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post #1 of 13 Old 08-14-2019, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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2011 DL650- 25,700 miles, should valves be checked?

DL650- 25,700 miles, should valves be checked?
Manual says to inspect at 24,000 miles, but is real world experience?
Needed or not?
Bike has not been flogged, and I've babied it since I got it with 16,200 miles.
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Yes.

I think the valve check interval is 14,500 miles (24,000 km), unless it changed for newer DL650s. I'm thinking Vermont has long winters like Wisconsin, I'd give them a check over winter. Then you'll know where you are at and whether you need to consider any further work.

I've checked mine a few times, always within spec but just barely on the last check.


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Ah! I was looking at Kilometers instead of Miles. Old eyes and small type, yeah, that's what it was ;-)

Well, I've not heard any detonation, and it runs fine. I probably should get it looked at, but lately I've had some bad luck with the local dealer and a young inexperienced mechanic. I've sourced a new guy and have had one session with him which went fine, but sometimes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" could be a safer approach, rather than getting something "dicked up".

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If it's any value, I got my Wee with 23K miles and had it checked at 80+k miles and one valve was a bit tight. the mechanic changed a shim and said come back in 30K miles.
I'd start to worry if the performance started to degrade.
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Thank you, I appreciate your experience!

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Well I am normally not correcting or arguing with other inmates experience BUT not all 650 never have tight valves so if it has never been checked at 25.7k its well overdue and you should check it. You can't judge valve clearance by performance. If the performance drops, means a valve is that tight that it does not close properly causing low compression the damage to the valve and seat has already been done, most likely.

If the clearances are well within specification leave them alone. If they are towards to tight end of the specification widen them more towards the looser end of the range. After that I would agree with the previous poster and not look at them for quite a while because experience shows that they don't change much (if at all) over a long time or a lot of miles.
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Thank you Blaustrom!

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Always err on the side of concern, if you aren't sure it's worth having a look so you have a base line.
I went on blind faith and rumors of how little the Strom needs even when checked at proper intervals.
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Good advice, I will have it checked out!

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Checking is easier that adjusting. Adjusting easier than fixing bad valves/head. I am in the same boat. Need all fluids and valve check. I have been faithful on oil, filter, tires and chain lube. I guess time to get the tupperware off. Or sell it. Brake fluid, coolant and clearance past due. battery and forks. Are these things expected to be economical? I may go back to my Piaggio.

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