First valve check not necessary?
I have a 2012 DL650 that's coming up on its 14,500 mile valve clearance check. I contacted a service department and spoke to their mechanic, who advised me that they didn't recommend the first valve check at that mileage interval; that his shop's experience had been that they always just opened the bike, found everything was fine, and just buttoned them up again. His opinion was that, unless the customer was noting some sort of problem, it wasn't necessary at that point. He didn't feel the check was necessary until around 40 to 50 thousand miles, and felt that a valve check at the recommended mileage was just a way to lighten the customer's wallet. He did quote me what I felt was a reasonable price to do the check.
I've read varying opinions on here about the necessity of a valve check at 14,500 miles, but has anyone here ever encountered a service department that has made a recommendation like this? Though naturally, I appreciate that the service department isn't trying to squeeze every last drop of money out of a customer.....
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