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Tapping valves after 500 mile service including valve adjustment on 2008 M50. Didn't do this first 500 miles. Are mechanics being too cautious?

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  • Paul Blessing May 11, 2010

    too cautious or too sloppy. I would talk to service manager first.

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I learned how to work on Triumph for the same reason. Took it in for a tune-up ran better B4, so I spent the money and bought a shop manual, Bikes are very easy to work on just have to read the directions a couple of times. To get it clear in your head. It can be a lot of fun.

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