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post #1 of 21 Old 04-28-2016, 08:30 AM Thread Starter
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Question 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650

I'm looking at a used klr 650 but was told they have a bad top end on them
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They have a good top-end.

The problem comes when you run them out of oil. The top end gets starved and the cam journals go bad and are, for all intents and purposes, irreparable.

The 2008 and 2009 bikes were known for having oil burning issues. If you buy one of these bikes, and don't cure the oil burning problem with a big-bore kit, you will need to keep a very close eye on the oil level. Check it every time you get on it.

I would never hesitate to buy a use KLR; they are good, reliable bikes. That said, as the previous owner of a 2008 and current owner of a 2009, I would never buy a 2008 or 2009 again.

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I own a 2009 and it doesn't burn oil and I bet going down hill it has as much top end as any KLR!!!
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There is always the case of the '08 or '09 that doesn't burn oil. More '09 than '08.

Still, when considering buying one, I think it is a crap shoot. My next KLR won't be one of either year.

I know it grates on people when I advise against buying either one, but I'm not apologetic.

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My '09 is one of the "good" one's too.

Runs like a molested primate w/no oil issues.

The VIN date was Feb, 2009. (Towards the end of the production run.)

Then they re-tool for the next year, which probably takes all of two minutes
to change the color of the plastic in the injection molders. LOL

(It's probably when they do their annual fillup of 6 oz grease in the swingarm shooter too.)

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I bought an early 2008 in 2007 and it started using (not leaking) oil at the rate of about 1 liter per 1,000 miles only at higher freeway speeds.

That worked out nice on long trips because as I added oil when it got low I was actually doing a full oil change every 2,500 miles as many suggest should be done anyway. I never had to do an actual oil change. I just changed the oil filter every 5,000 miles.

After about 40k miles I put a 685 piston in it and still have it at 100k miles. So, they are hard to wear out.
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...The VIN date was Feb, 2009. (Towards the end of the production run.)...
Dat funny. Mine is 02/09. It was fixed by Kawasaki for oil burning while the previous owner had it. That lasted for a few thousand miles.

What are the last 6 digits of your VIN? Mine is A25970.

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Dat funny. Mine is 02/09. It was fixed by Kawasaki for oil burning while the previous owner had it. That lasted for a few thousand miles.

What are the last 6 digits of your VIN? Mine is A25970.

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This reminds me that my 2008 KLR posted above was honed and re-ringed in warranty at 20k miles. That helped for a while. I put the 685 piston in at 40k miles.
VIN ....A06751

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I had 2 Red '09s / 2 Blue '09s and 4 Black '09s come thru my shop in 2009. Two of the Black '09s burned about a Qt per 1000 miles.
The others apparently didn't.

I repaired the two Black oil burners with 685 kits. All four of the Black units were with-in 100 digits of VIN's!
Luck of the draw, I guess.

I may as well say it. A defect in the #2 ring was the primary problem. Reasonably certain that the rings were/are out-sourced.

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GoMotor, do you happen to know the build date? It would be interesting to guess at the annual production rate.

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