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post #1 of 14 Old 04-09-2007, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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650 oil hog

I have a klr with 1200 miles on it an has used 1 1/2 quarts of oil and gets 30 mpg. Any thoughts on this?
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post #2 of 14 Old 04-09-2007, 01:09 AM
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What year is it?
What kind of oil you using?
What kind of gas are you using?
Have you done any mods to it?
Does it leak any oil?
Does it smoke?
The poor gas milage sounds like it could be a hole in the diaphram on the slide in the carb.

KLR s are known to use a couple onces of oil at high speeds, but nothing like you are saying. If it is a new bike I would take it back to the dealer.

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Thanks DJ for the resonse. The bike is an 07,oil is Delo 400 15/40, gas is 92 octane. I turned the low speed mixture out anothe 3/4 turn.. No leaks and I haven't noticed smoke. I didn't get the additional warrenty, so am I going to get hosed on this? I have had the bike about 2 months. I also don't know if this will post, as I usually get the window saying I am not logged in. ThANKS sTEVE
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Steve:
An 07 has a 1 year warranty. The book calls for 87 octane gas, your wasting $$ on the 92.
Are you sure the choke isn't staying on while your riding? Check it at the carb, and on the handle bars. I am pretty sure that could cause both of your problems.

As for the adjustment on the carb, have you removed to cap that covers the adjusting screw on the bottom of the carb? I think if you do a search on this site you can find the directions. If you can't send me an e-mail at [email protected]tmail.com and I will send you some mods.

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Thanks for that. Yes I removed the plug when I did the 500 mile valve adjust. The bike started out at 60mpg and slowly went down hill. I will check out the choke at the carb. This is my first KLR 650 so there are lots of new things to learn. Thanks again Steve
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Well I'm back again. The choke seems to be in order. I pulled the tank for a good view. I suppose something inside the carb could be amiss but I wasn't ready for that. I get the impression that the standard warranty on the bike doesn't cover much. I guess the next step is to find out. It's just that I have never had a new Japenese bike that ever needed a warranty, that is why I didn't buy one.
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The warranty is a waste "most of the time", but the oil consumption is something that isn't right or good.
Try turning the adjustment screw in all the way,( not too tight it can damage it) and then turn it out 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 turns.
Check close at the choke where it goes into the carb, a lot of people mess up the cheap plastic fitting when they rotate the carb to drill the plug.

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Yeah, Thats why I took the tank off..... the elbow and boot seem fine. I checked the mix screw and it was still at about 2 1/8 out. The strange thing is I can usually tell an oil burning engine by the smell. Not a clue... The exhaust isn't sloppy either. Tomorrow I will pull the plug, forgot to . The first 500 miles 1/2 qt, seemed acceptable. But the past 6-700 another qt.....
Well Joe you have been a big help Steve
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Steve:
Thinking about this oil consumption, 1 1/2 qts in 1200 miles, I have to think you are making a mistake somewhere. No smoke, none leaking, it has to be going somewhere.

Are you checcking the oil with the bike in the same position all the time? Do you have a friend that likes to play games? Is someone putting a straw in there and drinking your oil?

I would change the oil and filter, put 2 1/2 quarts back in there, and keep an eye on it. I have 30,000 + miles on my 04, I change the oil between 1500 and 2000 miles and have never added any between changes. I very rearly even check the oil anymore, just change it at 1500.

On the gas you could be getting bad gas causing the drop in MPG. Do you buy your gas at the same station every time?
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I hear you Joe! Its like the twilight zone. Yes the oil is checked in the same way each time and no I can't buy gas at the same place because I run out before I can get back..... Steve
OH and the bike is locked in the shop each night so the oil thieves are foiled.
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