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post #1 of 8 Old 12-10-2010, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
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Another questions about the KLR thread...sorry!

I haven't had any luck finding what I need to know so I'll ask it here. First, what RPM does the KLR engine turn at 70 mph? My roundtrip commute to work everyday is about 60 miles of highway and I don't want to push the bike too hard or significantly lower the lifespan of the bike if I do end up getting a KLR.

Secondly, what are the chances of getting oil burner if you buy a new pre-2008 KLR? Is it like a 50/50 thing or are the chances better or worse than that? I prefer the look of the newer gen models but I don't want an oil burner either.

Thanks a lot and sorry again for the n00b questions!
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-10-2010, 09:52 AM
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70 on a Gen 1 will have the bike spinning around 5K rpm.. A quick and easy sprocket change can that.

Most Gen 1 bikes tend not to be an oil burner (consumer, actually), or at least not bad. My 2002 will consume a quart in 3000 miles.. I just check it every 500 or so miles and give an occasional top off before leaving home.. It was that way when I bought it at 1200 miles, and is still the same at 21K miles.
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If you have a stock 15 tooth front sprocket changing to a 16 will drop the RPM about 300.

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Well 3k on the expressway sounds more manageable to me. What effect will that have on perceived power in gears 1-4? Will your usable torque just fall off the charts?
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Well 3k on the expressway sounds more manageable to me. What effect will that have on perceived power in gears 1-4? Will your usable torque just fall off the charts?
3K is lugging the motor. It's much happier between 4-5k..
It's not a high power motor by any means..

And it's not dropping the RPM to 3000, but dropping it 300 RPM from stock gearing.

70mph with the larger front sprocket will have it running around 4500RPM, and in an area where the bike and engine are very happy, and getting around 55 to almost 60mpg to boot.

I run stock gearing because I play offroad with mine, but I've run interstate all day long for 5-600 miles and the bike just plugs along for the ride..

3000RPM might be something you can get away with, with a twin, but the KLR single wants to be run between 4-5000.
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Okay I misread that. I was thinking that was low and you would have zero torque. Makes more sense now.
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I haven't had any luck finding what I need to know so I'll ask it here. First, what RPM does the KLR engine turn at 70 mph? My roundtrip commute to work everyday is about 60 miles of highway and I don't want to push the bike too hard or significantly lower the lifespan of the bike if I do end up getting a KLR.

Secondly, what are the chances of getting oil burner if you buy a new pre-2008 KLR? Is it like a 50/50 thing or are the chances better or worse than that? I prefer the look of the newer gen models but I don't want an oil burner either.

Thanks a lot and sorry again for the n00b questions!

I checked this morning coming to work....

I've got a Gen 2 with a 16 tooth front (15 stock). At 70 mph actual the motor is turning about 4600-4700 rpm. The speedo on mine is exactly 10% off verified by GPS. So the speedo is approaching 80 mph and the throttle is at about 3/4 (in 5th gear). The motor doesn't have much left there so if you need passing power...

I do a 50 mile commute at closer to 60 mph but it's a rural road. 60 miles of highway @ 70 mph? The gen 2 is better for the road than a gen 1 but I would consider a differnet bike (like a 650 Strom) for your needs.

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I believe that my '09 (stock gearing) was turning about 5K at 70mph the other day. The engine is quite happy in this range, and I wouldn't hesitate to run it there all day. (By way of comparison, my ST1300 turns about 4k at 70.)

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