I've never heard of oil burning issues with the Gen I models. My 99 has never burned a drop of oil. The oil burning issues started with the Gen II models in 08, and the problem was rectified with the late 08 models. I don't believe there were oil burning issues with the 09 models. The change in models happened in 08, not 07. The 08 and newer models have a better lever, but the spring is slack and provides no tension. Regardless of what year KLR you get, do the doo!