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post #11 of 23 Old 10-05-2011, 05:03 PM
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I shift at about 5000-5500, cruise at 4500 in normal operation.

(Somewhat evil cackle emanates from background)...

Sometimes I shift at about 7000-7500....

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I spend a lot of time @ 5K rpm which puts me just under an indicated 80. I don't go anywhere near the redline. Scares the KLR. And makes me buy too many replacement bolts.




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I think we just discovered the oil consumption issue...
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I think we just discovered the oil consumption issue...
Is yours using oil?

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I had a good time when I was young and my memory's not what it used to be, but I believe the KLR is the first DS bike I've had that even had a tachometer. Thus, the only time I ever paid any attention to it was during the break-in period.

I did watch it today and I generally tend to shift between 5000 and 5500 and at 75 indicated I'm running around 5100-5200. When not on the Interstate, I seem to usually be in the 4K range at around 60 or so.

Simply based on sound, feel, pull, etc. mine seems to be "perfect" around 3500 to 4000 rpms. I don't intentionally look at the tach to keep it there, but when it feels good and I look down, that's generally where it is. More or less.



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Yup. I have advocated before...new riders should should cover the tach in tape and learn how to shift by feel.

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I had a good time when I was young and my memory's not what it used to be, but I believe the KLR is the first DS bike I've had that even had a tachometer. Thus, the only time I ever paid any attention to it was during the break-in period.

I did watch it today and I generally tend to shift between 5000 and 5500 and at 75 indicated I'm running around 5100-5200. When not on the Interstate, I seem to usually be in the 4K range at around 60 or so.

Simply based on sound, feel, pull, etc. mine seems to be "perfect" around 3500 to 4000 rpms. I don't intentionally look at the tach to keep it there, but when it feels good and I look down, that's generally where it is. More or less.



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Mine, an '08, was a terrible oil burner. A 685 kit fixed that completely.

I hope that they've really gotten that issue behind them and that yours continues to not burn oil.

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Mine, an '08, was a terrible oil burner. A 685 kit fixed that completely.

I hope that they've really gotten that issue behind them and that yours continues to not burn oil.

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I hope so too, but from what i have read, my klr is a little premature for the oil burning phase (purchased in august and just rolled over 2k miles). I have also heard that many people tend to notice an increase in oil consumption when riding harder, as in more throttle and higher rpms, so hopefully my "economical" riding style will decrease future chances/amounts of oil consumption or maybe increase it if i really am lugging the motor (highly doubt it tho because i have driven/rode way too many miles using the same style without any issues except excellent fuel economy).
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You're in the wrong gear/rpm range if you can't open up the throttle without shifting down. 2k rpm is barely off idle. Shifting at 3K rpm puts you at about 17 horsepower.

Patman's KLR dyno page

To the OP keep the bike above 3k shift in the 5-6k range.
My other ride has 16 peak hp, 17 hp is prolly 4 times the output i get when i shift the tu250x (in 5th gear by 30 mph on flats, this thing you can really lug down without a single complaint from the engine).

My versys didnt like being under 2500 at all, running at 3k is like running the klr at 2k. My magna could drop down in the mid 1000s without a complaint, love that motor hate that riding position and performance (and it was one of the best handling cruisers out there lol)

I shift my car at 1600 rpm and never exceed that either, 60 mph at 1600 rpm in sixth.
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Hmmm

Well, it all depends on grade, traffic, destination & approach.

For example- I typically shift from 2800-3300 for 0 grade w/ no traffic and I'm easy on clutch & throttle.

Now, if it's hilly, lots of darting/dive bombing in traffic and posted speed is (say, 35 mph) I will keep it in third with RPMs rolling 3000 to 3800 for a whole slew of reasons.

That being said, I have always babied my machines never "winding them out" at start up or stopped at stop sign/lights. I know I shift my vehicles (all manual trans BTW) like a grandpa but that's cool with me. A little bit slower and easier on the machine. If it starts to knock or glug then I'm obviously to low. But personally speaking from experience with singles, I just don't like to wind them out too hard especially over 5k rpm.
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