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Old 12-07-2012, 06:01 PM   #211
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Congrats,but its still just a baby lol
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:26 PM   #212
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Bought a '00 in Oct of '99. Got it for daily transportation only. Sitting in the garage with 49,000 on the clock. All my doing.
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i have a 91 and 2001 both with about same mileage 33k both died same miserable death , ran lean ,got hot, fried exaust cam and bearing caps .. And you cannot just replace cam bearings you have throw away whole head ..because the caps and head are built as one unit and the caps do not use replaceable bearings what a retarded design ...

so instead of being able to adjust cam runout with a bigger sized bearing it has to be thrown away completely ... Thats retarded ...
Starved for oil, probably the second most common catastrophic failure (doo the first). Can't blame lack of proper maintance on a bad design. You need to keep clean oil in it, they will last.

Bad design? Chrysler did it with the die cast clant six blocks. Old Ford CVH heads ran the cam directly on the casting. It's actually not that bad. And it is fixible if it really needs to be fixed. Damage isn't that different is you spun a bearing insert. Do you want roller bearings that spit a bunch of steel needles throughout the engine when they come apart? How about a set of bolt in cam towers that never line up due to tolerance stack up? There is never a perfect fix. But as long as fresh oil is kept in the engine it is capable of running a very long time.
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:17 AM   #213
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1998 KLR with 15k. I have three bikes so the miles get split up. I do have a question. First, I don't want to start an oil thread, and I don't want to hi jack this mileage thread. I just need to know this, can I run Mobil 1 15w-50wt full synthetic in my KLR? Let me know, I just picked up 3 quarts last night to do an oil change. If not I'll take it back.
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:20 AM   #214
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I just need to know this, can I run Mobil 1 15w-50wt full synthetic in my KLR? Let me know,
Controversial, I know, but . . . I'll go out on a limb! If your oil meets the API Service Codes and falls within the viscosity recommendations from this Generation 1 Owner's Manual page, I'd say: go for it!



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Old 12-08-2012, 06:56 AM   #215
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1998 KLR with 15k. I have three bikes so the miles get split up. I do have a question. First, I don't want to start an oil thread, and I don't want to hi jack this mileage thread. I just need to know this, can I run Mobil 1 15w-50wt full synthetic in my KLR? Let me know, I just picked up 3 quarts last night to do an oil change. If not I'll take it back.
The KLR isn't picky about oil. But remember the oil isn't just the engine, it also does the transmission and clutch. The clutch is why I change the oil often. The clutch is also why I have avoided synthetic oil. I have read enough that the synthetic oil changes the feel of the clutch enough that I am not interested in it.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:48 AM   #216
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I have read enough that the synthetic oil changes the feel of the clutch enough that I am not interested in it.
Couldn't tell any signifcant functional difference in clutch operation between Rotella synthetic 5W-40 and petroleum-based 15W-40, myself, but that doesn't mean it's not there.

The two lubricants may have different lubricities, and different engagement characteristics, but--I don't consider synthetic oil (within manufacturer's recommended specifications) necessarily harmful; YMMV!
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:27 PM   #217
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61,000 on my '06 model that I bought new for $4600.

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And It's not led an easy life.....see please Perry Mountain 24 Hour Challenge thread. Anyway....I adjusted the valves at 42,000 miles, just because I thought thru might need attention. Intake tight, exhaust still in spec. I hope to get 100,00 before re-ringing.

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Old 12-09-2012, 12:28 AM   #218
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Ok, thanks guys for all your help. I'm going to use it and ride it. Done.

Let us get back to our regularly scheduled "How many miles on your KLR" thread.

So sorry about the thread drift , it felt like it was morphing into a full on hi-jack.

My '98 KLR actually has 12,366 miles on it. I'll try to do better I promise..... :)
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:45 AM   #219
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2005 with 7k. Bought it last year with only 634 on it!!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:51 AM   #220
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2005 with 7k. Bought it last year with only 634 on it!!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:06 AM   #221
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89 with 32k miles... I got it on November 18th and have put just over 2k miles on it so far Winter will slow that down a lot though
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:28 PM   #222
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2011 bought new in July 2011. 9,800 and counting......daily. Give it gas and oil and watch it go. Best value out there.

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Old 12-11-2012, 05:38 PM   #223
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:26 PM   #224
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:05 PM   #225
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I had a 2005 KLR650 (and a 2001 KLR250) that I rode on the street. I loved the way that bike fit me. Everything just felt right. It was a bit tall for me though. I finally sold it at about 15,000 miles.
I remember when the redesign happened around what, 2208 (?), that they were having terrible problems with heavy oil useage. Mine never used oil between changes despite lots of 60-70 mph freeway use. Has Kawasaki fixed this problem??
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