1985 VT500 Valve adjustment question?
I have a few bikes that I take care of for women friends of ours. This is one of them. She said a couple of times over the summer it did not seem to want to fire up when warm, but never left her stranded. I have it for the winter, battery tests good with a load tester. I asked if she ever uses the kill switch and she said no, I sort of suspect maybe that was corroded a bit? I started it a few times and got it warmed up and it fires up instantly every time for me, but probably not hot like it has been ridden.
We bought this bike used two years ago with 13,000 miles on it. Now has 17,000. The valves have not been adjusted since we have had it, and possibly not since new. I can do that with no issues but wanted to make sure it did not have the hydraulic adjusters like on the Nighthawks. I have done a few Magnas and suspect it is probably the same with the screw and adjuster type. I don't have a manual for it.
So, what am I looking at here for valve adjustments? Measurements would be great as well. .005 on both? It does not sound tappy at all, I suspect they might be too tight.
I'm thinking that if they are way out that might make it start better. Otherwise any ideas? I put new spark plugs in it last spring. I store for the winter, change oil and tires as needed, then they come and get it for the summer. Nice little bike, her first bike.
Last edited by Wstar425; 12-07-2010 at 07:25 PM.