Originally Posted by NewfoundlandLaw
..........I am picking up a new 2015 KLR 650 in dark grey on Tuesday in order to get it prepared for a 3500 KM Trans Labrador Hwy adventure in June 2016. ...............The only issue I haven't been able to settle is whether the new (2015) KLR's still have the oil burning issue that plagued the 08 and 09 bikes. Does anyone know?................
I recently returned from riding my 2011 KLR on the Manitoba and Saskatchewan prairie portions of the Trans-Canada Adventure Trail (TCAT) of which Newfoundland and Labrador are the eastern portions.
I had 1,000 miles on the oil when I left Houston, TX and changed it at 4,000 miles in Nipawin, Saskatchewan with about 700 of those miles on dirt and 3,300 on asphalt roads. I used 25 ounces of oil in that 4,000 miles.
After the oil change I rode another 700 miles of dirt and 2,300 miles of asphalt back home to Houston. In that 3,000 miles I used only 1 ounce of oil. On the asphalt roads both up and back I normally set my throttle lock at 5,000 rpm which is about 70 mph.
I also have a 2008 which I bought new and now has 105,000 miles on it now. At 20,000 miles it would burn 32 ounces in 800 miles, so I put an aftermarket 685cc piston in it and that solved the oil problem.
Are you going to be riding the TCAT gps tracks for your ride? I rode the eastern part of the TCAT in 2013, but when I got to the ferry at North Sidney, NS to get to Newfoundland they had wrecked on of the ferries and had a ten day waiting list. I didn't have ten days to waist, so I rode back northwest about 600 miles to Matane, QC and got a ferry across the St Lawrence to Baie-Comeau, QC and headed west on the trail from there. I am thinking of going back next year and riding the Newfoundland and Labrador sections.