Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: J'ville, Alabama
The problem with dealers is the fact that many don't really do the work. So, I would suggest you drop in while your bike is being serviced to see if they really tear into it. I've seen guys go to dealers for valve checks that were never done. You can easily look at the access plugs an tell if they have been removed. I like to set valves on the loose end the first time and then lengthen the future check intervals, most dealers will just button things up as long as the valves are on the tight end. I can't stand that method, if your going to pull the valve covers the hard part is done, it makes sense to set the shims to the loose end of spec and then your covered for a long time usually.
Some of us are not the mechanical type, thats fine. Just find a mechanic you can rely on and stick with them. Look at the independent shops, the mechanics, a step above the usual dealer tech. There are motorcycle mechanics out there, dealers are not the only choice.
Around here a valve adjustment is going to be at least $600. I've done my last two though myself on two different bikes, I've gotten over the learning curve finally. I change my own tires too, mainly because I've been burned by dealers too much. I was one of those guys who paid $60 or more for an oil change, but those days are long gone now.