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Question: Were your V-Strom valves checked at or before 16k miles?
Yes, and they were all within spec. - 5 (16.1%)
Yes, and at least 1 were out of spec. - 9 (29%)
Mine will be checked around 16k miles. - 4 (12.9%)
Nope, not even gonna worry about mine 'til at least 20K miles. - 4 (12.9%)
Nope, not even gonna worry about mine 'til the bike starts running funky. - 5 (16.1%)
Other. - 4 (12.9%)
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« on: November 24, 2008, 06:07:39 pm »

Just curious to see what other Strom owners have done? My DL650 is approaching 16K miles.

NOTE: this is NOT a poll asking if the valves *should* be checked at 16K miles...just asking what people have done or plan to do.

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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2008, 08:34:55 pm »

DL1000.  Had valves checked @ just under 14K because it was convenient time-wise.  One slightly out.  I guess I should get them checked again as I now have 31K.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008, 09:12:52 pm »

Scott, this is rather an apples-and-oranges comparison, as you have a wee-strom.

DL1000s were known for finding the exhaust valves tightening by 16k. Since I had all valves adjusted to the 'loose side' at 16k, I've found no change needed over the past 60+k.

In terms of the Wee, I'd check out http://11109.rapidforum

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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008, 10:37:37 pm »

Scott,

     All of mine were tight at 16K, only one intake was close to spec.

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2008, 10:25:00 am »


Scott, this is rather an apples-and-oranges comparison, as you have a wee-strom.

DL1000s were known for finding the exhaust valves tightening by 16k. Since I had all valves adjusted to the 'loose side' at 16k, I've found no change needed over the past 60+k.

In terms of the Wee, I'd check out http://11109.rapidforum

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Yeah, good point...I figured the Vee and Wee might be a bit different. Like I said, just curious to see what others' experience has been. I'll probably go ahead and get mine checked (I don't have time to do it myself) at 16K and loosened up...but I've heard lots of anecdotal evidence that suggests the Wee's 16K intervals are pretty "loose" in that many people go a lot longer without an issue.

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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2008, 10:42:53 am »

I held off getting mine checked until 22K; all were within spec.
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 11:37:08 am »

Folks although it is a hassle to check valve clearances on most modern motorcycles it is best you do so in the time line that the maker suggests.

Fwiw a lot of times on bikes that use shims you will be in spec and may very well be for many thousands of miles.
However it does not mean it will always be.
Point in case a few years ago a mechanic friend of mine checked a guys FZ-1 at under 10k and found one or two exhausts valves out of spec.
It's a good thing the guy had it checked then instead of the suggested 26k.
This one bike was probably a big exception to the rule but i am sure his engine appreciated the attention and new exhaust shims.
Check them.
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008, 12:01:56 pm »

Mine's not a Strom or a 650 but the valves in the SV1K were all within limits at their first check.
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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2008, 01:02:07 pm »

Wow, you already have to check your valves at 16k on a Wee? What a piece of crap!  rofl

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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2008, 12:47:04 am »

Is 16K when its recommended? I was thinking my book said 14K.

I'm at 13.5k right now and was going to have it done sometime during the end of January when I knew I probably would not be able to ride for a couple of weeks due to the weather.
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2008, 09:08:54 am »

25,000 miles on a TL motor, and it's still running great.  I'll adjust them one day, I suppose.
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2008, 02:15:19 pm »

Got mine done on my 2006 at 19k miles and 41k miles.

All were in spec (according to Hinshaw's) at 19k.

One rear exhaust valve was fairly tight at 41k.

2nd Valve check was done by Auburn Motorcycle (Auburn Motorcycle, 722 40th St Auburn , WA 98002, (253) 939-6666). Good folks, good rates. They've done everything but the initial valve checks on all my bikes for 4-5 years now.

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