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Maintenance All I've done so far to the Duc are oil change

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Bled the brake and clutch lines cleaned/lube the chain and changed a set of tires. It's currently in the shop for a new DID 520 chain. I was gonna tackle this myself but the shop is only charging me $30 to change it out. I've read that valve adjustments are supposed to be done fairly often (every 2500 miles?). I'm sure a shop would charge an arm and a leg for a jobber like that. After bleeding the clutch fluid the clutch is much more springy, but I swear it catches later than before I bled it. I heard that on Japanese bikes, after changing the oil, clutches sometimes slip because of the brand of oil used. However, I know that our bikes have dry clutches, so the oil change didn't have an effect on the clutch. Any idea on what this could be? Maybe I wasn't supposed to do (bleed) it? The bike has 11k miles and I only ride street (mainly spirited canyon/mountain), no track. When should the timing(?) belts be changed? What is the best manual to get when it comes to servicing and maintenance. Are those CDs on ebay any good/useful? I'd really like to make the valve adjustments ASAP. The headlights on this bike is by far the worst that I've seen. I can barely see 30-40 feet in front of me. Is there a way to adjust these headlights? Better yet, is it possible to upgrade to HIDs? I'm not sure if the housing and lens can handle the extra heat, or if the lens has an optimal design for an HID bulb. As for the tail lights, they just way too outdated. I'd like to upgrade to sometype of LED system. I saw the group buy post and I would have to say the LEDs are still too expensive. When I get a chance, I'll try to make my own LED board. Oh, one last thing, would anyone here happen to know whether or not an 01 749 and the 02 749 has the exact same motor? The manuals on Ebay say that they're only compatible with the 01. Sorry for the long post, I'll try to keep it short next time. Thanks for any info that anyone can give me.,To answer a few questions. Valvecheck: every 6.000 miles Cambelts change: every 12.000 miles OR every 2 years (whatever comes first) Clutch: You may have gotten some air in it.. they are a bit tricky. Check your slavecylinder (buy your left foot). LED:s There is a groupbuy on the board right now.. check it out. VERY good quality. HID´s Some like it, some don´t.. Just remember that the stock buld is a cross axis H3, not a lenght axis H1.,,,

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