Do I Need a Valve Adjustment? 2014 R1200GSW.

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by rdasilva, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. rdasilva

    rdasilva Adventurer

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    On recent rides, I had some other riders (who are not BMW experts) come up to me and say that the valves on my GS need adjusting. They would point to the sound from the engine and advise me to have the valves checked. I had the valves checked at 12K miles and was told that they were within spec. But now my bike is at almost 20K. I've uploaded a small video to YouTube that I recorded of my engine running. Can I please get the advice of other BMW GS riders?

    Here's the link to the video:

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    I appreciate any advice you can offer.

    Ride safe and ride often!
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  2. Desmofan

    Desmofan Been here awhile

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    They all do that :imaposer

    Seriously, they're noisy beasts, wear earplugs and enjoy!
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  3. RoundTrip

    RoundTrip Unintentional deerslayer

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    You may, but there is no reliable way to tell by ear. Wait until the 12k service and check them. You'll be ok in the meantime.

    -jeff
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  4. OldMotoGuySoCal

    OldMotoGuySoCal Returning Rider

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    Pull the valve covers and measure the valve lash, its easy to do. Get an instructional DVD from JVB Productions (an inmate here) and check them yourself.
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  5. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Inform your buddies they are not BMW mechanics and their ears are not feeler gauges. Measure valve lash properly and adjust accordingly.
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  6. Core10metal

    Core10metal Been here awhile

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    Get earplugs, check'em at 50,000 miles. They're rarely outa spec on the new bikes.
    But more fun...get JVB video and a couple a beers and check'em. Become more of an expert than your friends.
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  7. DMilan

    DMilan Been here awhile

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    ugh...
    my 2 LC didn't sound like that at idle.
    I'm a nutcase, but I wouldn't be at all happy with that.

    I've read that some LC develope a similar noise because the idle is too low and the decompression device is slightly active.
    Does the noise abate with higher RPM?
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  8. rdasilva

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    Hello DMilan,

    Thanks for your response. My LC doesn't make this noise at all at higher RPMs. I only hear it at idle.
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    DMilan Been here awhile

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  10. rdasilva

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    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Jeff speaks the truth!
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  12. rdasilva

    rdasilva Adventurer

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    I had them checked at 12K miles and they were okay at that time. I'm almost at 20K now.
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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Wait for the 24K. These rarely go out of spec, and when they do it is just a little.
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  14. sanaga

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    my bike now has 32k kilometer om odo...now sit in the dealer and has valve clearance adjustment....
    several new shim neede to change
    mine idle like ur bike IMG-20161219-WA0005.jpg IMG-20161219-WA0004.jpg ....
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  15. BMWBOB51

    BMWBOB51 Going slower, but bench race faster :)

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    At 36,000 my 2014 needed no shims!
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  16. GibbonsMonkey

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    That was my thread, and your noise is definitely different than my exhaust cam noise. Mine was an erratic bang. Yours sounds different for sure, and yours wouldn't have bothered me to be honest.
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  17. mudmonster

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    They seem to be quite noisy I wouldn't be too happy hearing that racket all the time
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  18. Carlo Muro

    Carlo Muro SupercĂ zzola

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    Yeah....when hot they sound like they are full of marbles. They all do it.
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  19. kadesean

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    I've seen cams lunched as early as the 6k service. At that service it isn't necessary to check the valves, but this bike was noisier than most. Puma case...blah, blah, blah. All new cams and followers (covered under warranty). This is an issue, I'm not sure how big of an issue. The bike this was on ran fine other than the excessive noise. There was 1/16-1/8th of an inch worn from the cam lobes leaving an nice ridge/edge.
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  20. rdasilva

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    Interesting…and timely. Thanks for posting the pics too.
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