Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rideau Ferry, Ontario, Canada
How do you know when it's time to do the valves?
Forgive this seemingly odd question. A little background is in order - I sling my own wrenches , and did so on my three previous bikes, but am by no means a qualified mechanic. I understand perhaps a little more than the basics but rely on scheduled maintenance intervals, shop manuals and advice to maintain my "toys" (Skidoos, ATVs, boats). This forum is terrific in helping me understand the "real world" aspects. I think you'd typify me as a sedate rider and mechanic -erring on side of caution. I check oil, lube chain and check things / adjust on a regular basis.
I must however be leading a sheltered life -I've never had a breakdown (so far) or anything remote to degraded performance (other than the muskrat that chewed my livewell hoses and sunk my boat!). I haven't adusted my chain yet in 5300 kms - even had to other biker s check as well as the dealer and nope - everythings within manual spec.
This makes me suspicious or at least doubtful of my own observations. My bike seems to run fine at all speeds. Other than the obvious things that break, poor gas mileage etc - I'm curious just how you tell when your valves need adjustment - what are the key symptoms to watch out for.
I'll be coming up to the initial check at the end of the summer after my BC trip and want to know what things I should watch / measure / listen for. I'm planning to buy my own shim kit if within reason since I plan on keeping the Strom as long as it wants me.
Appreciate the advice
Thanks and safe riding,
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but desperation is it's father........... (Bell)