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post #1 of 9 Old 05-18-2012, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy oil leak at pipe below starter

I have an 09 KLR 650 with 500 miles that developed an oil leak at a small pipe that feeds off a banjo bolt just below the starter on the engine case. The bike has been in the shop for over a month. Service manager said the pipe was on back order. He also said another person brought one in for the same problem just a few days ago?? Any body have this issue? Luckily I have a back up bike (1000 V-strom "07")
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-19-2012, 05:31 PM
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Cagiva,
bad luck on that pipe. Just checked mine, no sign of any leaks at all.
I don't know anything about your local dealer but I have to say that to have the bike in the shop for over a month for one little pipe is ridiculous. Personally I wouldn't put up with it. I'd have the bike back, examine the part,and get a qualified mechanic to fix it. It's just a bit of pipe with a couple of fittings at each end, how hard can it be ?
But that's just me and I have the supreme advantage of having a next-door-neighbour (yes, we do spell it that way over here) who IS a qualified mechanic, is a good bloke (even if he is a smirking KTM rider) and has a workshop nearby.
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Iddy - funny about the KTM - I also have a 1999 KTM LC4 640 with 5,500 miles on it. I bought the KLR new 5/25/2011 and the warranty runs out next week. Service manager said the pipe had a pin hole in it. Once its out of warranty, I guess I'll be fixing things myself. I bought the bike thinking it was bullet proof, like often quoted. In retrospect should have put more miles on the bike before warranty ran out. 500 miles in one year is a little embarrassing.
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i can personally attest to how bullet proof the bike is. sounds like you got a crappy stock pipe. look it up online and order one. its time to get dirty. the bike is easy to work on.

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If it has spent as much time in the shop as you say, I'd insist the factory warranty be extended the same amount of time AT LEAST! If I'd spent more than a month without the bike, I'd thoroughly expect to be compensated in some respect. Might not go far at the dealership, but working your way up the food chain, eventually you'll get to someone who's time is worth more than your problem.
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Misfit - I believe it was the pipe above where you show oil pooling. It leads to a banjo bolt. It was under warranty so I don't know what it would cost to fix.
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I don't know anything about your local dealer but I have to say that to have the bike in the shop for over a month for one little pipe is ridiculous.
i know this is an oldish thread but i have to agree completely. i was shocked when i was doing my valves that the dealership doesn't stock shims or even gaskets but can kind of understand it. its cheaper for the dealership to have them delivered from kawi as needed and they can get them there in a couple days. BUT, my speedo cable failed last weekend, so i called first thing monday morning and ordered one, got the expected response "it'll be in wednesday or thursday". well when i checked friday, they said the part is on back order and kawi will not be receiving any until the middle of august. so there is not a replacement speedo cable for a second gen KLR in this entire country????

that is completely unacceptable, and i will be writing to kawasaki canada and letting them now exactly what i think of that. i know it wont do any good but it may help me feel a bit better about it.


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post #8 of 9 Old 07-20-2013, 02:09 PM
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i'm just going to run without the speedo for now, i've only had the bike for a couple months but i always pay attention to the relationship between RPM and the speedo.

if your looking for an alternate dash, check out the trail tech vapor. it uses a sensor mounted on the front brakes for speedo information.

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yes i believe it does work off a sensor mounted to the front brakes too. i would definitely check compatibility with the manufacturer before purchasing though.

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