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post #1 of 5 Old 07-15-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Vermont!

Hey all,
I'm a newb (to the forum, the klr, and motorbikes) from Vermont. Just started riding two months ago, learning on my friends bmw g450x. Took the MSF class (they set me up on a suzuki dr200 for the class!) and got my license. Bought a '09 KLR two weeks ago w/ 3000 miles on it. I've put a bit over 1000 on it since then. A bit sad cause it seems to burn oil probably 1.5 quarts in 1000 miles, I think mostly when riding 75-85mph and/or being heavy on the throttle trying to keep up with my best friend on his 1200gs. Haha, that's a lost cause.
Anyways, besides being a bit worried about the oil and in desperate need of a new rear tire, I love the bike. Seems like a great value and a great combination of different traits I wanted. I have a lot to learn about bikes though, I've done a bit of wrenching on cars, but I feel kinda clueless with the bike. Worried about stories of bolts just coming out randomly cause the bike vibrates a lot. Guess I need to get friendly with loctite. Anyways, pretty psyched, the bike seems like the perfect bike for Vermont, with all our awesome back roads, both dirt and paved, and more rugged class 4 roads and trails. Now I just need to quite my job and ride to south america, right?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-15-2013, 01:29 PM
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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.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-15-2013, 03:05 PM
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Where in VT? I am in Rockingham and keep up well with GS1200's. Rarely trying to hit 75-80 though. If you want to go that fast and cut your oil loss I suggest going up to a 16t counter sprocket. I have a 15 and 16 and swap them depending on the riding I am doing You will learn a lot here and the 5K RPM datum for oil burning is right on as is a tooth up to give you 6th gear.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-15-2013, 10:28 PM
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-15-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I'm from Berlin, VT. Just outside of montpelier. I'll have to look into the sprocket, I'm guessing for the kind of riding I seem to be doing that might make sense.
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