Which KLR650's Have the Oil Consumption Problem?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by SpeedIsMyNeed, Dec 28, 2010.

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Which one are you / do you know to be true?

  1. My 2008 KLR650 has oil consumption problems

  2. My 2009 KLR650 has oil consumption problems

  3. My 2008 KLR650 DOES NOT HAVE oil consumption problems

  4. My 2009 KLR650 DOES NOT HAVE oil consumption problems

  5. My 2007 or earlier has oil consumption problems

  6. My 2007 or earlier DOES NOT HAVE oil consumption problems

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  1. SpeedIsMyNeed

    SpeedIsMyNeed O' Wise One

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    I am under the impression that (some?) newer KLR's have an oil consumption problem during highway (high rpm) travel. The dealers I've been to of course dismiss it as being some fairytale, while I have seen all over the internet problems arising from heavy oil consumption.:eek1

    So whats the answer? Please chime in to help with my bike decision in the spring. Lets sort through this internet mess of lies and truths.:deal

    Thanks:clap
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  2. SpeedIsMyNeed

    SpeedIsMyNeed O' Wise One

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    And for the last selection, its 2007 also instead of 200. :D
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  3. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    The 2008's are more prone to become oil drinkers.

    My 2004 did as well, but that's more due to valve seals and a burnt exhaust valve.

    I put about 47,000 kilometres on the bike before I had to worry about hauling a litre of oil with me on long trips. The best part is I never had to change the oil. :p

    Oil burning can be fixed with the Schnitz racing 685 kit, and that will set you back around $400 if you tear apart the motor yourself to farm out the jug for a rebore.
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  4. Trooper

    Trooper Been here awhile

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    I have two 09 KLR's, one for me and one for the wife. Both bought new and have nearly identical millage. Last year about this time, a few friends and I spent three days running around the Eastern Sierra's and into Death Valley etc. The total trip covered approximately 900 miles with max speeds of about 70mph. I had heard of the potential oil burning so I carried a quart of oil along "just in case" and never used it. Once home, I managed to squeeze in 4oz to get it back up to the full mark. I do not consider this excessive oil consumption and to be honest, I don't know if the oil level was up to the full mark when I left on the trip in the first place. Since then, the oil level doesn't seem to change during my normal riding. The wife's bike however does seem to use a little, 8oz in 1800 miles. Not a lot but some. I have been monitoring her bike and have come to the conclusion that if I leave the oil level half way between the low and full marks, the oil consumption stops. This engine just isn't happy with that extra 8oz of oil in the crank case. It must cause just enough extra crank case pressure to push it passed the rings and into the combustion chamber. The little black oil film stops appearing on the rear fender as well. Every engine is a little different from the next and each has it's own quirks. I will say however I don't think either of my KLR's have an oil consumption problem.
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  5. raycam01_au

    raycam01_au Sir Ray!

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    i have a 1988 with no issues at all, and i have a 2008 with no issues at all :)


    happy as :)
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  6. okiebuckout

    okiebuckout Dirt Diver

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    My 09 seems to burn some. It has 2800 miles, the last 1700 put on by me. It will go below the site window if I do not watch it. The rear fender does seem to have a lot of black on it too.
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  7. SpeedIsMyNeed

    SpeedIsMyNeed O' Wise One

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    Yeah, I have been looking a lot into it as my next bike, but I always hear there oil burning problems. Because of it, I have been looking at an 07 or an 06. I ride 95% highway and I can't have a problem like that.:cry
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  8. Durden

    Durden Freak!

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    My 2003 was fine when riding trails or around town, however, once I opened it up on the highway it guzzled the oil, usually needed a liter every 2 tanks of gas when going over 110.
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  9. NDTransplant

    NDTransplant Been here awhile

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    Had a 2009, very definitely an oil burner.
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  10. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    My '09 seems to increase oil consumption with extended high rpm freeway riding, say 5k rpm and above for long periods, say 100 miles plus. During my more "normal" riding routine of mixed riding the consumption goes way down.

    I'm running Motul 300v 15-50w full synthetic oil.
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  11. nuckin_futs

    nuckin_futs Adventurer

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    My 03 does not use oil no matter how i ride it, I also had a 08 that i broke in the way i was going to ride it (not the kawi. way) and it never used oil. I used Rottalla 15w40 in both of them. :thumbup
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  12. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    I broke mine in aggressively, and I think it uses less than some of the other guys I ride with, but it still goes through the juice when I do long freeway rides at a consistent 70-75+ mph. At lower speeds it's not much of an issue.
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  13. mikejet

    mikejet KlrKid

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    I have an "08" with 5,000 miles, highway, offroad, etc. I road from NJ to upstate NY doing 65-80 mph. Not a drop.
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  14. Crazy Carl

    Crazy Carl Drank the Kool-Aid

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    I have a box stock 2009 with 8000 miles on it. I am burning about a quart of oil per two tanks of gas. It varies a lot by my riding. I ride my KLR VERY aggressively. It's seen snowy single track and Infineon Raceway all in the same week.
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  15. Tukata

    Tukata ADV Demo Rider

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    High rpm on those def will let a little past the rings

    What about an XR650 or DR650?
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  16. invicta1

    invicta1 Been here awhile

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    My 09 no burn oil. But, no highway riding, at least yet, either. Gravel roads, some time and country roads. But no oil use.
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  17. GSequoia

    GSequoia Where are my tools?

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    My 2005 with 8000 miles gets a bit thirsty if I run it a lot at 70 - 75 highway.

    Speaking of I'd better check that sight glass tomorrow.
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  18. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    My 05 uses a lot of oil. The funny thing is though, that the more it uses the better it seems to run.

    Example last week I enterd in a beach race event, total 94 km including the short ride their and back. Total oil use about 800 mls.

    Mind you the max revs achieved during the race according to the vapor unit was 8370rpm.:clap
    The guys I was racing with did not notice any blue smoke so I am buggered if I know where the oil goes.
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  19. kingrj

    kingrj Been here awhile

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    I bought a new '08 and put 20,000 miles on it. From the day I got it to the day I sold it it burned a quart every second tank of gas or about a quart every 400 miles.
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  20. JeffD

    JeffD Been here awhile

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    I would not consider 4oz in 900 or 8oz in 1800 miles consumption. I doubt any manufacturer would.
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