To answer your question, my 2011 uses no oil between changes even with sustained highway running over 5000rpm.
As a remark re the difference between the KLR and the VStrom, the VStrom has much less ground clearance than the KLR. If you want to do ANY rougher stuff, ie off gravel, the KLR would be better. The VStrom is more street oriented.
Nope. I've had a couple runs down to So Florida this year on my 2016, 3.5-4.0 hours each way, pretty high speeds. It ran great with the stock gearing, actually kind of comfortable, no oil loss. Its performance in the offroad snot has been pretty respectable too.
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