This isn't a question, nor is it a how-to, but I can write one up if there is demand for it. Of any of you Ducati blokes in Sydney are thinking of adjusting your valve clearances yourselves I'm happy to give you a hand with business end of the job. It is something you need about 4 hands to do. I've always been very mechanically inclined and worked on my own cars and when I decided to get a bike I did so with the intent of doing all the work on it myself, especially if its a Ducati. So the other day, knowing a valve clearance was well overdue, I pulled the valve covers off. I knew they would be well out of spec, and they were. By a lot. The openers were a little tight but not too bad, but the closers were way the f%#k out. The clearances on the closers are supposed to be extremely tight (0.00-0.02mm). Mine were, on average, around 0.15mm. The general consensus seems to be that changing the shims on a 2v Duc isn't really THAT bad. I have to say I disagree. At least for the first time around. It is extremely easy to f%#k something up like dropping a collet down an oil return or dropping a valve into a cylinder. But as long as you are meticulous and don't rush it you'll be okay. I removed all the shims and bagged them in labeled sandwich bags for each valve, got the piece of paper I wrote the clearance measurements on and took them down to Mike at Gowanloch Ducati (really top bloke). He measured all my old shims right in front of me and gave me the right size replacement shims and a few good tips. Also got a bag of new collets as some of the old ones were broken. Only charged me 60 bucks for everything. Putting it back together is where it becomes a c#%t of a job. Installing the closing shims is where you need 4 hands. But I eventually got them in and rechecked the clearances. A couple of them were somewhere between 0.00mm and 0.01mm and the other couple were somewhere between 0.01mm and 0.02mm. In other words, perfect. Put it back together yesterday arvo and it fired up first go and sounds a lot less clattery. Success. Now I might head out up to the Old Road and give it a bit of a workout if it doesn't start raining.