When is it time to check my valves?

I've read a lot on here about how the valves need to be checked as routine maintenence. It seems some bikes have more problems than others (that mystery thing). Are there symptoms I can watch/listen for that would tell me I need to check my valves? Will the engine run different? Less low end? etc. Rather not tear my bike down if I don't need to.

It will get hard to start. Its not that hard to check if they are in specs. I would make a habbit of checking them every once in a while.

Everyone has their own maintenance schedules. If you ride weekly I would check them every 2 mos. That is what I do and have had no problems.

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