Originally Posted by ArtCuisin
The consensus on the slonaker Helix forum among the serious
gearheads is that you shouldn't even try adjusting the Helix
valve clearances. I know this SOUNDS stupid, but that
has been their finding. If I'm not mistaken (by bad memory),
the actual procedure is done by ear with the engine running,
so we aren't talking too critical. And as long as the engine
isn't ticking while running, then they are within spec!
I just watched a youtube video on valve adjusts...I cannot belive how easy it is! That's fantastic. I tell you I'd rather rather have a bike that is super easy to work on rather than the absolute maximum power possible. The valve check on my vstrom involves removing the seat, tank fairing, and moving the radiator. It's insane. I'm not the world worst mechanic and the entire procedure took my 4 hours.