Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Hi Mike -
It's a bit unusual for an '09 to be an oil burner, but not unheard of. Mine '09 was, and it underwent the factory repair which seems to be holding for now. Oil consumption on almost all the '08s and some of the '09s seemed to be a problem if the bike was run over 5000 rpm for extended periods. My '08 was so bad that it would use oil if I dreamed about riding it.
If you've got any warranty left, take it to a dealer and start a claim. What they'll do is fill the oil, seal the engine, and tell you to come back in a few hundred miles. They'll note the oil consumption and decide if it's warrantable. A good dealer can make a claim on a low mileage bike even though the time limit may be up. It's worth a try and is a pretty good test of how good a dealer you've got.
If it is warrantable they'll tear it apart and put in a slightly oversize piston and new set of rings after boring the cylinder out. There are mixed reviews on weather or not the factory fix actually works or not.
And yes, some say that KLR means "Keep LocTite Ready", so use LocTite and develop a routine for checking them for proper torque. Check especially the sub-frame bolts and the foot peg bolts.
Check your oil every time you gas up. The bottom end of the engine is tough as nails and will make it through a low oil episode, but the top will be come starved for oil and ruin the cam bearings. They are not repairable and a replacement head is expensive.
Oil is cheap, use it liberally. Carry a fuel bottle full of the stuff at all times.
Enjoy, and welcome to the forum.
Tom [email protected]
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Last edited by Tom Schmitz; 07-15-2013 at 01:34 PM.