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post #1 of 9 Old 05-21-2015, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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What is 'normal' oil burn on a KLR?

I have a 2006. I put a lot of miles on her doing 60-70 mph for most the rides I take her on... so I'm usually around 4-5,000rpm. I've got about 1,500miles on my current oil change and yesterday realized I was down a bit in the oil window. I put roughly a 1/4 a quart to bring it back to full. Is that 'normal' oil burn?

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The 2008/2009 KLRs had a well-known oil burning issue. Famous for it, in fact.

The dirty little secret is that all KLRs burn oil, especially above 5,000 rpm.

If your numbers are accurate, you'd go an oil change without the oil dropping out of view in the sight glass. You are burning at a third of a quart in a thousand miles. I'd find that acceptable. I'd be overjoyed if my 2009 burned at that rate.

Yes, I'd say it is normal. The smart thing to do is check your oil every time you get on the bike and every time you fuel up.

Some people will say "My engine doesn't use a drop of oil". This is not true, as all engines will consume some oil in operation. If they didn't, the rings would be scraping on the cylinder walls and you wouldn't make it to the corner store without engine failure. An excellent engine will not use a noticeable or appreciable amount of oil between oil changes. KLRs don't fall into that category.

Just keep an eye on it.

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Agreed. All the bikes I've had will use some oil IF I ride them in the upper RPMs. Some bikes do it way more than others though.

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Have ya' found that Tom and I are working on "exterior means" of reducing "oil consumption" with-in the KLR650?
http://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-wr...ch-ya-got.html
http://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-wr...ride-data.html
http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-...09-klr650.html

My "Elevated RPM" oil consumption experience, with the KLR650 dates back to April 1988.

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My 2003, with ~74,000 km's, varies. It seems to burn much mroe if its hot out than it does if it's cold or temperate.

If its hot, in a typical tank (running from full tank to empty (~400km's)) the oil will be at the bottom of the sightglass.

So far this season it has been cool out and the oil level in the sight glass is still at the full mark.

Not sure why it makes such a difference. I stopped using synthetic oil and switched to regular dead-dino oil because it was getting expensive having to top up so much in the summer.
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My 2003, with ~74,000 km's, varies. It seems to burn much mroe if its hot out than it does if it's cold or temperate.

If its hot, in a typical tank (running from full tank to empty (~400km's)) the oil will be at the bottom of the sightglass.

So far this season it has been cool out and the oil level in the sight glass is still at the full mark.

Not sure why it makes such a difference. I stopped using synthetic oil and switched to regular dead-dino oil because it was getting expensive having to top up so much in the summer.
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You might consider installing an oil volume restrictor orifice in the oil filter cap. Some of us are "experimenting".
As seen here, http://www.klrforum.com/1987-2007-wr...ya-got-42.html

We are all patiently waiting for Tom Schmitz to post more of his results from his experiments.
As seen here, http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-...09-klr650.html

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You might consider installing an oil volume restrictor orifice in the oil filter cap. Some of us are "experimenting".
As seen here,

We are all patiently waiting for Tom Schmitz to post more of his results from his experiments.
As seen here,
Might be something worthwhile to look into for sure... Thanks for those thread links.
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