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post #1 of 5 Old 06-17-2014, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Just bought my KLR650!

Hi everyone!

I'm Adam. I just picked up my 2008 KLR 650 yesterday. This forum was a huge help during the shopping period.

Really psyched on it, changed the oil this evening, lubed up the chain. 5,790 mi, it's in pretty good condition, doesn't seem to have been really been pushed. Bad news is the previous owner (I'm the 3rd) had it for 2 years, rode it <400mi in that time, and never even changed the oil, let alone anything else. At least it was stored inside.

It drained out about 1.5Qt, Pretty low. I know some 2008's have a reputation of guzzling oil, so I'll keep an eye on it. Changing the oil is pretty much the easiest thing to do on a motorcycle, I can't comprehend why someone would let it go for years.

Anyway, I intend on being pretty easy on it on the road and some light forest roads, for now, while I get used to the feel of it. I'll be even easier on it in the garage. I'm hoping lots of mechanical babying now will help me keep it for a long time, and maybe undo previous neglect. (wishful thinking I know)

A little about me, I've only been riding for about two years, just sold my 94 nighthawk 250 to make room for the KLR. I'm about 6'1", so the new seat height is a welcome change from being crunched on the little cruiser. I was debating getting a klx250s, but decided I'm more likely to spend time commuting and day trips than really using the off-road capabilities.

So thanks for all the advice so far, and let the flaming on my not examining the bike close enough before I bought begin! I know I deserve it.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-17-2014, 09:54 PM
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Congrats on the new-to-you KLR! Hope you enjoy yours as much as I'm enjoying mine. Sounds like you've already spent a little "getting to know you" time in the garage. Makes the ride more fun!

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-18-2014, 08:15 AM
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Welcome to the group cfal. Hope you have as much fun with the KLR as I do. I have an 2008 and yes they like to burn a little but mine like to drink it when I take long highway runs above 5500 rpms. I put on a 41 tooth rear sprocket to help bring down the rpms to 4500 for same speed and put in the Lucas additive with each oil change. The bike stopped burning it and now I no longer have to take extra oil in the pannier to top-up between fill-ups.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-18-2014, 09:07 AM
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Congratulations on the bike and welcome to the forum!
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