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post #1 of 8 Old 06-05-2008, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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08 break-in and Issues

Hi there everyone, I recently got an 08. Have 90 miles and I'm starting to think twice about the new KLR, due to all the issues that are popping up. For the first time my bike didn't start on the first crank with full choke, took 4 cranks, 2-3 seconds each crank.

I'm wondering if the bikes with the starting and stalling troubles could be from improper break-in periods.

Except of course the melted wiring harness under the gas tank problem.

It runs fine with RPM's around 1300 in town and 1500 depending on the weather, but when I get off the freeway and come to a light its humming at 1500. I went to the dealer because I felt it was to high but he said that's about right.

Proper break in is under 4000 rpm for 600 miles, right?
How about the oil consumption?

Also, could someone please post a picture of the doohicky, I have no clue what that is on the bike.
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I have an 06 and hardly ever run under 2,000rpm. Heck, idle is roughly 1200rpm. The KLR sweet spot is 3,000rpm to 4,000rpm.
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The KLR should never be run under 2500 RPM's due to lugging which takes a toll on the piston and cylinder wall and crank. If it is chugging and making all sorts of noise, down shift and keep the RPM's up in the sweet spot of around 3K. Some people break their bikes in according to the factory suggestion, and then there are those of us, that prefer the method of ride it like you stole it for breaking in. But it is the initial 100 to 200 miles on the bike that the break in period is most critical. After that the point is moot.

Here is a link that shows the doohickey and the procedure for changing it. Not a very difficult thing to do, just time and patience and thouroughness are most important to doing it. We can usually do one in under an hour now. Took two hours the very first time with the help of Daddy Joe watching over our shoulders.
http://klr6500.tripod.com/doohickey.htm
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After reading the post again... I'm thinking he may have been talking about idle rpms. He just wasn't clear how he said it and it sounded like he was riding at those low RPMs. At least I hope that's the case.
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My stalling issue stemmed from crap that was in the carb. Took it to the dealer they cleaned it, and all is ok so far.

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After reading the post again... I'm thinking he may have been talking about idle rpms. He just wasn't clear how he said it and it sounded like he was riding at those low RPMs. At least I hope that's the case.
Wanderer, thanks for clearing that up, and sorry for the confusion.

What I meant to say was:
Proper break-in is running it at a max of 4,000 RPM's for the first 600 miles, right? If I'm moving, thats pretty much were the rpm's stay.
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The KLR should never be run under 2500 RPM's due to lugging which takes a toll on the piston and cylinder wall and crank. If it is chugging and making all sorts of noise, down shift and keep the RPM's up in the sweet spot of around 3K. Some people break their bikes in according to the factory suggestion, and then there are those of us, that prefer the method of ride it like you stole it for breaking in. But it is the initial 100 to 200 miles on the bike that the break in period is most critical. After that the point is moot.

Here is a link that shows the doohickey and the procedure for changing it. Not a very difficult thing to do, just time and patience and thouroughness are most important to doing it. We can usually do one in under an hour now. Took two hours the very first time with the help of Daddy Joe watching over our shoulders.
http://klr6500.tripod.com/doohickey.htm
Thanks for this DX, I finally know where my doohickey is
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It runs fine with RPM's around 1300 in town and 1500 depending on the weather, but when I get off the freeway and come to a light its humming at 1500. I went to the dealer because I felt it was to high but he said that's about right.
Another comment I need to correct. I meant to say:
It runs fine with RPM's around 1200-1500 when idling.
I went to the dealer because I felt it was idling too high, but he said 1200-1500 RPM's while in idle is where its supposed to be.

That should clear things up.
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