I have almost 14,000 miles on my Africa Twin and a valve clearance check is called for at 16,000 miles, should I check the valves or can I safely put it off for awhile?
interested to hear more about your bookI agree its a bit of a bitch to work on. Lots of disassembly to get to the valve cover. After that its no more complicated than anything else.
Just to offer a different view on valve clearance intervals, I had mine apart at 6000 miles (I've written a book on the bike so had to strip it way before the recommended interval), and was disappointed to find the clearances were all over the place. 3 too loose, 2 too tight. I'm not advocating shortening the service intervals but I certainly wouldn't skip one.
I write service manuals, and have just completed one on the AT. I try to cover things from a home mechanics perspective and offer a friendly supportive point if view, rather than the rather clinical style of the Honda manual. Details & sample pages available here.... https://www.marksmotorcycleparts.co.uk/service-manualsinterested to hear more about your book
I was surprised myself. After having Hondas in the past and always been impressed by how little servicing they needed - the valves on my VTR1000 never needed touching in the 30k miles I had it.I find it amazing that you are the only person I’ve heard off that has needed any valves adjusted and at only 6000 miles too.