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Indian Motorcycle Break-In

The following vehicle break-in guidelines also can be found in your Owner's Manual.

Engine Break-In
The engine break-in period for your motorcycle is the first 500 miles (800km) of operation. During this break-in period, critical engine parts require special wear-in procedures so they seat and mate properly. Read, understand and follow all break-in procedures to ensure the long-term performance and durability of your engine.

Notice: Failure to properly follow the engine break-in procedures outlined in this manual can result in serious damage to the engine. Avoid full throttle operation and other conditions that may place an excessive load on the engine during the break-in period.

The more cautiously you treat your motorcycle during the break-in period, the more satisfied you will be with its performance later on. Overloading the engine at low RPM and/or running the engine prematurely at high RPM may result in damage to the pistons and/or other engine components. 

Observe the following precautions during the break-in period:

  • Upon initial start-up, do not allow the engine to idle for long periods, as overheating can occur.
  • Avoid fast starts with wide open throttle. Drive slowly until the engine warms up.
  • Avoid running the engine at extremely low RPM in higher gears (lugging the engine).
  • Drive within the recommended operating speeds and gears.
  • Avoid using brakes harshly unless in an emergency, as new brake pads need up to 250 miles (500km) of operation to mate with new rotors.









Do not operated for extended periods above 1/3 throttle or at any one throttle position. Vary engine speed frequently.



Do not operate for extended periods above 1/2 throttle or at any one throttle position. Vary engine speed frequently.



Do not operate for extended periods above 3/4 throttle.

At 500

At 800

Perform the break-in maintenance outlined in the maintenance section of the manual.

Break-in maintenance should be performed by a dealership. Break-in maintenance must include inspection, adjustments, fastener tightening and an engine oil and filter change. Performing break-in maintenance at the required odometer reading helps ensure peak engine performance, minimal exhaust emissions and maximum service life of the engine.

View or download a general maintenance schedule for your Indian Motorcycle.

For more information, see your authorized Indian Motorcycle Dealer. Find a dealer near you with the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.

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