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View Poll Results: If you have done at least one valve clearance check or had one done, please answer
I have a 650 and have gone through 3 or more valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 21 3.18%
I have a 650 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 49 7.41%
I have a 650 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 243 36.76%
I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check 129 19.52%
I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check 14 2.12%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 3 or more valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 6 0.91%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 14 2.12%
I have a 1000 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required 56 8.47%
I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check 134 20.27%
I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check 14 2.12%
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post #161 of 163 Old 04-11-2018, 02:37 PM
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2012 DL650A. Checked myself and noted measurements at 21k miles, no adjustment. Just had the dealer service and check at 51k miles. No perceivable change. I have owned the bike since new.

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post #162 of 163 Old 04-11-2018, 04:47 PM
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2005 DL650. Just did my 105,000km check with no adjustment needed.

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post #163 of 163 Old 12-20-2018, 02:23 AM
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I bought an L4 650 with 3000 miles on the odo back in April. Seller said the valves were checked at 600 mile service by the dealership. I ran it up to 7000+ miles over the Summer and checked it last month and the front exhausts were right at the limit so I moved all the exhausts to the wide limit. Intakes were all a little over the middle of the spec so I left them alone.

The bike was very viby when I bought it which turned out to be a loose front lower throttle body boot clamp so I have to wonder if the front cylinder running lean (due to vacuum leak) caused accelerated wear on the front exhaust valves.

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