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A once in a million thread topic: valves

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I am not going to lie, I havent checked my valves a single time since I bought my bike in november of '05. :applause:

Should I worry about it? My bike does take 4-5 good kicks to get going cold but only 1 kick when warm. What do ya'll think? Should I check them or not even worry about it?

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Yes, you should check them. No, you probably won't find anything that needs correcting. It's part of the regular inspections you should be doing as a responsible owner.

That reminds me.....

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Could the hard starting just be the fact that I havent changed the spark plug in a year???

Now that I think about it over the past year I havent done much of anything other than keep the airfilter clean and change the oil/oilfilter religiously.

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Could be, but hard cold starting, along with low perceived compression when cold, is also a sign of tight intakes.

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i havn't checked my valves since i bought my bike in jan 20 sumtin and it starts up first kick cold and warm. should i? bike runs good and sounds awsome. my friends 450 though needs a couple kicks to start cold/warm. he bought it used too

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I'm in the same boat with ya'll. I have put 55 hours on my bike (hour meter) since October. I haven't checked the valves yet, just regular oil and air filter changes. It starts 1-2 kicks everytime, hot or cold, and runs like a bat outa hell.

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