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post #1 of 16 Old 11-05-2008, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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2008 Oil Problems?

Wow,
I am looking at my local CL and there are ALLOT of 2008s for sale.Makes ya' wonder if these 08's are truly flawed.I'm glad I made the choice for the 07' this year.I knew a new model would have some kinks to work out.Kinda sucks though because I do think the 08' is a pretty bike,oh well I will pick up a 2010 or 2011 model when I'm done with my 07'(2010? 2011?..sounds weird huh?).
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post #2 of 16 Old 11-20-2008, 03:06 AM
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I have over 22,000 trouble free miles on my '08. It has never burned one drop of oil at any speed. My '06 was exactly the same. Why should an '07 be any different?
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Because many 06's 07's and 08's have oil burning issues. No not all of them, and yes a few people got a bike that has NO issues at all and that is wonderful. But some of us got bikes that burn a bit of oil. I think it is more from running it hard, usually if your up over 5k rpm for a good amount of time, its probably going to use some oil. My 07 used oil. So what?, as long as I knew to check it and keep it topped off. My buddies 08 uses oil too and another buddies 07 sucks oil. Kinda like the doohickey problem. It's a crapshoot as to if you get the luck of the draw and never have a problem or like a 'few' of us, you have problems, that are easily fixed and addressed.

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Less than 5% of the '08s, had oil consumption issues so the odds of getting an oil burner are very slim. If someone does get an oil burner the odds of seeing the owners exaggerated complaints on this forum are 100%.

You are the 1st person to accuse the '07s and '06s of being oil burners. State your case on that.
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Just my philosophising -- the KLR is sort of a "back to biking" machine for a lot of middle/later age guys. It's relatively affordable, has a good "old fart" riding position and a great reputation. I think some just don't care to keep riding and wind up selling.

I bought mine from a 73 year old guy that had it for almost 3 years and put 3k miles on it.
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LOL I did state my case, my 07 burned oil, my buddies 07 burns oil, and another guy I ride with that has an 06, he has to add oil between changes...My best friend with an 05 'never' has to add oil, never has. Pretty damn simple. Your one of the few that has said they have NO problems, and I applaud you for that. And I will accuse the newer models for burning oil more so than 05's back because big Kaw, kept dicking with the rings using thinner material and specs thus allowing more oil seapage on some of the bikes along with some issues with seapage around the valves. But it is all relative I believe in how one has been broken in. Anyone can say they broke their bike in correctly, but in reality probably didn't. To say all the 08's are a non problem bike is like saying all apples in the barrel are good. There's always a bad apple among us. Is all I have to say about it.

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MUHAHAH! I LOVE to stir the pot! Thanks for all your replies everyone!
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post #8 of 16 Old 11-20-2008, 05:34 PM
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ahhhhh, I might have been a bit harsh...back pain and these chronic headaches make me cranky sometimes. But at anyrate, no matter what year bike you have, you will truly enjoy it. The whole thing is simply about enjoying riding and knowing your ride intimately. Keep us posted with your mods and farkles, and we do like pictures. Be safe out there.

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Less than 5% of the '08s, had oil consumption issues .
Where did you get that figure from?

I find it odd because my bike was rebuilt by kawasaki while it was still in warranty. I watched the rebuild to make sure it was done.. It got a new cylinder, new piston, new rings and new valve stem seals. And it made no difference at all, it still used a quart of oil every 3 or 4 hundred miles.

I fitted hastings rings and that stopped it.

So this idea that only 5% of the 08's use oil is unlikely being as my bike was twice fitted with the same parts used in all the other 08's and it still used oil just the same.

I received an email from a magazine editor recently to ask my opinion on oil use problems with the 08. He said he had received a lot of mail about 08's using oil and they were looking in to it. One bike was using a quart every 200 miles.


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Where did you get that figure from?

I find it odd because my bike was rebuilt by kawasaki while it was still in warranty. I watched the rebuild to make sure it was done.. It got a new cylinder, new piston, new rings and new valve stem seals. And it made no difference at all, it still used a quart of oil every 3 or 4 hundred miles.

I fitted hastings rings and that stopped it.

So this idea that only 5% of the 08's use oil is unlikely being as my bike was twice fitted with the same parts used in all the other 08's and it still used oil just the same.

I received an email from a magazine editor recently to ask my opinion on oil use problems with the 08. He said he had received a lot of mail about 08's using oil and they were looking in to it. One bike was using a quart every 200 miles.


5% indeed.
Motorcyclist magazine was one source and in the KLRWORLD archives from a different source. Most people who don't have problems with their bikes don't complain much so you don't hear from them often. Those who do have problems complain so much it just seems like there's a lot of problems. Kawasaki sells on average about 5,000 KLRs a year world wide. If 5% developed oil consumption problems then that means about 250 bikes world wide. Each person each who gets an oil burner complains as loud as 100, so they make it look like there were 25,000 oil burning engines for each model run of 5,000 engines. We haven't yet figured in those who screw up their motors but blame it on Kawasaki. We all know the type, they seldom change the oil and rev the crap out the motor every time they twist the throttle. When their motors start using a quart of oil every 300-400 miles they head straight for the forums declaring their motor and 99 others they know of are doing exactly the same thing. That's why the total number of alleged doohickey breaking oil burners exceeds the total number of all engines ever made by 100 to 1 ratio. The internet amplifies problems.
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