Checking Valves - What should initiate the check?
Greetings, my LT just turned over 20,832 miles a few days ago after my first ride post-winter refurb project. I didn't check plugs wire or valve adjustment during all this because to be honest it just sounded in perfect shape...minimal starting time, correct idle speed, have not heard the slightest blip in idle speed or acceleration, nothing out of the ordinary in engine noise, not tapping or anything that I would associate with possible valves needing adjustment. The bike has some white steam upon first start and then it goes away upon warmup. No residue at the exhaust pipe exit. I don't have a mileage review yet although the PO reported mid-40s on one of our trips.
My 04 'R I had checked twice when I owned it, nothing needed adjustment. My 05 'RT I had checked twice in the four years I owned it (and put on several thousand miles), nothing needed adjusted. They both had several thousand more miles on them than this 2003 LT.
What motivates you to check your valves and am I missing something that would be a telltale?
Oklahoma City, OK. 2003 K1200 LT. "Remember men, if the women don't find ya handsome, at least let 'em find ya handy." Red Green