KLR Miles: Check-in

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Nanuq, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. ineptizoid

    ineptizoid I'm scared hold me

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    Fried exhaust cam/bearing caps sure sounds like oil starvation, or poor oil quality. Yeah if the bike runs lean it'll run hot, but if yer using good oil and keeping it topped up it won't fry the cam...but low oil level will--quick, fast, and in a hurry. If you were running lean enough to experience engine failure, you'd likely have a hole in the piston.

    And as for the retarded design, lotsa Jap bikes don't use replaceable cam bearings, and still somehow manage to be reliable and long-lasting. Like Honda's air-cooled XR/XLs for example. Ya gotta keep oil in 'em though.:deal
  2. nukemm

    nukemm Been here awhile

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    Just 6000 miles on my 2009. I bought it in February with 2100 on it and have been gone for 4 months since then, and out of work for the last 2 months. My new commute will be 55 miles per day, so the miles will be going on a bit quicker... if the contract negotiations ever finish and I can finally start earning a paycheck!
  3. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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  4. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fartografist

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    2009 KLR 650 - current mileage 25,599 miles

    8,898 miles for this year's riding season.

    Couple years ago I made 10,000 in one season.
    Sorry I did not beat my current best high score this year, was busy with moving I guess :cry

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  5. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Just an FYI.

    The Honda RFVC head bikes ( XRL, XR, XL) have run roller bearing cams since 1983. The previous design ran the cam directly in the head material though.

    The Suzy DR650 runs the cam directly in the head material and I don't believe I've ever heard of a cam journal failure with one of them.
  6. Kbowling

    Kbowling Been here awhile

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    I currently have 34300 on my 09,but I sold my 02 with over 102k miles, both I bought new
  7. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    2009, put it away for the winter with 18315km on the odometer.
  8. tpar1220

    tpar1220 such a pud..

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    i bought my 07 new... just hit this mark last weekend.

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  9. Jake Mountain

    Jake Mountain Been here awhile

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    My 01 is just a pup at 18xxx. It's pretty cool to see all the big numbers some of these bikes go.
    But it never fails to amaze me that people still question doing the Doo just cuz theirs was OK when swapped. There have been so many documented Doo failures it's a must in my book.
    For the record mine had 12,000 on it when I bought it and did the Doo and the whole top of it was broken off. Thanks Eagle Mike for all the hard work you Doo :-)
  10. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Well done.:ricky

    But about your sig line.....you forgot Kieth Richards!:lol3
  11. Kbowling

    Kbowling Been here awhile

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    Congrats,but its still just a baby lol
  12. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    Bought a '00 in Oct of '99. Got it for daily transportation only. Sitting in the garage with 49,000 on the clock. All my doing.
    Starved for oil, probably the second most common catastrophic failure (doo the first). Can't blame lack of proper maintance on a bad design. You need to keep clean oil in it, they will last.

    Bad design? Chrysler did it with the die cast clant six blocks. Old Ford CVH heads ran the cam directly on the casting. It's actually not that bad. And it is fixible if it really needs to be fixed. Damage isn't that different is you spun a bearing insert. Do you want roller bearings that spit a bunch of steel needles throughout the engine when they come apart? How about a set of bolt in cam towers that never line up due to tolerance stack up? There is never a perfect fix. But as long as fresh oil is kept in the engine it is capable of running a very long time.
  13. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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    1998 KLR with 15k. I have three bikes so the miles get split up. I do have a question. First, I don't want to start an oil thread, and I don't want to hi jack this mileage thread. I just need to know this, can I run Mobil 1 15w-50wt full synthetic in my KLR? Let me know, I just picked up 3 quarts last night to do an oil change. If not I'll take it back.
  14. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Controversial, I know, but . . . I'll go out on a limb! If your oil meets the API Service Codes and falls within the viscosity recommendations from this Generation 1 Owner's Manual page, I'd say: go for it!

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    Contrary opinions and advice welcomed.
  15. broncobowsher

    broncobowsher Long timer

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    The KLR isn't picky about oil. But remember the oil isn't just the engine, it also does the transmission and clutch. The clutch is why I change the oil often. The clutch is also why I have avoided synthetic oil. I have read enough that the synthetic oil changes the feel of the clutch enough that I am not interested in it.
  16. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Couldn't tell any signifcant functional difference in clutch operation between Rotella synthetic 5W-40 and petroleum-based 15W-40, myself, but that doesn't mean it's not there.

    The two lubricants may have different lubricities, and different engagement characteristics, but--I don't consider synthetic oil (within manufacturer's recommended specifications) necessarily harmful; YMMV!
  17. Al Goodwin

    Al Goodwin Long timer

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    61,000 on my '06 model that I bought new for $4600.

    Greatest value in motorcycles.

    And It's not led an easy life.....see please Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge thread. Anyway....I adjusted the valves at 42,000 miles, just because I thought thru might need attention. Intake tight, exhaust still in spec. I hope to get 100,00 before re-ringing.

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  18. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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    Ok, thanks guys for all your help. I'm going to use it and ride it. Done.

    Let us get back to our regularly scheduled "How many miles on your KLR" thread.

    So sorry about the thread drift , it felt like it was morphing into a full on hi-jack.

    My '98 KLR actually has 12,366 miles on it. I'll try to do better I promise..... :)
  19. Snypercell

    Snypercell Adventurer

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    2005 with 7k. Bought it last year with only 634 on it!!!
  20. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Score!

    Pics?