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post #1 of 7 Old 11-12-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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second valve clearance check

2006 DL1000. I adjusted the valves at 15,000 miles; four were slightly tight. I just finished checking them again at 30,000 and they're all within spec. and not more that .001 mm different from where I set them the first time. I'm thinking about never checking them again, or at least waiting until 60,000. What's the opinion of the inmates?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-12-2012, 09:50 PM
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I'm a fan of checking them at least ever 20k. It's not hard to do, and while the odds are they're fine, do you really want to run the risk of a tight exhaust valve? Cost/benefit, risk/reward ratios, and all that.

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-13-2012, 10:26 AM
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On my 2011 DL650 I did a valve check at 15,000 miles and again at 30,000 miles. They were in spec at the first check and were exactly the same clearance at the second.

I'll still be checking every 15,000 miles. Otherwise, I'd agonize over not knowing if they were right or not...

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-13-2012, 10:33 AM
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Since Wee riders are butting in, I did three checks on my old Wee by 50,000 miles. In that time, one exhaust valve had closed by one leaf on the gauge. I got tired of checking and moved all clearances to between middle and wide on the range and didn't go back in. The Wee doesn't move as much as the Vee though.

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-13-2012, 01:51 PM
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I set my Vee's clearances at or near the maximums at around 50,000 miles (I bought it at 45K). All but one were tight so it had obviously been neglected for a while.

I just checked at 80,000 miles, and none of the clearances have moved at all. I guess I'll check it again at 100,000.

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-14-2012, 12:59 PM
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Checked at 15,000 miles. Two slightly tight. Thought about it again at 40,000 miles but had something better to do. Worried a little at 60,000 and got over it quickly. I am now at 78,000 miles and have quit even thinking about it. Maybe around 100,000 miles I will worry about it again.

However, if the bike ever fails to start quickly as normal or develops a decel stumble, I may check again.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-15-2012, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. So, the opinions vary; just as I thought. No horror stories though. I guess I'll go with my instinct and check them at least once more somewhere around 60,000. I'll let you know what I find. Don't wait up. It will be awhile.

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