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post #1 of 35 Old 08-19-2013, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Stalling after warming up

So after my KLR gets hot - usually after about 30 minutes of riding, the bike will cut out when I come to a stop. I can get it to restart if I hold the throttle wide open but I have to keep revving it so it won't cut out. If the bike is cold, it will run fine until it warms up.
Also, if I raise the idle to about 2k it will stay running but it's not happy.
Also, I don't know if its related, but this thing only has 1600 miles on it,
And when I checked the oil the other day, it was 2 qts low!
The only mod I have done to the bike is to change the main jet and drill out the slide but should be unrelated because I did that awhile ago and it was running great.
Also, I doubt the enricher is stuck on, because if I engage it, the bike dies immediately.
Any thoughts?
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If you open up the choke when it does that, does it fix the problem?
(seems odd as the choke is supposed to help when cold, but your symptoms seem like how it behaves when cold)
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If you open up the choke when it does that, does it fix the problem?
(seems odd as the choke is supposed to help when cold, but your symptoms seem like how it behaves when cold)
No, it kills the engine right away just like its supposed to.
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The bike should die if you slam the choke once it's running. I would look into gas cap vent (ride with it open, if it doesn't happen, that's it - although 30 mins is a long time). Then, I would pour a can of Seafoam in the gas tank and let it sit overnight.

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Put seafoam in today. I will try opening the tank tomorrow.
I think you may be on to something!
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So after my KLR gets hot - usually after about 30 minutes of riding, the bike will cut out when I come to a stop. I can get it to restart if I hold the throttle wide open but I have to keep revving it so it won't cut out. If the bike is cold, it will run fine until it warms up.
Also, if I raise the idle to about 2k it will stay running but it's not happy.
Also, I don't know if its related, but this thing only has 1600 miles on it,
And when I checked the oil the other day, it was 2 qts low!
The only mod I have done to the bike is to change the main jet and drill out the slide but should be unrelated because I did that awhile ago and it was running great.
Also, I doubt the enricher is stuck on, because if I engage it, the bike dies immediately.

Any thoughts?

2 quarts low really? It only holds 2.5 quarts. Did you check it with the bike level? If you ran it very far with only a half a quart of oil, bad things have happened to your motor.

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post #7 of 35 Old 08-20-2013, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hmmm.
How could a new engine possibly burn 2 qts of oil in 800 miles?
Sounds like it may be time to take it to a shop.
I ran it about 40 miles before I noticed my low oil situation, when it cut out the first time.
So what's the next step? Compression check?
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It was actually 1.4 quarts low now that I think about it.
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It was actually 1.4 quarts low now that I think about it.
When you checked your oil level, did you wait with the engine OFF for a long enough time for the oil to drain from its galleries to the sump?

When started, the engine oil level DISAPPEARS from the sight glass, as the oil is pumped from the sump throughout the engine, giving the appearance of low oil content. A true indication of oil content can only be obtained with the bike relatively level (as mentioned above), and with enough time for the oil to drain into the sump.

Your consumption rate (if accurately measured) appears astronomically high, to me; worse than any 2008 disaster I ever heard of. Did you check the oil level when you took delivery of the bike? Oil level might have been low from the start.
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I bought it with 600 miles. And changed the break in oil just under 800 miles. I check the sight glass regularly, except for this time of course.
And no, it was hot and had just finished stalling at a stoplight when I looked at it.
All the nearby gas station had was 10/30 so I put that in, rode the remaining 30 miles and changed the oil with rotella 15/40.
So to answer your question, no I did not wait before I checked the oil.
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