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post #1 of 10 Old 06-18-2008, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Burning Oil, or Do Bikes Normally Chew Threw It?

OK, so I just bought an 1987 KLR with only 6,500 miles on it. Went through and did all the "new owner" stuff such as chainging oil & filter, cleaning air filter and chain, etc. I put in the prescribed 2.5 quarts and the oil level window showed the amount of new oil as coming up to the bare minimum line. I rode for approximately 350 miles at approx 65 mph on the highway, and it was already down nearly 3/4's of a quart just to get it back to that same level. I don't blow out blue smoke, and I'm a complete motorcycle newbie, so I'm not sure if bikes just chew threw oil as part of their normal operation or if something is up with my bike. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-18-2008, 12:20 PM
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Mine doesnít!

I have an 08. I donít do a lot of highway riding but, itís been about 1500 miles since my last oil change and I routinely check the oil level. I have not needed to add any oil since my oil change.

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That sounds like unusually high useage. With those low miles on that age of bike, it may not have been ridden much recently. Hopefully, it's just a stuck ring or something else simple that will free up with a little exercise.
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OK, so I just bought an 1987 KLR with only 6,500 miles on it. Went through and did all the "new owner" stuff such as chainging oil & filter, cleaning air filter and chain, etc. I put in the prescribed 2.5 quarts and the oil level window showed the amount of new oil as coming up to the bare minimum line. I rode for approximately 350 miles at approx 65 mph on the highway, and it was already down nearly 3/4's of a quart just to get it back to that same level. I don't blow out blue smoke, and I'm a complete motorcycle newbie, so I'm not sure if bikes just chew threw oil as part of their normal operation or if something is up with my bike. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks!

When you added the oil, did you have the bike sitting upright and level? If not you need to find a way to have it level and upright then add the oil, till the oil in the window is at the very top of the window. 2.5qts should have been enough, but is hard to believe it is using that much so fast without smoking like a freight train when you get onto the accelorator.

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Yeah, it's really strange. Even after just doing the oil change, and having the bike upright and on level ground, the 2.5 quarts of oil barely creeped above the minimul level line in the oil window (I used 10w-30 Castrol full synthetic) while the bike was running (can't see it at all when it is turned off...it all goes into the oil pan I guess). I didn't want to add more oil than what was called for and risk blowing a ring or some other seal from having too much oil in the crank case, so I figured it was just some odd quirk for my bike.

After 350 miles of largely highway driving post-oil change (a little bit of it spent stuck in stop & go traffic), I never noticed any smoke when accelerating or anything. Only on a rare occaision did it do that when first starting the bike with the choke on, even then was minimal, but the engine was starting to sound unhappy as it was evidently binge drinking oil. It sounded fine though once I added what was lost.

As for the original oil I drained, it was exactly 2.5 quarts, and that was right at the minimum oil level line. Was there an odd production run in 1987 models that maybe required 3.0 quarts instead?
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I am using Castrol myself, but only using the 10W-40 oil. You might try going back to the 40 weight. The 30 weight might be too thin. Is just a theory.

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I had a 1998 and it used about slightly less than 1/2qt. in 750 miles with 23,000 miles on the machine and a history of oil use all through my ownership..
I traded for a 2008 last sept 07, part of the reason was the description of thinner rings and more sidewall pressure to help control oil consumption in the new literature.
No luck, the new bike with 5,000 miles is using a good 1/2qt. per 1000 miles at highway speeds on my last 2300 mi trip (used about 1 1/4pt on this trip at highway speeds). 7300 miles on bike now, I went to dealer and Kawasaki on this issue seeking some resalution of what I think should be a warrenty issue and am being told this is acceptable.
HaHa, what planet is that on, are there other mfr. with this attatude.
This is a good bike and great updates in the 2008, I like the bike "but" Look hard at other bikes before you buy a new KLR. No matter what crap Kawasaki may tell you this is a pretty big issue and I'm surprised that Kawasaki has such an attatude. Great bike - BOO Kawasaki on this issue.
My bike was broke in "exactly" as recomended by owners manual, some folks suggest that a hard break-in is the better option. What do you think?
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post #8 of 10 Old 06-27-2008, 05:06 PM
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I have a 99 with 6000 mile. I changed it at the beginning of the summer when it had 5000. It is not down at all. I used Mobil one.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-28-2008, 08:12 AM
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You need to check the oil in the window when the bike is cold and perfectly level, if it is level the oil should be nearly at the top of the site glass, if it isn't then add more oil until it is, but be warned after you do an oil change the oil may be a little hard to see as it's now very clean. When the engine is running you usually cant see the oil as it's now being pumped around the engine and you won't get an accurate reading in the glass.
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-28-2008, 09:27 AM
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In my '07 I use maybe 250 to 300 mL of oil in 2000 miles. I change it at 3000 so no data beyond that. The bike has 6800 miles on it now.
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