And if anyone complains about adjusting ducati valves they should do a VTEC VFR800, they may be happy with them but just checking involves pulling all 4 cams twice....
and that's if they are all in spec!!!
Been there done that Ducvet,I own an '03. It's a very labor intensive procedure just to find out that nothing needs adjusting.
But its a Honda, you never have to adjust them!
Agreed. I've also got an '04 RC51 with over 42K miles on it and the valve clearances are still within spec.
FWIW Ducvet I installed a set 92mm FBF high comps and a set of ST2 cams in my '95. Got the cams many years ago brand new in the box from a friend of mine who works the parts counter at my local Ducati dealership. He had 3 carby 900SS's and was saving them for a build that he never got around to.
With the ST2 cams installed at about 3800 revs you can audibly hear the exhaust note change from a burbling thump to a tight focused throbbing thrum,kinda like a huge machine lathe at full song. As the tach needle sweeps past 4000 revs the engine immediately gets your attention and becomes noticeably livelier. It carries that power surge up to right about 7500 revs or so. That was with the stock airbox,stock 38mm Mikuni's,and long intakes still installed.
Coupla years later I installed a set of 41mm racked FCR's and with the increased throttle response that those carbs provided it just accentuated that power surge at 4K revs. Every one of my buddies who rode the bike mentioned it.
In my experience I think the best way to describe the ST2 cams is that below 4K revs you have a nice docile around town bike and after 4K revs you have this sort of angry bumble bee.
The engine power characteristics with the stock cams installed felt nothing like that.