I just went thru the first part of that page and i was like "let me get ready to spend money" cuz im definetely not tackling that myself, i barely like to do the oil changes. For some reason when it comes to bike i always screw something up or break something.
You need to check it at 16,000 miles and 32,000 miles. To be honest, your bike sounds normal, mine also sounds like that. Yes, on cold starts you can hear the valves happily clacking away.
Not sure on this, but I'm pretty sure if you're hearing those valves, that's a good sign, it's unlikely for them to go out of spec by increasing clearance, it's more likely to lose clearance. Going by the noise of the engine, you're fine.
yeh i was actually talking to a guy that has owned a few 600RR's and he said that one thing he noticed is that out of all the bikes hes owned in his life they were the ones that everytime he would take apart the bike to do the valve clearance it was always spot on. And he used to ride hard.
Well see, i dont want to do something not needed, i passed by the stealership today and they quoted me 400 including the whole job plus gasket. So i know my mechanic probably will do it for 250 or so. But i think i will wait.