Hi all, I'm currently in the search for a first bike. I will be buying used, and am looking in the 600cc range and considering all the popular choices out there, from the EX500, GSX600, GSF600, YZF600, CBR600, GSXr600, Honda 599, etc, etc, etc. I'm leaning more towards the sport tourers right now, as they are comfortable and yet still fast and nice looking, but usually have slightly lower power outputs stock. (if anyone has another recommendation of a bike I left out, please let me know as well) I will begin my "testing" of these bikes soon--mainly sitting on them all and seeing what is available used in my price range, and going from there. I will be using this as my daily driver for my 15 mile each way commute, but I will also like to go to the mountains and take some short trips on it.
My question though is on maintenance costs. I know many, if not all of these bikes require valve timing adjustments at certain intervals. Can anyone tell me if there is a standard interval for this service, what the price is like for the adjustments, if its possible to do yourself without taking too much time, etc? Is there a bike listed above, or similar, that does not require valve adjustments? Also, are there other maintenance issues a newbie should be aware of with any of these bikes? If someone could give me an estimate of what to expect to put into a bike on a yearly basis in maintenance that would help as well.
Thanks in advance!