Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Dayton, Oh, USA
adjustment or "read" that is the question
Pre-sales dealer gave me three pages of Maintenance schedules.
annual inspection initially at 6,000 and then every 12,000
600 has no mention of valve check
6,000 "reading out countdown distance to next valve-clearance check"
12,000 same "text"
so...it would seem the computer tells the tech when an actual mechanical check should be done based on how the bike has been ridden (how many times have you red-lined the suckker). Holt Bmw confirmed the computer diagnostics when I was discussing it with him. He said based on the other bikes using the same engine...depending on how the bike is ridden a valve check/adjustment may never be necessary. Hi revs either going up or down in gears puts a lot of strain and stress on the valve train parts.
that being said...checking the valves should be easier than physically adjusting the valve (lash) as adjusting may require different shims and special tools.
I for one would want to be able "check" the valve lash prior to the 6,000 or 12,000 service to check the tech so to speak and determine a baseline. If I measured and came up with good numbers and the dealer said ajustment was necessary I would call them on it.
Best thing to do is "talk" to the dealer and ask specifically what they are going to do before leaving the bike with them. This way you know what you are getting into.
Hope you have good outcome...