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post #1 of 18 Old 03-26-2012, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Does the 2009 KLR tend to burn oil?

I know I'm not the first one to ask this question. I have had 3 KLRs, 1998, 2000, and a 2004. I never had any oil burning issues. I am finally thinking about stepping up to the new generation KLR. I am looking at a 2009 with 7,800 miles. The owner of course claims it doesn't burn any oil and he said he rode 80 and 85 mph to work everyday. I have heard they don't start burning oil until after 10,000 miles. Did Kawasaki solve the oil burning issue. Should I be looking for the older generation KLR? Someone give me some insight.

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post #2 of 18 Old 03-26-2012, 11:55 PM
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my 09 on occasion burns oil but not enough to worry about. i change oil every 3k and in that time if im running a lot of highways i might have to put in 1/4 of a quart if any at all.

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That makes me feel a little better. How many miles does yours have on it?

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Have you had one of the older generation KLRs? If so, how does your 09 compare to the older ones?

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nope, sorry. bought my 09 off the floor in april of 10 first bike. first bike i ever rode was a 42 flat head with a suicide shift. compared to that its an alien spaceship if that helps any :-)

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Cool. I appreciate your input. I think I'm going to go for it. I don't see how Kawasaki can mess up the KLR. It's been going strong for 25 years. I've enjoyed every KLR I've owned.

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im sure you'll like this one too. really the only thing changed seems to be cosmetics, headlights, and the rear brake line(how it snakes around instead of going straght in) other than that its the same machine.

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Its been my experience ANY year KLR *can* be an oil burner.

I have a 2007.....burns about 1 qt every 1000 to 1500 miles. The bike had 7K on it when I bought it.

This is supposed to be one of the "old" KLRs that are not known to be oil burners.

.....the 09 is known as a higher then likely to be an oil burner.

Of course every bike is ridden different, maintained and broken in different and so each bike must be evaluated as such.

......even if it does burn some oil.....stills a damn good bike, just keep an eye on it.
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Its been my experience ANY year KLR *can* be an oil burner.

I have a 2007.....burns about 1 qt every 1000 to 1500 miles. The bike had 7K on it when I bought it.

This is supposed to be one of the "old" KLRs that are not known to be oil burners.

.....the 09 is known as a higher then likely to be an oil burner.

Of course every bike is ridden different, maintained and broken in different and so each bike must be evaluated as such.

......even if it does burn some oil.....stills a damn good bike, just keep an eye on it.
The later 09s have a new piston ring tension and shape. This makes oil burning less likely.
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