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post #1 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 07:05 AM Thread Starter
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Should I take my KLR to 1st service?

Yea...my 2015 klr has 1,340 miles on it. Suppose to take it to service first 1,000. Do i have to do it or just wait to 3,000 miles? The dealer i got is from is 1hr and 30min away...do i take it stone cold over there or can i just ride it there? Plus what do i do to avoid doohicky on my 2015 klr?

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post #2 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 07:25 AM
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The first service is 600 miles (1,000 kilometers). The initial maintenance steps are in the owners manual. Many owners opt to do (and document) the procedures themselves, but let your comfort level dictate what you do. You really need to get that slug of factory oil changed out along with the filter.

If I may suggest you take a peek at the air filter to see if its properly oiled. It's not a procedure in the initial maintenance; mine was dry as a bone when I took delivery. Also, a member here insists that the balancer chain tensioner adjustment should be done during the early miles. I think that's a reasonable (and easy enough) thing to do. That's your doo adjustment.

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Your call (dealer or do-it-yourself) first service.

I took mine to the dealer as insurance, i.e. proof, initial service responsibly performed in case of a future warranty claim.

Again, your call; wouldn't hesitate, myself, in riding the bike to the dealership if I chose that option.
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39 bikes so far; I've never had the dealer service even one of them once. Up to you but it's not exactly rocket science nor is it required for warranty reasons (keep your reciepts)

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Up to you but it's not exactly rocket science nor is it required for warranty reasons (keep your reciepts).
Not required, I think; however . . . bona fide dealer service removes a burden of proof from the warranty claimant, should such a claim ever be made.

Again, customer's call.
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I have found that if you document the maintenance of each repair or service with date and mileage the manufacturer will honor the warrantee claims. If it is a part failure, take that to a dealer so they can submit it and Kawasaki will replace the failed part.
Bill10 was right, that Kawasaki maintenance is setup for increments of 600 mi or 1,000km.
Looking at the owners manual under the Maintenance section you can see the regularly schedule maintenance items listed that will keep your KLR running in top shape.

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post #7 of 34 Old 05-28-2016, 02:12 PM
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My service manual paid for itself first time I used it.

The bike has never been inside of a shop in 7 years.
Runs perfect.

This site, Youtube, and a real manual are all you need.
(well, maybe a few tools) We'll walk you thru anything
ya get stuck on.

Basically an oil n' filter change, drivechain adjust, and check every exposed fastener.
Everything from handlebar clamps to shifter lever nut to frame bolts. Everything.
Most dealers change the oil and give it back to you. It'll be done more thoroughly
at home. We tend to pay closer attention as it's our life, not the techs' on the line.

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If the dealer doesn't provide the first service free, I certainly would not pay to have it done. Also, if I had to take it and leave it and make a return trip (6 hours), I would do it myself. Actually in my case I would still do it myself because I don't know the quality/experience of the guy they use for oil changes as compared to a service tech. The dealer has payroll, rent, insurance, taxes, etc, so he has to charge a price higher than your free labor.

You can't avoid the doohickey. It has to be in there. Gen1 owners manuals show a maintenance schedule the the doohickey. My gen2 manual doesn't mention the doo. I am sure someone with a gen1 manual will comment.

I recommend adjusting the doo at least every other oil change and every oil change is better. I just loosen the adjuster bolt 1 1/2 turns and tap on the end of the socket extension to jar any sticky parts loose and re-snug the bolt. DON'T TAKE THE ADJUSTER BOLT ALL THE WAY OUT, or some parts may fall out of place.

Within the first 10,000 miles, I suggest that you replace the doohickey with an aftermarket one with a torsion spring so you don't find your self with no spring tension to actually adjust the doo when you loosen the adjustment bolt.

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Depends on the relative skill level of you and your dealer's mechanic. Have the better of the two service your KLR.

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You're right, the balancer chain tensioner adjustment procedure isn't in the owner's manual. It's only in the service manual.

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