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Valve adj interval

A friend of mine, usually well informed on motorcycles, said that intervals on the Versys are 26k. I have read 15k. Is he right or are some folks just going that long?
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I stumbled across an earlier thread and answered my own question. If I read correctly 26k is recommended in some places, and in other places 15k.
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I think the advertising folks set the valve check interval. I plan to do mine at 10,000 miles.

It could be that one is in kilometers and the other in miles.
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Cool Well . . .

after 100k miles I stick with 15K. Seems to be working.

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after 100k miles I stick with 15K. Seems to be working.
Did they change much after the initial adjustment?
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FIRST valve check on my '08 was at 20,429 miles - ALL exhaust valves were a BIT tight (.18 to .195mm as opposed to RECOMMENDED .22 to .31mm), as well as #2 intakes (.15mm as opposed to RECOMMENDED .15 to .21mm), so I 'opened' them up, changing shims.

SECOND check was at 39,394 miles. The exhaust valves had 'tightened' by .01mm on ALL FOUR, while the intakes the same as at the finish of the first check, so I left them alone.

On my '09 (by memory, as it's 1700 miles N of me right now...) I checked them at about 2,000 miles, and ground down the tight ones on 'garnet cloth' wet w/ motor oil, till ALL were at the 'loose' end of the specs.

I've since checked them once or twice, but I can't be more specific....

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Well, the service intervals are 7500 miles, or 12,000kms, with the valve check at 26,000 miles (42,000kms), wich is basically in between the 22,500 and 30,000 miles service (36,000kms and 48,000kms). The valve adjustment service will have you taking off lots of parts that have to go on either service, tank, airbox, plugs, etc...

I think that's idiotic.

Save yourself some labour and have them done at either 22,500 or 30,000 mile services.


I know people love to check them early and are "suprised" to find them under spec, which confirms their belief that the people that wrote the service manual don't know crap...

When in fact just shows they don't understand what is going on.

The valve adjustment interval is one of those things that DID had to be approved by the engine designers. Unlike the break in period, the maintenance intervals can wreck an engine, during the warranty period, which is a big no-no. Stuff like the brea-in period is just there to keep newbies and overconfident riders from wrecking early on, you can use the same break-in recommendations for a Ninja 300 to a ZX-10R.

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The service manual says that the valve lash spec is 0.22mm to 0.31mm on the exhaust and to check every 26,000 miles...

That means that if they are at 0.22mm they are good to go for another 26,000 miles. Put the cover back on, you're done. That also means that they will go under spec by the time the next service is due. Not surprisingly, as they were at the limit on the prior service they WILL be uner 0.22mm after another 26,000 miles, but, the smart people that designed the engine knew that and they accounted for that in their "0.22-0.31mm" spec.

Dunno what the spec is for an engine at the factory assembly line, but they are accounting for the break in wear. If the valve lash was so dangerously tight before the first valve adjustment, they'd be having lots of warranty claims due to burnt valves, but burnt valves is not a common issue on the Versys. Why? Well, because you're good to go for 26,000 miles without taking a look at them, by the time you check them they will be tight and that is expected, just like if you had them set at 0.22, they will be expected to be under spec after another 26,000 miles.

Honestly on my 2014, that already has 32,000kms (20,000 miles) I'm going to wait until the 48,000kms (30,000 mile) service, which will also be the first time I change the sparkplugs. Most of my Versys time has been spent on interstates riding at higher speeds, and that is pretty light on the engine. I'm also doing 7,500 oil changes using synthetic. Accordign to some people my Versys should have burnt a valve and seized a while ago.

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It would be nice for a 2012 to 2014 owner to do a YouTube video on adjusting the valves complete, start to finish abbreviated for time sake
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It would be nice for a 2012 to 2014 owner to do a YouTube video on adjusting the valves complete, start to finish abbreviated for time sake
The procedure is the SAME for ALL years....

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