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post #1 of 8 Old 09-28-2015, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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fuel mileage? ?

/What kind of fuel mileage are you guy's getting? I've got an 07 KLR 650, and I'm only getting about 37mpg.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-29-2015, 04:05 AM
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I get around 45.



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post #3 of 8 Old 09-29-2015, 05:22 AM
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I usually get about 50 although on different roads I can get 45 to 55.

I'm rarely on freeways, those are usually deserted rural freeways where I can go my own pace (without a windshield). I seem to get mid-40s although it's been a while since I used a whole tank on freeways.

If you use freeways in Tucson and if Tucson traffic is fast and close, then 37 could be about right. Even 2-lane roads in the west are typically faster than the narrow 2-lanes here in the east.

There are a lot of other variables. If you think the KLR is underpowered, then you'll probably ride it harder than someone who thinks the KLR has adequate grunt.
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i have an 07 that i bought new and currently have 56,000 miles. no carb mods aside from drilling out cap for air/idle screw and backing it out a bit.

i get 52mpg under normal conditions and 57 just riding backroads taking it easy.

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-29-2015, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies, my 07 is all stock except for the air screw and 22 cent mod. I took out 1 of the shims, so I guess it's now the 11 cent mod, to see if it helps. I'm really surprised I'm only getting 37mpg. I was expecting a lot better. My old DR 650 got 55 all the time with many more mods.
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My '04 with a 15t sprocket gets 52-54 "highway" miles. tooling around on dirt roads it's 45+.
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Thanks for the replies, my 07 is all stock except for the air screw and 22 cent mod. I took out 1 of the shims, so I guess it's now the 11 cent mod, to see if it helps. I'm really surprised I'm only getting 37mpg. I was expecting a lot better. My old DR 650 got 55 all the time with many more mods.
AZJEFFRO,
Can the lower run of your drive chain be lifted to just 'Touch' the rear tip of the rubber slider under the swingarm? If Not, loosen the adjusters until it Can! When one sets on a bike, the chain will 'tighten' due to swingarm arc.

Are your tire pressures set to 'at least 32 psi FRONT / 30 psi REAR?

Does your air box have any additional holes drilled into the top, aft of the battery, 4, 1" holes fit nicely between the left side and the right side. (Add air, instead of subtracting gas.)

I personally think that the second shim (11 cent mod) was 60 percent of your mileage problem.

I just rode 475 miles on Sunday, mpg's of 48-59, 1987 -A1. Yes, its not quite STOCK, but it is not FAR from it!
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Yes, the chain is good, and so are the tires. No on the air box holes. That is next. Once less shim didn't seem to affect performance any, hopefully it will help the mileage.
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