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post #1 of 14 Old 04-05-2018, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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new 919 owner in Maine

Two years ago I tested a 2003 919 at the local dealer. When I had the opportunity to buy it, it was gone. So I bought a 09 650 versys. A guy traded me his 2013 690 duke for my versys. Sweet ride but it was way too nice for me. plus I could sell the duke and double my investment on the 650. So I sold it. Then I found the same asphalt black 919 I had tested out. Guess what? I bought it!
35k miles but I checked the dealer and the service department remembered the bike and mentioned how well it had been taken care of. They even have all the service records so I am gonna go get a printout on it.
It has a saddlebag setup and a top bag, k&n air filter. I did the air flapper mod first day. Needs tires, chain adjustment and a valve lash check/adjustment, an oil change. and a throttle body sync.
wish it wasn't 30f and snow tomorrow......

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-05-2018, 06:09 PM
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-06-2018, 05:52 AM
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Hello and welcome. Great little bikes that can do many things. Enjoy!

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Got the service records since 2010. Gotta go to the other dealer branch to get the earlier ones. talked to the tech and asked why it doesn't show any valve inspection. He said it never made any valve noise and it starts fine so the p.o. decided not to check/adjust the valves. I must also admit that it doesn't sound or show any indication that the valves are off, but I am gonna do it anyway.
Tried my hand at making a center service stand yesterday. Gonna see how it fits later today. Bought the oil and filter for it last night. Sunday I am planning on cleaning/adjusting the chain and changing the oil. will post picks of my stand after I know it works.

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Just my opinion.... the valve train in these bikes are rock solid. I changed cams altogether to a different set of cams out of a 900rr at about 13K. Checked my valve lash before and after, didn't have to change one shim. If I were you, I would still check them. They are likely good as is. Guess its just I'm me to do these things....

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I didn't do my first valve check until 40k miles and they were all within spec.

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40k miles and no valve adjustment needed? WOW.
Spent two plus hours cleaning the old chain lube build up off the sliders, swing arm, wheel and inside the front sprocket area. Man, that was like scraping asphault patch. I removed the wheel and front sprocket. Did I read that there is an easy way to pull off the chain in one piece?

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Yes on the chain removal. But initially you have to take out the swing arm pivot bolt and reverse it so the nut is on the sprocket side. Someone else might jump in with more details, but that is the basics of it.

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Oh I see how that would work. You take the side panel off. I will do that after I get my redneck center stand working. right now I am using my harbor freight swing arm stand.
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Got the service records since 2010. Gotta go to the other dealer branch to get the earlier ones. talked to the tech and asked why it doesn't show any valve inspection. He said it never made any valve noise and it starts fine so the p.o. decided not to check/adjust the valves. I must also admit that it doesn't sound or show any indication that the valves are off, but I am gonna do it anyway.
Tried my hand at making a center service stand yesterday. Gonna see how it fits later today. Bought the oil and filter for it last night. Sunday I am planning on cleaning/adjusting the chain and changing the oil. will post picks of my stand after I know it works.
Usually as valves wear they get quieter, not louder... Never understood why people think you don't need to check your valves because they don't make noise...

That being said, there are many cases of people checking their 919 valves with well over double the recommended miles on them and still being well within specs. I checked mine around 35,000 and they were in spec. I'd say for sure once you get around 50,000 if they haven't been checked to do it, but wouldn't be overly worried about it before that.

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That being said, there are many cases of people checking their 919 valves with well over double the recommended miles on them and still being well within specs. I checked mine around 35,000 and they were in spec. I'd say for sure once you get around 50,000 if they haven't been checked to do it, but wouldn't be overly worried about it before that.
well in light of that I might wait till next winter to get into that.

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well in light of that I might wait till next winter to get into that.
In concept, I equate it to a passenger care engine stuffed into a motorcycle.
It makes torque the same way, holds valve clearances in a similar fashion.

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Seems very foreign to me. My zl1000 eliminator NEEDED valves adjusted every couple of thousand miles. My 13 ktm 690 duke needed valves adjusted at 6500 miles. Going 30-50k miles seems crazy. I will say I did a valve adjustment on my nephews 600f2 at 41k and it was barely out of spec.
Now, I had put a 15t front sprocket on my 350# duke. I wonder what would a 919 be like with a 15t...........

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