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post #1 of 30 Old 10-15-2012, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Second oil change

So I have a 2012 klr. And in the book it says to do the second oil change at 6500 miles that seems like a heak of a lot.
So my ? To you guys is do I go with the book or do it sooner. my klr has 1600 miles on it now . Thanks for the help!
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I changed the oil pretty much immediately when I got the bike new. Then at 100 miles. Then less anally. But god, yes, change it soon. The Manual is....optimistic. I change mine every 1-2K.




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i change mine according to the type of riding i do and season . if i ride alot of soft silt fire roads or long slab riding at high pms i change it out after each ride .. Last week i rode from colorado springs to Dallas tx at 80 mph whole way and 90 plus degrees .. when i returned i changed it out ..

but if im commuting during week at 45-50 mph with no gear ill swap it out at 2500 miles .. 2 quarts wont hurt me on family budget right now . plus i love tinkering with my bike .

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Yeah, another oil thread.

Using Rotella T I change mine once a season, in the fall. Average season of riding is 6 - 8k km.

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3,000 is my number...miles that is. By that time, I've already burned and replaced a quart...maybe two, but I go ahead and change it anyhow...filter, too.

Maybe I'm changing too often?? At an interval of 3,000, the average effective age of my oil is only 2,000 miles. But the filter needs changing anyhow, so I just do it all.
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Yeah, another oil thread.

Using Rotella T I change mine once a season, in the fall. Average season of riding is 6 - 8k km.
Yup, mee too. Don'y need to waste the dead Dinosaurs. I change the oil on everything I own at 5K. This is not your grandfathers oil anymore. Besides division by the 5,000 is much easier to remember than 6,500 or 7,500 or 12,500.
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Thanks guys for the help.

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2008 bike - at new I broke in the engine carefully (old school way) by variable throttle riding, short stints, allowing the engine to cool between rides. First couple hours roll on full throttle from 3000rpm then full off, a lot. I used Castrol GT 10/40 non synthetic motorcycle oil. During this break in I change oil & filter the first time at maybe 60 miles (100km) then at something like 250 or 300 km then at maybe around 1000km. The first change had lots of debris in the filter (paint flakes, some bright material), the 2nd change still some but much less, and by the third change the filter was quite clean. Lots of variable rpm. No steady cruising, no rpm over 4000 till about 1000 miles ( 1600 km) then increase to 5000 rpm. Somewhere around 3000 km? or so I switched to Amsoil 10/40 Motorcycle Synthetic.
Bike has 16000 km now (10,000 miles) and does not use oil. I change oil and filter around 4000-5000km intervals and recycle all my drained oils for re-refining.
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Just as I do for every new oil thread, remember to pull the metal tube out of the old filter and install it in the new filter before putting it in the bike..

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This is not your grandfathers oil anymore.
Maybe not, but the filtration system on this bike is almost old enough to be a grandfather.. It hasn't changed since the first KLR 600.. It's your bike and you're welcome to do as you wish..

I change out the Rotella 15w-40 every 2500 miles.. Easy to remember at 20,000, 22,500, 25,000... As far as the second change.. I'd do the first at 500, second at 2500, etc..

Again, it's your bike and you can and should do what you want... New bike?? I like to get the break in filings out of it..
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Easy to remember if you have one bike, Dan. I could never keep it straight with your stable.




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