About the valve adjustment. Quite frankly, had I known before purchase that at every 16,000 miles I was going to have to do some intensive checkover maintenance, specifically the valve check, the swingarm lube, and the steering bearings repack and more, I would not have gotten it. I have two RoadStars that I do most work on which seems to be a lot less than this new '18.
When you had yours done, was there any specific info about how those three items looked and if you could go for another 60,000 miles before any checkover? This is becoming an expensive bike in my mind. I'm about to get my 16,000 mile dealer checkover, as I don't feel qualified--heck, I haven't even taken off the air cleaner yet! It will cost me over $1,400. and that's due to my bargaining the only dealer around that can do it, down.
I've done my own oil and filter changes and I'll soon be putting on a new car tire, but that's all the mechanical. I'm sure I'll be doing the brakes myself too.
Sorry I didn’t answer sooner @RonK
. Apparently I missed your post.
To answer your question, my valve check/adjustment happened at the 8k mike Mark because of the lifter issue. When the dealership completed the work, they confirmed with Yamaha that my periodicity had changed and the 16k valve check would not need performed until 24k miles.
Apparently 16k miles FROM when they did the lifters and stuff.
I’m coming up on it soon since I currently have 20k miles on her. You raise some
Interesting questions which I’ll ask them at that time. The only problem I see is that warranty coverage is contingent on doing the maintenance as scheduled even if it’s yourself doing it.
I took it in for break in service and of course the repair, but I’ve done everything else myself since then. The manual for it is pretty concise and breaks down procedures pretty clearly. If you don’t have a manual for it yet, I highly recommend it.
As far as the periodicity of the “valve check”, my 91 Venture Royale required valve adjustment every 24k miles and it was much more complicated than this due to bucket shims, etc...
As far as “ownership” costs.... owning and properly maintaining ANY motorcycle is not cheap. A lot are under the wrong assumption that operational costs will be smaller because the vehicle is smaller than say a car. Obviously that’s not true. Probably why motorcycle ownership is considered a “luxury” along the same lines as a boat is.