Funny, thats how I see it too. But the knuckleheads at trat say stuff like " the first check always requires adjustment. After that, you're golden". Or " these bikes need the chain on the tight side, not the loose side". I wonder if there is an alternative universe there? ?
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After reading a few forums about this I realised checking the 2011 at 20k seemed overkill. I checked mine at 29k or let's call it 30k. All in spec right in the middle of the range. I change oil n filter every 5 k with fully synth. Ride hard. Allow the engine to warm up before even thinking about stressing it. I think 40k should be the first check for us folks who are mechanically sympathetic to our engines. Thoughts?
I feel just like you. I don't abuse or overstress the bike in anyway. So the valve check to me seems a bit much every 12k.
Propane, propane, propane, propane.
Or you could roll the crank around until the cam sprocket marks line up.
Or... you do like everyone else on the planet and just rotate the crank and watch the lobes on the cam until they're about 180º from the bucket before measuring the gap.