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post #1 of 7 Old 01-18-2011, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Might buy high mileage Wee - valve check, etc?

I'm thinking about purchasing a DL650 with 30,000 miles on it. Which before I had started reading these forums I would immediately ruled out. But I'm reading reports of people getting 70,000 + miles easily.

Isn't 30K miles about the time for a second valve check? If so, and the owner hasn't done it, I want to factor that into my purchase price. How much would that run me at a shop? What other major maintenance should I consider at this mileage other than typical tires/chain/sprockets/brake pads?

Should I have any hesitations about buying a Wee with this amount of mileage assuming it was cared for by the previous owner?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-18-2011, 01:58 PM
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Should I have any hesitations about buying a Wee with this amount of mileage assuming it was cared for by the previous owner?
I can't say how much it would cost to get it done. I do my own work and shop rates vary. You hit the nail on the head with the care level comment. What is way more important than mileage is the care given the bike. If it looks well cared for and has receipts for parts or work and a written maintenance history with mileages and dates, 30,000 miles is not a lot.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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30k miles is nothing. These bikes get ridden. If the first valve check was done at 15k and nothing needed to be done, you aren't likely going to need adjustment at 30k miles either.

As far as cost, I've been quoted $250 and $475 in the Boston area. The $475 dealer is gone now.

My '07 has close to 60k miles on it and has not needed valve adjustment yet, but the 60k check has yet to be done.

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It would be nice if a maintenance record showed the valve clearances at the first check. If no exhaust valve was at the minimum, you'd probably be good for at least until 45,000 miles. I had one exhaust valve close up one leaf on the gauge from 17,000 miles to 50,000 miles. I got tired of doing valve lash inspections so set them all between halfway and maximum at 50,000 miles. I'm not going back in unless funny noises start happening. You can get some idea of valve check tendencies at https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-had-done.html

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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Well I received a little more information...
He has performed all of the maintenance since he got it himself, it's never been to a dealership/shop. That maintenance includes oil changes, new sprocket/chain, tires and brake pads. No valve check. According to him oil was changed with synthetic every 3K miles.

Ugh, not sure if I should get into this or not.
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As a previous poster noted, he's never had the valves adjusted - even at 60000 miles. It's a crapshoot. Even if this Strom needed a valve inspection, it's not that big a deal - you'd have to worry about that for most bikes [cept those bikes with hydraulic lifters].

And, 30k is not a lot of miles for this motor. And since it's winter, a lot of service shops are slow - you may be able to bargain a deal on a valve inspection on that wee - find out how much it costs at your Local Bike Shop, and offer the seller to split the difference in the sale price. That's at least fair. Or, if you really like the bike and it's nice, then buy the suckah, and worry about inspecting the valves next year!

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go ride the bike and see how it performs. Mileage always adjusts the price accordingly
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