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Old 02-17-2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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Default Best SAE Oil Weight for KLR in the South?

Hi Guys,

I'm new to KLRin' and new to motorcycles in general. I was looking through
the Clymer's and saw several different oil weights listed for the KLR.
10w-40, 20w-40, 10w-50, and 20w-50 are all listed. I was wondering, what
weight do you guys suggest for a KLR ridden in North Georgia, with mostly mildish
winters and hot springs/summers? Can anyone reccomend a particular manufacturer?


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Old 02-17-2013, 09:21 AM   #2
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Hi Guys,

I'm new to KLRin' and new to motorcycles in general. I was looking through
the Clymer's and saw several different oil weights listed for the KLR.
10w-40, 20w-40, 10w-50, and 20w-50 are all listed. I was wondering, what
weight do you guys suggest for a KLR ridden in North Georgia, with mostly mildish
winters and hot springs/summers? Can anyone reccomend a particular manufacturer?


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Default Re: Best SAE Oil Weight for KLR in the South?

opinions on oil on here are like butholes, everyone has one

Personally, I use Mobil1 10-40 in the winter and 20-50 in the summer. In the winter I ride daily at 30 deg or less and summer over 100

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I can't resist.... I have to throw in on this one. I run Motul (non synthetic). It has performed very well in my 2010.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:04 PM   #5
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Default Re: Best SAE Oil Weight for KLR in the South?

every body i know with a KLR runs delo 15-40. (i only knolw 1 other guy! haha) my bike seemed to stop burning oil after i switched.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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15w40 Diesel rated.
15w50 Diesel rated for high temps.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:16 PM   #7
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Default Re: Best SAE Oil Weight for KLR in the South?

Thanks Guys! Also, is it worth using synthetic oil in a KLR or honestly, would it even really matter?
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:25 PM   #8
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Thanks Guys! Also, is it worth using synthetic oil in a KLR or honestly, would it even really matter?
It won't matter if you change it often. Oil is cheap insurance, check it often and change it often. And keep it at the proper level.
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Rotella T 15w-40 for me
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:25 PM   #10
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What you've heard is all good. Rotella T, Rottella T6, Delvac, and Delvac 1 seem to be the most popular. In _MY_ opinion, all the synthetics (with the 5W low temperature characteristic) bring to the party is much easier starting below about 45 or 50 degrees. It is generally accepted that our engine/transmission shared sump shears the oils down rapidly, and many/most say change every 1500-2000 miles.

Me ... I ride about 4000 miles a year and change oil twice, fall and spring ... T6 in the fall, regular T in the spring. Filter every other change ...
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:40 AM   #11
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What you've heard is all good. Rotella T, Rottella T6, Delvac, and Delvac 1 seem to be the most popular. In _MY_ opinion, all the synthetics (with the 5W low temperature characteristic) bring to the party is much easier starting below about 45 or 50 degrees. It is generally accepted that our engine/transmission shared sump shears the oils down rapidly, and many/most say change every 1500-2000 miles.

Me ... I ride about 4000 miles a year and change oil twice, fall and spring ... T6 in the fall, regular T in the spring. Filter every other change ...
I'm glad you said it was your opinion, because the syns also bring better 'cling' (molecular adhesion) to help prevent dry starts and better resistance to shear.
Syns (the real ones) are flat out better, no two ways about it, the question is whether or not it really benefits someone who changes often, doesn't ride super hard or in really hot weather.
There may also be benefits for those who ride inoften enough that the oil drains completely and leaves the upper cylinder dry.
This is IMO, an area that the KLR may be problematic in, especially in the older models if a rider runs the bike hard in hot weather and shuts down right away.
If a person doesn't ride throughout the winter, there may be benefits, as well as benefits in long term ownership for a person who doesn't want to rebuild a motor.
It's really more of a cost vs. benefits scenario.
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Well, now that you ask.

I use Mobil 15/50 most of the time and
Rosella T6 5/40 in the winter.

All synthetic, all the time.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #13
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Well, now that you ask.

I use Mobil 15/50 most of the time and
Rotella T6 5/40 in the winter.

All synthetic, all the time.
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The KLR ain't finicky 'bout oil judging by the different oils folks have run successfully. I have been running Mobil 1 15w50 for the last 85,000 miles. It works O.K. in temperatures too cold to ride a motorcycle, ie, in the 20s. It is relatively cheap in 5 qt jugs at Walmart. If cost wasn't a factor I would run Mobil 1 20w50 (motorcycle specific).
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. If cost wasn't a factor I would run Mobil 1 20w50 (motorcycle specific).
Here you are my friend, a coupon for Mobil 1 motorcycle specific oil.
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Rotella here. Love it. Easy to find and the best part is that its not the same weight as my roommates oil drinking truck.
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Here you are my friend, a coupon for Mobil 1 motorcycle specific oil.
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Still ain't going to be as cheap as the bulk vehicle oil, but a coupon nonetheless.
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Ok kids. this has probaby been asked before but I haven't seen it... Does the oil have to be JASO rated??? Will there be any issues if it is not JASO rated? Are there ratings that MUST be avoided?

Can I say run regular dyno Mobil 1 20w-50 car oil with out any issues?
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Ok kids. this has probaby been asked before but I haven't seen it... Does the oil have to be JASO rated??? Will there be any issues if it is not JASO rated? Are there ratings that MUST be avoided?

Can I say run regular dyno Mobil 1 20w-50 car oil with out any issues?
JASO MA is ideal however you can look for oil that is not labelled 'Energy Conserving'. You'll find that with oil geared towards european cars and all diesels/HD applications. I run the same oil year round and I see starting temps as low as -8F (couple weeks ago) to over 110F in Phx summers. Rotella 10W-40. Most people are confused about number ratings and what they really mean. Best is to simply follow what your owners manual recommends.

Found my previous post:

http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthr...ght=oil+weight
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15w40 Rotella,Delo,etc here also,I do the T6 5w40 when I'm feelling like I wanna get fancy,but like many I just change it often and synth is spendy for that kinda OCI.Ok I admit it all these oil threads over time have turned me into a oil nerd ,you can often find me in any joint that sells oil my eyes will be glazed over dreaming of the possibilities,then my wife yells and I grab some 15w40,rush to the cart and say yes dear.Psst secret fantasy of someday using Mobil 15w50,this summer maybe,don't tell anyone!
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