To the guys here who did their own break-in service...

rover100rich

Finally made it
Location
ireland
i did my 650 gt first service, valves too little clearance, spark plug gaps too small, chain alignment one section out, fork oil levels different, thats mass production maybe
 

It's Me Rz

Total noob
i didn't do mine till i had gotten the service manual, they were tight, but not zero clearance. did the chain adjustment @1000 just on the verge of needing to be adjusted. did a half turn on each, and it pulled about 1/2 the slack out.
 

IdahoRider

Getting there...
Location
Idaho
i did my 650 gt first service, valves too little clearance, spark plug gaps too small, chain alignment one section out, fork oil levels different, thats mass production maybe
Is there a way to check the fork oil levels or do you just have to drain them and compare the quantity?
 

Pressureangle

Getting there...
1st service went overdue, about 1200 miles. The valves were barely loose, only enough to adjust and test. On the Himalayan, the overhead roller cam eliminates most of the potential wear; if your valves are tight it's likely been that way from the factory. The only significant contributor would be the valves sinking which seems unlikely.
 

Stig57

Getting there...
Location
Wigan
It's normal for a brand new engine to need valve clearances changed @ 300 miles. If it happens frequently after that then you have a problem. Tighter means valve seat wear, slacker means either tappet screw loose or wear somewhere in the valve lift mechanism. Generally, valve clearances will need to be checked every 6k miles on the 350 which is a sight better than a Guzzi !
 

Roy Gavin

Well travelled
Fork oil level can be checked with one of the $20- suction pumps sold for draining car sumps from the top without removing the sump plug.
Probably best to suck as much old fluid as you can first, overfill and then drop the suction pipe down the correct level.
Whatever you consider that to be!
You can probably extend the remove invert intervals this way----!
My valve clearance held steady from 5000 to 35000 km, Motul 7100 oiI, best petrol the station has and rarely revved out beyond 5000 rpm.
 
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Over Yonder

Getting there...
Location
USA
I did my 300 mile service a couple of days ago. Other than realizing my drive chain was ridiculously loose my valves were about perfect. The intake was snug at .08mm and the exhaust was too tight for .018mm so I adjusted that. Super easy. Actually found it easier than my two Guzzis even with tank removal.
 
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