Thanks for the follow up, TJW. The discussion here will likely help others through the process, as well. I’m glad you accomplished the task, and I imagine you feel good about doing it yourself.
Just to let you know I've finally found the time to complete the maintenance.
It turns out that two problems knocked me sideways:
1) the February 2012 version of the Shop Manual incorrectly states to align the marks to the 'top notch' where it should read 'bottom notch' and
2) I didn't take into account that it takes 2 full revolutions of the flywheel for both cylinders to complete 1 full sequence.
Taking all of the above into account it suddenly all made sense and the rest of it was a doddle ...
Thank you very much everybody for all your kind help.
tl;dr Use the BOTTOM MARK in the camshaft inspection window
I think the inspection interval for the 2015 model and later is 16k miles. I was planning on looking at mine at 10k. I doubt they will be very much out of spec. I donít hear the valves at all at 7k.
'16/17 MY Helm Manual owner here confirming the service interval is indeed 16k miles for the valves. Amongst the best sub-$50 investments I've made in my bike. I think I got it for $35.
This thread is actually the one that convinced me to get the book, and eventually sign up for an account here.
Best 'how to guide' ever!! Thank you so much from London England. You should write a book - your writing is superb. I managed to do this correctly the 3rd time but only because of your excellent instructions. Brilliant :-)
but this one goes to 11.......
I'm no wizard when it comes to wrenching, but I sure do love doing it. Every job takes me a long time since I see it as a chance to perfect the gift of patience. I've learned to slow down and make sure I'm not missing something.
Having a guide like this, with just the right amount of hand-holding, but not too much: so good! No condescension: so good! Clear, concise, well illustrated and well described: so good!
Just did the job anticipating a trip in Canada starting Saturday. All went fine; three exhaust valves a smidgen too tight, one intake valve too loose. Now all in spec and running well. Another So Good!
Thanks for putting this out there for us. I appreciate your doing it, and for taking the time to do it well.
Much appreciated and, might I say, "So Good!"