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post #11 of 19 Old 02-04-2020, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yes that's what I'm hearing. So we're trying to plan a route that keeps us off the super slab as much as possible. If there's no way around that then we may need to plan a different trip.
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-05-2020, 12:46 AM
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A KLR "on the highway",,,, "going 80 to 85 mph",,,, "extended periods"!!!!

Trade the sprocket for a Goldwing and pull the KLR on a trailer behind it.

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post #13 of 19 Old 02-05-2020, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Great idea

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A KLR "on the highway",,,, "going 80 to 85 mph",,,, "extended periods"!!!!

Trade the sprocket for a Goldwing and pull the KLR on a trailer behind it.
You don't know how close to home this comment is.
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post #14 of 19 Old 02-05-2020, 06:18 PM
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Put in an hour a day at 80-85mph commuting to work. Take it out for extended rides when I have the time. It's Texas it's big and you have to ride fast if you don't want to impede traffic. 2018, 25,000 miles, maybe 1/2 quart between 5,000 mile oil changes, 90% of the time on the highway. No Doohickey replacement, no Thermobob, no problem.
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Put in an hour a day at 80-85mph commuting to work. Take it out for extended rides when I have the time. It's Texas it's big and you have to ride fast if you don't want to impede traffic. 2018, 25,000 miles, maybe 1/2 quart between 5,000 mile oil changes, 90% of the time on the highway. No Doohickey replacement, no Thermobob, no problem.
Do you allow the oem doo-hickey to re-adjust the balancer chain about every 5000 miles?

I suggest to rotate the engine CCW to TDC to get all of the chain slack on the proper side of the system, before allowing adjustment.

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post #16 of 19 Old 02-05-2020, 07:58 PM
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I didnít buy a single cylinder four stroke 5 speed to go 85 miles an hour. I rode a BMW K12GT for many years to pop down freeways at those speeds never slowing down to enjoy the ride until I got to where I was going and missed so many things along the way by cutting my trip margins to the bone.

So Iím in the buy a gold wing club. But to each their own and like pdwestman says, make sure you check the oil when you gas up.
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post #17 of 19 Old 02-05-2020, 08:45 PM
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I have a 2017 and run a 16t countersprocket with stock primary. I have driven my bike for 10 hour days at 80 mph and never used 1 drop of oil. I use Syntech 10-40w dino oil from Walmart. Would prefer synthetic but only put non energy conserving oils in my clutch because Google says don't - you smart guys please tell me if I am wrong. I ride it hard, wheelies and such, red line rpm frequently, off road or on road ride it like it was stolen, up to 95 mph. I feel (well I know) that a steady 85 mph would be pushing my bike more than I want to, so I do not know what happens at that speed. Do not freak over oil consumption, just take small steps and see how your bike responds. Good luck
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post #18 of 19 Old 02-06-2020, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments

I don't think I'll have any problems on the trip, but yeah, will for sure keep an eye on the oil level, I use Shell Rotella 15-40. I don't purposely seek out highways where speed will be an issue, but in this upcoming trip, there are some places where it just can't be avoided (Idaho and Montana). I've had Goldwings before so I know how nice they ride on the highway, but "highway" gets boring after a while, just IMO. That's why I got the KLR. So, my conclusion is OK for 80 to 85 for a while, 16T sprocket helps, watch the oil level.
Thanks again!!
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post #19 of 19 Old 02-07-2020, 10:17 PM
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Hello

80-85mph seems very fast for a KLR to me. The highest maximum speed limit in Australia is 110kph (68mph) I feel like that speed is getting close to what my KLR with standard gearing is comfortable. To be complexly honest, I feel it may be a tad beyond what my KLR is comfortable with.

What is your bike's Mileage Kwarbington? Mine certainly does use oil when that speed is sustained. Mine is a 2017 model. It did not use oil at all until it had traveled about 22000km (13700ish miles) This experience, is shared by my son who owns a KLR (From new) and other contributors to this forum.
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