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Hello everyone! After a couple months of waiting, the big day is finally here. My '07 Tornado Red (I hear that's the fastest color??) is being delivered to my house some time today. Talk about a great Christmas present. So, is there any advice you all can give me about breaking it in? I'd appreciate any suggestions you folks can give me.
 

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I got my 07 last Saturday. Reds the best. Just ride it like the tank sticker states you can't go far wrong.

You have a surprise coming. the 07 is a dream. Tighter into turns, good at low speed, and the most magnificent burble from the exhausts when you role the throttle off. it has to be the best OEM exhaust note I've heard.
 

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On 2006-12-20 08:56, haggis95 wrote:
To quote Freddie Mercury:

"Get on yer bike and ride!"
Yea that :upthumb:

Jim T.
 

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rjmatt, YES, let me do it for you. I would hate to see a good man become missing in action from his family at such an important Holiday season. It is with the utmost concern for YOUR FAMILY and FRIENDS that I offer to sacrifice my time. Think of these very important people in your life, you know it is the right thing to do.

Luck bas#+%$, Merry Christmas!
BobW
 

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Forget the stupid sticker (which contradicts the owners manual anyway).

Go a bit gentle with it for a couple of hundred miles (meaning no more than 5K rpms or so), while trying NOT TO LABOUR the engine, work all gears and vary your throttle and rpm. Give it plenty of gas every now and then without laboring it, and make sure its nice and warm before you go off and make frequent cooldown stops.

Give it to her after 200miles or so, just making sure you stay off the redline until you change the run-in oil. After that, don't worry too much.

Not laboring it and staying off the redline while gassing it plenty when warm, is the best advice IMHO.

For more, read the sticky thread posted in this forum.
 

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Bought mine 12 May. On 13 may I rode the dragon and the loop on back to Gatlinburg (forgot what the manual said), just avoided prolonged running at steady speed. Had 500 mile service done on 17 May and since then I ride like I stole it 8000 miles and none of the problems that have been reported.
REMEMBER: She's a big, fast, beautiful beast. Treat her with respect and care and she will serve you faithfully.
 

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Don't try to brake like you do on your Road King!

You'll crush yer nutz!

Another break-in tip: Don't engine brake for the first couple hundred miles. The idea is to keep pressure on the rings to seat them.
 

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Up to one-third of maximum throttle opening for the first 200 miles. Half thereafter until the 500 mile service.

Keep the "engine pressure" high - I forget the tech term but it is what you do when going up a hill and driving with the torque. NOTE - but DO NOT lug it!!

Don't freak if the heat is unbearable on the first day - I and others have noted it subsides markedly with break-in.

Careful with the throttle pickup from closed - sometimes it is sharpish.

Finally - enjoy and report back!!

Take care - BB
 
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What a great group of riders! Thanks everyone for the advice and support.

The bike's in the garage now. I have to admit I almost [email protected]#$ my pants when they rolled it out of the trailer and onto my driveway...it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen! Until today I had not seen an '07 in red. I bought the bike site unseen after trying out an 06. The 06 was great but I opted for the 07 because of the supposed improvements to the seat and the standard bar risers. Anyway, she's amazing. I'm a short guy, and I definitely can feel the difference in the seat. My feet are flatter on the ground than they were on th 06. The bars feel a bit better as well, being up a little higher. I wanted something that tipped a little more to the Touring side, and this seems to fit the bill.

To bobw3592: I like your sense of humor. I was LOL when I read your post...it's nice to know there's folks out there like you that do things just 'cause you care :)

to pushr0d: Great point! I need my nutz for other things.
 

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rjmatt,
one other note. many here would recommend staying with the break-in oil for longer than only 500 miles. change the oil of course at 500, but put the same break-in oil for another 1000 miles before going to full synthetic. claims to seat the rings better. no big deal if you choose not to, but this advice comes from those that are fairly educated in this area.

good luck and enjoy!

ps i ride with some road king guys and i'd love to see the look on their faces when you twist the throttle just a little as they see you disappear.
 

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I'm with the rag it to run it in brigade. No pussying around. As long as you don't labour the motor. Use all the rev range in every gear but don't hold it at high revs.

Enjoy the new bike.

Kev
 

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Suggestions? Enjoy! and yeah, don't lug the motor, especially during break-in, but don't be in too big a hurry to run her wide open, Triumphs are built tight for longevity, not loose like a short lived race motor. I don't know how exacting their tolorances are but tight spots that need a little love at first are not unheard of in motors built for the long haul.
 
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