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post #1 of 16 Old 04-23-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Question I got a new KLR

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Twin Falls Idaho here . I got my first bike { KLR 650 2011 orange } .
I want an opinion on when to change the oil for the first time ? I am leaning towards 500 miles . I am new to all this stuff so any advice is better than my knowledge sofar. I am a plumber by trade so I can do this just want to do it right . Thanks in advanced
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-23-2012, 09:47 PM
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Jealous. I love the Orange color.

I would say your safe at 500 miles. 600 miles is standard. Wouldn't go over 1000 though.


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post #3 of 16 Old 04-23-2012, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks the owners manual is pretty vage when it comes to when .
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post #4 of 16 Old 04-23-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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I thaught the orange was cool to . Don`t see to many of that color out an about .
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-24-2012, 12:44 AM
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I like the orange. If it were mine I would change it immediately and then at 500 miles. Then at 1000. Then every 1.5-2K, but I plan to ride my KLR to 100K miles.

Make sure the oil is right at the top of the sight glass with the bike level.




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post #6 of 16 Old 04-24-2012, 04:29 AM
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Shane,
I too just picked up an orange 2011,,, I don't understand why it only seems to be orange leftovers,, I LIKE the orange color.

I just spent $700 at Twisted throttle,, on farkles for mine, (center stand, crash bars, lights, horn ect)

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post #7 of 16 Old 04-24-2012, 06:48 AM
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Welcome OrangeBud.

There's as many opinions as there are oil brands and weights.
I like 15w-40 to 20w-50. 10w 40 doesn't sit well with me and
thumper crank bearings.

Just keep it clean, topped off and go have some fun.
Most, me included switch out the oil twice in the first thousand mi.

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post #8 of 16 Old 04-24-2012, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks
I Will be changing again at 1000 also just because I am the one guy who read the whole manual with in the first hour ....BIG DORK ... I do want to reach the high miles and will be on top of the maintenence . I must confess I baught with out permission and am still asking for forgivness . { I am a grown ass man damit ...YES DEAR ... LOL }
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-24-2012, 08:23 PM
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I probably changed my oil 5 times in the first 1K miles. Oil is pretty cheap. My engine is pretty happy.




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post #10 of 16 Old 04-24-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks lockjaw
Now my OCD has gone into over drive about my oil ...
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