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Old 02-21-2015, 08:57 AM   #1
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2009 KLR650 question

Hi,
I am going to buy a KLR650. I am possibly going to get a 2009. I have a friend who told me that there were(are) problems with the rings on 2009 and below bikes. I have found one I am interested in, and it does burn some oil. The owner sounds like a responsible guy and has maintained it. It has about 13K miles on it. My question is; does anyone out there have experience/knowledge about this issue? Any info would be appreciated!
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:00 AM   #2
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Hi,
I am going to buy a KLR650. I am possibly going to get a 2009. I have a friend who told me that there were(are) problems with the rings on 2009 and below bikes. I have found one I am interested in, and it does burn some oil. The owner sounds like a responsible guy and has maintained it. It has about 13K miles on it. My question is; does anyone out there have experience/knowledge about this issue? Any info would be appreciated!
You may have more replies in the "Thumper" section. People here will tell you the KLR would be a better bike with an extra cylinder ;-)
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:37 AM   #3
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I had a 2008 and yes it burned oil, about a quart every 500 miles. It's an annoyance really, the bike was still dead reliable.

From what I've researched all big bore singles burn oil, but the early remodeled KLRs were especially bad.

I would by that bike again in a heartbeat if the zombies came for me, but if i had the option for a later model for a few bucks more I would get that in hopes the oil issues was sorted out. I've heard mixed reviews though.
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:24 AM   #4
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I had a 2009 KLR and rode it to outback Australia and back.. some 3500 kilometres and the oil level dropped a fly Shit on the sight glass.

I carried a litre of extra oil and never used it.

All engines burn some oil.... if they didn't they would soon wear out.

KLR seem to burn oil if you keep the revs high... I just cruised around 90 - 100 km/h where I could.

Great bike.... miss mine still.
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Old 02-22-2015, 04:32 AM   #5
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It was about mid 2010 that the worse was addressed but even later models will burn some oil as the miles rack up. I've done 3 2013's this year. Big bore kits are cheap and resolve the issue completely. I bought an 08 simply because of the reputation of the early gen2....cheaper.
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Old 02-23-2015, 05:54 PM   #6
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KLRs aren't notorious for burning oil before 2008. I think the bad years were 2008-2013 iirc. Very few complaints before 2008, and very few complaints after 2013.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:21 PM   #7
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KLRs aren't notorious for burning oil before 2008. I think the bad years were 2008-2013 iirc. Very few complaints before 2008, and very few complaints after 2013.
2013 after....only because folks haven't put enough miles on them yet lol. I suspect this issue is primarily due to EPA requirements. In the auto world we are seeing many new cars burning oil as well. Engineer's I've spoken with state there is an EPA requirement at about 30-45 sec after the engine is started. Rings and ring landings had to be redesigned to conform but side issue became oil burning.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:32 AM   #8
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I have an 08 with 60,000 trouble free miles(ABSOLUTLY NO ISSUES) only uses oil if run over 5,000 RPM for an extended period of time, it's no big deal. I would buy another 08 without hesitation.
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I have an 08 with 60,000 trouble free miles(ABSOLUTLY NO ISSUES) only uses oil if run over 5,000 RPM for an extended period of time, it's no big deal. I would buy another 08 without hesitation.
What he said . I also have an 08. 36,000 miles. Only uses oil if run above 5,000 rpm on the highway. Keep it under 5000 and no oil burn.
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