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    Valve Service Time

    Any idea how long a valve check / adjustment should take, from roll-in to fairing back on, for a K1200S? I understand that the more valves which need adjustment the longer it will take.

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    On our K1300Ss we were charged 2.7 hours to check the valves, replace the plugs and change the coolant.
    No adjustment was needed at 30,000 miles.
    How many miles on your S ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    I understand that the more valves which need adjustment the longer it will take.
    The cams need to be removed if you need an adjustment.
    Once the cams are out, it may not be a big difference if one or three valves need adjustment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    How many miles on your S ?
    40,000 miles. Valves were last checked / adjusted at 25,000. Might I be wasting time and money to have them checked now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    40,000 miles. Valves were last checked / adjusted at 25,000. Might I be wasting time and money to have them checked now?
    I'm surprised they needed adjustment at 25,000 miles.
    Since they were out of spec at 25,000 miles it would be good to check them at 40,000 to 43,000 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I'm surprised they needed adjustment at 25,000 miles.
    There were two valves needing to be brought into spec. I thought that was pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    There were two valves needing to be brought into spec. I thought that was pretty good.
    Not always, but in most cases, K bikes go a long time before a valve adjustment is needed.

    I don't know how much time is added if any shims need replacement.
    I'm going to guess another hour.
    henzilla can probably tell you.
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    I appreciate the info, Lee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    On our K1300Ss we were charged 2.7 hours to check the valves, replace the plugs and change the coolant.
    No adjustment was needed at 30,000 miles.
    How many miles on your S ?
    Lee, was that at a BMW dealer (flat rate for the work or actual time charged)???

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynajohn View Post
    Lee, was that at a BMW dealer (flat rate for the work or actual time charged)???
    The work was done at a BMW shop, Engle Motors in Kansas City.
    I think it was flat rate. Seems like the bill was pretty close to the estimate they gave me.
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    I go to my dealer every Saturday to BS with friends. I will check what the estimate for valve check, coolant flush & plug change. I would gladly pay for 3 hours for this service plus parts. Valves on modern motorcycles seldom need adjustment at 30,000 miles, a far cry from the 1970's & 1980's when valve seats seemed to be made of peanut butter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynajohn View Post
    I go to my dealer every Saturday to BS with friends. I will check what the estimate for valve check, coolant flush & plug change.
    Had valves checked. I brought the bike in sans fairing. Nothing needed adjusting. One and a half hours labour including plug change. Seems about right considering they didn't have to deal with any bodywork.

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    5hrs was what my local dealer estimated for labor. That's to check valves, change plugs, change coolant. $440.00 includes Tupperware removal & reinstall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Had valves checked. I brought the bike in sans fairing. Nothing needed adjusting. One and a half hours labour including plug change. Seems about right considering they didn't have to deal with any bodywork.
    Good idea to take the plastic off. I'll remember that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radiofun1 View Post
    Good idea to take the plastic off. I'll remember that.
    I agree, probably knock off 1 hour which I can do myself

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