Bob, I can't speak for everyone but I have two 09 models and neither appear to have an oil consumption problem. I purchased both last March and my wife and I have almost 2,300 miles on each. I have been riding for the last 35yrs on the street and these are the first dual sport bikes I have owned. We are very pleased with the bikes and they are perfect for our type of riding. We don't do any hardcore dirt riding but we are now able to go places I would not have taken our large touring bike. I have heard that Kawasaki experimented with a different type of piston ring on the 08 models but switched back when they ran into oil consumption problems. I don't know if that is true but it seems reasonable. The 09's don't seem to have the problem and not all 08's had the problem either. Hope that helps.
Last edited by Extrooper; 11-21-2009 at 08:25 PM.