I got an 04 too & all is OK! The 12000 mi is a reference pt. If its not clicking like a mombo beat- it aint broke! DONT FIX IT!! Mine runs better than ever. I feel 03-06 were the best years made on the Bonne. Hold on to it!!
He seems like a top mechanic, tells you the bike has hydraulic valves (you haven't) but then quotes you for checking them.I called a local motorcycle mechanic and inquired about having my Bonnie's valve clearances checked. He told me over the phone that these bikes have hydraulic valves, something I hadn't heard as yet. He wanted $400 to check them. Needless to say, I haven't called him back, I'll tackle this myself; at 8,500 on my '02 and slight ticking, all seems well, so I'm not worried.
Thanks! that makes a lot of sense. the valves are probably just getting seated right? so the clearance would slowly decrease over time until the valves are fully seated (maybe around the 12000 miles). great news! i'll put it back and ride a few thousand miles before checking again.Valves tighten over time, so they decrease, loose valves are happy valves. Gaps on the larger side aren't really a concern if close to spec.