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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Nanuq, Feb 20, 2010.
Yea,i know,but still,6000
I'm not giving him advice,where in that post do you read about me giving him advice? "OBVIOUSLY" it didn't harm the bike,The point i was tryin' to make is i never heard of anyone going that far between oil changes on a KLR!!! You don't have to be a dick wad about it,if you were not being a dick then i'm sorry,disregard the last part of the post,if you were being a dick ,well then
Bought this beast Aug 2011 with 7500 on it for $1000. Mostly getting to work, but have also tasted dirt on some Colorado trails.
Here was my 2000 model's odo last month coming back home from the N. Georgia mountains:
She just keeps on truckin' and I reckon she's still got some good miles left in her. Oil consumption is the same as it has been for the last 7 yrs: 1/2 qt. every 1K miles if the revs stay under 5K. If ya run much above 5K for extended periods, she'll drink a full qt. every 1K.
I've run most all the diesel oils, Rotella/Delo/Delvac/Mystic/SuperTech, with change intervals at 2-3K. I adjusted the valves at 11K, checked 'em again at 20K, they hadn't moved at all so they haven't been checked since. Might check 'em again this winter.
The '07 Owner's Manual (page 60) lists the oil change interval as yearly, or 6000 miles (after break-in); no synthetic lubricant specified (or prohibited; just API service codes and viscosity recommendations).
Nothing wrong with changing the oil more frequently than the manufacturer recommends (as I do), IMHO, but I know of no specific maintenance issues from following the book. Each owner's call
I just never heard of anyone with a KLR going that far between changes,that was what i was getting at.
Re-reading my post it did come across a bit dickish. Not my intent. Sorry about that.
I'm impressed that anybody can get those miles out of a thumper, he's doing something right.
Mine is a 05 with just under 38 K, and running good.
No problem,that is the highest mile KLR that I know of and he got that many miles out of it and changed his oil every 6000 mi. i'm just really surprised.
Have a good one
I'm about 200 miles shy of 32,000 on my `02. I'm trying to get those miles in before the snow hits. Serious motorcycle OCD means I can't put it on the stand if the odo is not on a nice, round number.
I just added up the miles on my 06' travel bike (77000). The speedo cable broke long ago so I have to keep track of the miles with the GPS and a notebook.
She got a 685 kit back around 25k. Use full synthetic and change the oil and filter every 10000kms or 6200 miles. Uses virtually no oil between changes and still runs stronger than a field of garlic. Transmission still feels like brand new.
It's been a remarkably easy bike to own, very tough and well built machine.
The suspension's been overhauled a couple times and valves checked a couple of times.
Have added another 1K since this was taken a month ago
Just short 33,000 and looks like crap but still runs really well. the Cali sun is not good to plastic.
Just over 36,000 and still a daily ride, plan on riding it a lot farther.
My 1999 KLR has 62,000 miles with no engine work needed. I replaced the doo hickey (original was still fine) and changed a couple of valve shims, but that is it. It does not burn any oil, but it is rarely at highway speeds.
The biggest number I've personally seen on a KLR odo--this is Fireplug's bike, at "TreeFest" in Sneads FL earlier this year:
I have an 07 i bought new, now at 40K+ Runing full synthetic since first oil change, oil and filter change every 5K. Never needed to add oil between changes. I flog it in the woods, on the road down to Copper Canyon and back, up to Mt Washington a couple times. Flog on! She loves it
i have a 91 and 2001 both with about same mileage 33k both died same miserable death , ran lean ,got hot, fried exaust cam and bearing caps .. And you cannot just replace cam bearings you have throw away whole head ..because the caps and head are built as one unit and the caps do not use replaceable bearings what a retarded design ...
so instead of being able to adjust cam runout with a bigger sized bearing it has to be thrown away completely ... Thats retarded ...
Are you sure it didn't run low on oil, or ran the same oil too long? Why would they just "run lean" without other mods that were not re-jetted for?
Mine has about 30k on the clock. I bought it as a non running project bike.
The PO was a dickhead that never adjusted the valves. He didn't do the doo until it chunked it at 12k, fixed the doo, but never even cleaned the oil screen. He just rode it until it wouldn't run anymore. I got it and fixed it for not a lot of money. Oh yeah, he also cracked the frame too. I fixed that too.
It now runs like a champ. That motor and bike are really impressively tough. Considering what the PO did, it has no right to be alive right now.