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Old 02-20-2010, 10:34 PM   #16
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KLR miles

2000 mdl.22,000mi.trouble free.I wonder if the high mileage ones above have had any problems or what is high mileage for a KLR?
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:46 PM   #17
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I have a 2008 with only 10,000. You hear guys whine about the KLR but you don't find many bikes that put that many miles on without problems. The best part is they don't cost much to buy, run, or fix. How can you beat it.
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:49 AM   #18
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My 08 is sitting in the garage with just over 13,000 on the clock, going into withdrawls though haven't been on it since October
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:58 AM   #19
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2000 mdl.22,000mi.trouble free.I wonder if the high mileage ones above have had any problems or what is high mileage for a KLR?
For mine, I gave them a gentle, respectable break-in and at 6000 went to a top quality full synthetic (Mobil 1 20W-50). After that all I did was change the oil and oil filter every 6000 miles, at which time I also checked/adjusted the valves. Cleaned the air filter as needed (use Twin Air and NoToil filters with NoToil oil). Stock doo.

Front side of doo hickey after 130,000+ miles


Back side of doo hickey after 130,000+ miles


But I did loose the spring which allowed enough slack on the balancing chain to let it eat into the cases

This also caused serious hooking of the balancer chain sprocket on the crankshaft, which with my anal approach to rebuilds makes this engine toast, and why I got a used engine to rebuild.
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:02 PM   #20
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For mine, I gave them a gentle, respectable break-in and at 6000 went to a top quality full synthetic (Mobil 1 20W-50). After that all I did was change the oil and oil filter every 6000 miles, at which time I also checked/adjusted the valves. Cleaned the air filter as needed (use Twin Air and NoToil filters with NoToil oil). Stock doo.

Front side of doo hickey after 130,000+ miles


Back side of doo hickey after 130,000+ miles


But I did loose the spring which allowed enough slack on the balancing chain to let it eat into the cases

This also caused serious hooking of the balancer chain sprocket on the crankshaft, which with my anal approach to rebuilds makes this engine toast, and why I got a used engine to rebuild.
There must be something wrong with you. You own a KLR and don't spend all your time working on it and re-engineering it. I thought I was the only misfit that spent his time riding instead of working on it. You even run your oil close to what Kawa recommends. How am I going to make money on my oil stock if you don't change your oil every 2000 miles?
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:30 PM   #21
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Man, some of these bikes are truly showing some spirit. I wanted to start this thread so I could see what mileage people were getting out of their bikes, so I could get an idea of the life I should be expecting. I know this is predicated on care etc. But I have to say, I didn't expect to hear about such high miles on these bikes. That's great.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:42 AM   #22
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2008 with 12,000 trouble free miles
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:52 AM   #23
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35,000 K and running strong

2000 KLR -> 35,000 trouble free smiles. Doo was done by P.O. Doesn't burn any oil, starts everytime, runs great. I payed attention to maintenance, and changed the oil every 3,500 miles. It's a great bike. Just sold it to my brother...damn I'm gonna miss it , but I expect he will let me take it out for a spin every once in awhile.

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Old 02-22-2010, 06:42 AM   #24
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I'm glad to see so many high-mile KLRs represented.

I just picked up a 2000 with 3000 miles for $2k I've been giving it a good going over while waiting for this white crap to go away. I'm looking forward to riding the wheels off it over the coming years.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:18 AM   #25
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Bought my '08 in Sept 2008. It's at just under 18,000 miles.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:00 AM   #26
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Been traveling for the past year all over the East coast and am down in Big Bend NP TX, enjoying WARM weather, getting ready to tackle the West Coast!!!

06 KLR, 55K and going strong!!! Only oil and tires!!!!
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Old 02-23-2010, 07:37 PM   #27
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Been traveling for the past year all over the East coast and am down in Big Bend NP TX, enjoying WARM weather, getting ready to tackle the West Coast!!!

06 KLR, 55K and going strong!!! Only oil and tires!!!!

I'm jelous!
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:40 PM   #28
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Just turned 55,000km today (34,000 miles)

No troubles, just matainance. Did the doo. Time to replace bearings in steering head and swingarm soon.

Survived Montreal to Nicaragua sofar.
This was in El Salvador the other day.

I like my bike
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:00 AM   #29
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Just turned 55,000km today (34,000 miles)

No troubles, just matainance. Did the doo. Time to replace bearings in steering head and swingarm soon.

Survived Montreal to Nicaragua sofar.
This was in El Salvador the other day.

I like my bike
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I love this picture, inspiring! And I'm definitely jelous!
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Old 02-24-2010, 05:14 AM   #30
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Dad and I have KLRs

Dads is a 2006 with 7300 miles.
Mine is a 2005 with 2400 miles.

We both just got them and plan to put 5k miles on them this summer in our AK trip alone.

Glad to see higher milage KLRs. I hope to put ALOT of miles on mine.
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