Well, In the interest of semi-scientific curiosity (it is winter after all), I took out the intake cam and measured it as well. It shows slightly more wear on a visual inspection and also shows almost the same disparity from spec.
Spec wear limit is 1.410"
Measurements are starting at the left:
2-1.3967 (visibly more wear than the others)
Interestingly, the average difference between my intake and exhaust lobes is roughly the same as the difference according to spec. But as you can see, they are not near the nominal spec.
I considered faulty micrometer and that is why I had the dealer check the exhaust cam and his findings matched mine. Also, my dial calipers read closer on the measurements from my micrometer than to spec.
Not a Cali spec bike, but I did get her used so something could have changed from stock.
I was really just hoping that someone else out there had taken these measurements and found the same thing so that I could write it off as a common discrepancy with the manual. If someone is doing a valve inspection soon I would love to know what your lobes measure! I’m now inclined to believe Zaq123’s suggestion of an inline change for emissions reasons.
Whatever the reason, she is going back together tomorrow, as is. I guess it will remain a mystery much like the sphinx and the Tootsie Pop.