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post #1 of 4 Old 08-07-2016, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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tampa to reno and back on my klr?

this trip would have to be mainly interstate highway due to work schedule. is it just wrong to do this to my 2015 klr? thats a lot of high speed wear and tear. on the other hand, it IS a 650cc single and 6000 miles of smooth roadway at 70ish mph shouldnt hurt it. should it?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-07-2016, 07:49 PM
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In April of 1988, I rode across Nevada both directions at illegal speeds on my 1987 KLR650. With stock gearing. Turning 5800-6200 RPM most of the way. It is still running. 77,868 miles and counting!

Today, I would suggest that others might install a 16 tooth or even a 17 tooth front sprocket for a trip such as you plan.
Check your engine oil at Every stop. Especially fuel stops.

With what I have learned about my own bike and Genuine Kawasaki 10W40 Petroleum oil from here, http://www.klrforum.com/klr-other-mo...is-thread.html

I'd do it ALL on one oil change, with my preferred oil.
And yes, I am certain that I would have to add some. I have always carried a quart on road trips, with any bike. (Usually have a quart in the truck also.)
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-07-2016, 08:22 PM
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Won't hurt nuthin as long as you keep the R's below 7500. A 16 T would be most helpful as well. As stated check the oil at every stop. It also helps to have oil available so when you check and it is low you can add. Well duh Vin!

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post #4 of 4 Old 08-07-2016, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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thanks! i love this bike and really wanted to take it over the goldwing but i didnt want to fry the engine. i will pick up a 16 t sprocket and more street oriented tires. guess i should finally do the doo and the needle/jet, i ordered the kit when i bought the bike a year ago.

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