Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Indianapolis, IN
A Few Metal Shavings in Oil / 03 KLR 9,000 miles
Greetings KLR sages,
Changed my oil for the first time this year on my KLR (03 with 9000 miles). I let the bike run (idle) long enough to get up mid-way on the temp gauge and then drained the oil while the bike was still fairly warm.
Before disposing of oil, I noticed a few very small (like mid-size grains of sand) metal shavings in it. If I had gotten real serious and counted there might have been 15 or 20. There were no shavings that I could see in the filter. I was not smart enough to see if the shavings were magnetic or not.
The bike starts, idles, runs just fine. The only oddity I can think of is that I occasionally find a false 2nd gear. This happens when I downshift very gently and does not happen if I downshift normally with a sharp, but not overly aggressive, motion. Connection? I don't know.
Other details: Oil was 5w 30 Mobil1 full synthetic. I do ride the bike fairly hard. I commute through mid to downtown Indianapolis. Lot of shifting, accelerating, etc.
Think I should be concerned? My plan at this point is to change the oil again in about 500 miles and see how it looks. But if some of you folks who know more than I (which wouldn't take much..) think I need to take a look at the crankcase basket filter I will do it.
Appreciate the expertise.