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My CBR500R at close to 60 000 Km had a perfect valve check and even the spark plugs were in great shape.Replaced plug's anyway's.They said they don't see many 500's out of spec.Oh and they charged 195 tax incl.
That's what, about $150 US? That may seem high to some that are capable an knowledgeable enough to do it themselves. But straddled with the lack of knowledge, proper tools, and working dexterity.. Some of us would be happy to pay that occasionally. I can do a lot of preventive maintenance on my bike, from oil changes, to spooning on tires. Although, after the last 3 sets I changed, I swore each would be my last. Grunting and moaning I can still do pretty well. Not so much with the mechanics of working hands that require any degree of finesse. Then there's the problem of my current mental state.. Yep, $150 sounds pretty reasonable to me. :serious:
 

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My daughter checked with a-non dealer mechanic in San Francisco and he said $300 for basic check and more if adjustment is needed. Sure, that's San Francisco, but it's also not what a dealer would charge.

On the R model, this is a very fiddley job. Besides the gas thank and fairings to remove, there are two layers of covers over the valve cover, one of which contains the pair valve, ignition coils, ECU, blinker control and the main wiring harness. The throttle cables have to be disconnected at the throttle bodies. This is all done in very tight quarters and none of it is easy or straight forward. The shop manual is almost a must-have.
 

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On the R model, this is a very fiddley job. Besides the gas thank and fairings to remove, there are two layers of covers over the valve cover, one of which contains the pair valve, ignition coils, ECU, blinker control and the main wiring harness. The throttle cables have to be disconnected at the throttle bodies. This is all done in very tight quarters and none of it is easy or straight forward. The shop manual is almost a must-have.
I guess in the F model (which I have) it should be as involved as in the R model, with the exception of not having the external fairing to remove.

Based on the experience amassed in this thread, I think I will skip the as-per-the-manual valve check and spark plug replacement at 24.000 km, as I do mostly very tame riding (commuting to work and some weekend rides mostly for tourism and sightseeing). Unless I feel something out of whack in the bike, I will try to push the first time for both those operations to the 48.000 km mark.
 

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I guess in the F model (which I have) it should be as involved as in the R model, with the exception of not having the external fairing to remove.

Based on the experience amassed in this thread, I think I will skip the as-per-the-manual valve check and spark plug replacement at 24.000 km, as I do mostly very tame riding (commuting to work and some weekend rides mostly for tourism and sightseeing). Unless I feel something out of whack in the bike, I will try to push the first time for both those operations to the 48.000 km mark.
Sometimes, the best course of action.. is no action. Who knows? You may find the new 2020 models so appealing, a trade in is in order. :surprise:
 

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My mechanic told me to skip it at 16,000 and 20,000 miles as none of the models (x,r,f) had any issues that he saw when he checked. I plan on upgrading next year anyway so it’s wasted money at this point for me.
 

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Only check I have done was at 42000kms and they were good. I probably won’t be checking them again. Also my plugs were fine, gap a little bit large but condition fine. Changed them to iridium anyway.
 

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Bucket and shim valves never need adjustment. They self correct and it is physically impossable for them to remain out if spec, and when out of spec, only by tiny margins will drift back.

Now you nut burger know it alls can break out the flame throwers.
Nonsense!!!
 

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I suppose the simple question is has anyone had out of spec?


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My first inspection had one out of spec.

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I just bought a 2013 CBR500R with 94 miles on the clock, everything seems to work fine and the dealer had already accomplished all service bulletins. If what I'm reading is correct, the 600 mile valve clearance check is unnecessary. I'm at about 300 miles now and it seems ridiculous that the clearances would go out so quickly, I was worried that there may have been a QC problem that Honda was afraid might kill engines. Based on comments here, it seems like I shouldn't worry about it for a while.
 

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I will always tell others to do what the manufacturer recommends, but I don't always follow that advice. I don't believe the 300 mile inspection is needed.

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@chzeckmate thanks! I think I'll push the inspection out to 16K miles, I've never seen a production engine where a large number were going out of tolerance within a few hundred miles. I did see that some forum members have reported findings during their 600 mile checks but I'm pretty sure those are more exception than the rule. I'll proceed with caution for the next several hundred miles and pay particular attention to the sound and performance of the engine.
 

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What kind of gasket sealer do I need? Will I really need to replace the rubber gasket or just clean it up ?
You don't need to replace any gaskets. A dab of RTV in the indicated points is all you need. There's a complete video on this in the how to section.

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