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post #1 of 5 Old 04-15-2006, 10:29 PM
Dennis V.
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service interval warning

I have an '04, 1000 & the owners manual says 24,000 km ( 14,900 miles) for a valve adjustment & spark plugs. Well since I just came back from a 6,000 km ( 3700 miles) ride in the Baja (mostly on the pavement) & the bike now has 16,000 km (9900 miles) on it I thought it was a good time for a valve set, plugs, change air filter & general good going over, all at once since the tank was off etc. My motor cycle shop (extremely talented non dealer) told me I was lucky I chose to check the valves then. All the valves clearances were less than specs & the exhaust valves had vurtually no clearance at all. He said that if I had waited until 24,000 km, I would have had burnt exhaust valves & a huge bill for repairs. The spark plugs were ok but while apart , do it all at once. During the Baja trip, I only found 1 loose bolt on the rear suspension & during the check up there were no other loose bolts or parts, so I think the bike is ok considering about a third of my mileage is on gravel roads & I ride double or have all the bags loaded a lot of the time.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-19-2006, 12:53 AM
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+1 for checking valves earlier than indicated. Tight indeed...replaced 6/8. Did this at 10k.

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-01-2006, 02:18 AM
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can anyone advise what to expect to fork out for a valve clearence check/adjustment from a steelership as Stromette puts them. I got my old cbr 900 adusted at 16000 miles and i remember thinking i got raped for the work.....and that was a few years ago! I realize my cbr had more valves to check being a 4-banger but for some reason I dont think that will matter.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-19-2006, 08:44 PM
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cause for alarm ?

I appreciate your post but I'm not sure it is necessarily cause for concern.

The manufacturers set 'check/adjust' intervals based on relatively worst-case scenarios and finding vales that have less clearance than 'spec' does not mean the valve/vavle seats are in danger of damage.

The manufacturer sets the specs based on the premise that some valve seat wear occurs, and that when a bike is serviced, the owner can anticipate some valves will need shims. I would be concerned only if a valve has no remaining clearance.

Have owned circa '65 Suzuki 150 street bike, '78 650 Yamaha, '78 KZ650, '80 KZ750, '81 750K Honda, '82 Suzuki 850G, '70 TR650 Triumph, '74 650 Bonneville, '83 Yamaha YZ250, '95 GPZ1100, '79 Triumph T140, '95 Honda CB1000, '02 FZ-1, '04DL1000
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-24-2006, 05:43 AM
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My Wee went in for valve adjust at about 15,000 miles last year and the service guy said they were on the nose-no adjust required. All the usual suspects were rounded up at the same time, except the air filter which he could not get, and it cost me about $175.00.

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