performance. Avoid hard acceleration, hard cornering, and hard braking for the first 160 km (1 00 miles).


Failure to perform break-in of the tires could cause tire slip and loss of control.

Use extra care when riding on new tires. Perform proper break-in of the tires as described in this section and avoid hard acceleration, hard cornering, and hard braking for the first 160 km (100 miles).

Allow the engine oil to circulate before riding

Allow enough idling time after warm or cold engine start up before revving the engine or placing the transmission in gear. This allows time for the lubricating oil to reach all critical engine components.

Observe your initial and most critical service

The initial service (break-in maintenance) is the most important service your motorcycle will receive. During break-in operation, all of the engine components will have mated together and seated. Maintenance required as part of the initial service includes correction of all adjustments, tightening of all fasteners and replacement of dirty oil. Timely performance of this service will help make sure you get the best service life and performance from the engine.

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