Originally Posted by tyandresen
What is water cooling likely to do for maintenance intervals? Are valve checks/adjustments still going to be every 6k? If so I am thinking that folks concerned with frequency or ease of maintenance (as I am) may look at other bikes like the Super Tenere with 26k valve adjustment intervals.
Yamaha specifies 26k on all of its bikes. But note that Yamaha doesn't have some sort of super secret valve train technology that keeps valves in spec so much longer, they just think the bikes will run longer without needing a check.
Having had two yamahas (both sport bikes) that both had failed valves before 26k, I think that, were I ever to own one again, I'd check them as frequently as Honda or Suzuki would recommend for a similar machine. That's in the neighborhood of 12k