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    desmodromic love

    With everything I own there are plusses and negatives. I love this ride, but I spent over three hours doing a valve adjustment a couple nights ago and I'm not quite happy with it so I'm gonna pull it back apart and do it again without the timing belts this time. Since there are no valve springs you can check your adjustments by turning over the cam with your hands. I really do appreciate this system and love how it works/sounds, but it can be a pain in the ass! I also decided that its gonna get new belts while I'm there.

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    I'm sure the bike it self is just as fun to ride....but personally, as someone who's not super rich I say screw the crappy italian engines....gimme a silky smooth Japanese inline 4 (or twin)

    67,000 miles on my CB919; checked for the first time at 67k with no adjustment. Perfect clearance. Though the book calls for it every 16k. I bet the damn thing will do 250,000 miles before I worry about valves. All I do is change the damn oil and it keeps going....just as the legend says!

    Of course I never shift above 6k (too much low end power) and the bike is cruising a relaxed 3500 on the highway which is almost as slow as a car engine....so yeah the valves probably should be good forever with no engine racing.

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    I'm not sure on the monster but on my multi the belts should be changed when the valves are adjusted.
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    Ill NEVER have to adjust the valves on my sporty..........thats what lifters are for
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWROG View Post
    Ill NEVER have to adjust the valves on my sporty..........thats what lifters are for
    And that why it can only rev to like 6000 RPM and makes less than 70hp.
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    Back in the day there was a kid in the neighbourhood who had a Ducati 250 single - bright yellow cafe racer

    There wasn't one of us who wouldn't have given his eye teeth for that bike, and lived with all the other problems it came with - just because of the "Desmodronic" valve system ......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Sol View Post
    Of course I never shift above 6k (too much low end power)
    That is a shame. Like having a Ferrari and using it to go shopping.
    I know that the 919 iteration was tuned for low end torque, but still, the angry scream of an inline 4 sport bike near redline will always make my heart race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jb882 View Post
    And that why it can only rev to like 6000 RPM and makes less than 70hp.
    And 40 foot pounds of torque at idle And a 100 horse sporty is pretty easy to do actually. Ahhhhhh..........I just love the Harley hate on this forum
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    I had a 750 Super Sport. Nice bike and the exhaust note was awesome, stellar chassis, but the power was dismal by modern standards.... about 70 Horse. I traded it in on a R6. The extra 30 some horsepower was just what I needed. However I still miss that sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWROG View Post
    And 40 foot pounds of torque at idle And a 100 horse sporty is pretty easy to do actually. Ahhhhhh..........I just love the Harley hate on this forum
    TWROG YOUR 48 ROCKS. If I were to ever buy a sportster I would build it exactly like yours. The pipes are off the charts. Great job on that bike!!!

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