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Just curious.
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:18:03 am »
With the advances in machining processes and metallurgy it seems that modern motorcycle engines hold clearances and tolerances very well. Since there are many here who have enough miles on their Trophies to have had the valve clearances checked many of you for the second or third time I was wondering what was found. Any adjustments needed? My upcoming trip will probably put me pretty much in the middle of nowhere when my bike reaches valve clearance checking time. One of the guys traveling with me is an independent bike mechanic and one of his specialties is engine and performance modifications. He also races a Triumph triple. He tells me the triple is a very good engine and not to worry about it. We will check them as soon as we get home and he is willing to wager that everything will be in spec. I was just curious as to what others have found.

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Re: Just curious.
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 01:10:21 am »
NavyDad--

I don't know what the valve clearance will be but I do know that you can't hear a tight valve...

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Re: Just curious.
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 02:52:22 am »
I will be interested in what you find.

The BMW RT boxer called for valve check every 6000 miles.  Easy enough to do and after the first 12,000 they rarely changed.

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Re: Just curious.
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2014, 04:18:10 am »
I only have 15000 miles on my Trophy, so I can't answer to the valve wear on it. But I had 68000 miles on my Honda ST1300 without a shim change.

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Re: Just curious.
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2014, 06:25:12 am »
I had the head replaced at 10,000 miles so I'm going to wait for 20,000 on the new setup to have my valves checked. 
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Re: Just curious.
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2014, 04:25:21 pm »
I had to adjust two valves at 6000 miles on my RT boxer engine and one valve at 12000 miles and never had to adjust another valve. The RT had 98,000 on it when I traded up to the Trophy. I am very good about keeping a proper maintenance schedule because I ride long distances and also tend to keep my bikes until they reach 100K. I have everything needed to do the Trophy and I may check them early before my trip just for peace of mind. Be nice to know what folks are finding though.

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Re: Just curious.
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2014, 02:49:13 pm »
I never had to adjust a valve on my Gold Wing or ST-1300.  The Wing currently has 75K on it and the ST had close to 100K when I traded it for the Wing.  I'd expect the Triumph to be the same in that regard.

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Re: Just curious.
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2014, 11:39:38 pm »
Before I got rid of the bike, I got the valves checked at 20K. They were all in spec. Then the head was replaced at 21K. Wasted $1200 on the 20K service !!!