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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

    Votes: 21 3.2%
  • I have a 650 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required

    Votes: 49 7.5%
  • I have a 650 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required

    Votes: 243 37.0%
  • I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check

    Votes: 128 19.5%
  • I have a 650 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check

    Votes: 14 2.1%
  • I have a 1000 and have gone through 3 or more valve clearance checks with no adjustments required

    Votes: 6 0.9%
  • I have a 1000 and have gone through 2 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required

    Votes: 14 2.1%
  • I have a 1000 and have gone through 1 valve clearance checks with no adjustments required

    Votes: 56 8.5%
  • I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at one check

    Votes: 131 20.0%
  • I have a 1000 and have needed a valve clearance adjustment at more than one check

    Votes: 14 2.1%

  • Total voters
    656
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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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2005 DL650. Just did my 105,000km check with no adjustment needed.
 

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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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