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post #1 of 10 Old 10-12-2006, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Its cold outside today

With the weather turning a bit on the chilly side of things and frost settling on everything thats outside, is there special precautions that one must take to care for the KLR. I plan to ride up till the last possible day... which means that its going to have to be pretty darn cold. Do I need to have a different oil for when I am driving the KLR in colder temps than when in storage? Do I need to replace the water in the resivour (sp?) or add something to the battery to keep it from freezing? When i was driving around today, the temp was in the high 30s to low 40s and I couldn't get my motor to warm up. It ran on the cold side of things for the most part. Is that normal? Thanks for reading this. Look forward to your comments.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-12-2006, 11:53 PM
 
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Do I need to have a different oil for when I am driving the KLR in colder temps than when in storage? The owners manual specifies 10w/50 or 10w40 when temps dip below freezing. Change the oil before storage because the dirty oil will contain acids from combustion blowby

Do I need to replace the water in the resivour (sp?) Check the coolant with a hydrometer to be protected to the lowest temperature typical for your location

...or add something to the battery to keep it from freezing? Check and correct the electrolyte level is all. Many use a Battery Tender to maintain their batteries in the off season.

When i was driving around today, the temp was in the high 30s to low 40s and I couldn't get my motor to warm up. It ran on the cold side of things for the most part. Is that normal? Yep.

Check your tire pressures more regularly during cold weather. Check the tire pressures during storage also to keep from getting sidewall cracks.

Riding in the cold is good fun! Enjoy!
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-13-2006, 08:37 AM
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A cheap method to get the motor to temp is to use cardboard to PARTIALLY block the radiator. Be cautious and only block about 1/4 to start, and check the gauge often. My KLR seems to not mind the cold, however, most engines get their best fuel economy when warm. In addition, fouling of the plug is possible running too cold.

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post #4 of 10 Old 10-14-2006, 03:23 AM
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once the temps start down into the 50's, the temp gauge won't move a whole lot, that radiator might be small, but it is effecient. You can try blocking the rad, but don't cover the whole thing, let a little air get through, you'll have to experiment with exactly how much to use, but it does get the engine temp up into the normal range, just don't forget it's there when things warm up.

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post #5 of 10 Old 10-15-2006, 05:39 PM
 
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I signed up today to look for information on windscreens. :shock: This lead me to the Wrenching/Mod area. I live and "work" in the Teton Park outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I made my last ride through Yellowstone Saturday. Up at 28 degrees off at 41 degrees and back at 65 degrees. The best recommendation I have found on windscreens is the slipstreamer CF-30. My contact said he preferred it over his Clearview +11. Anyone in this group have a recommendation on windscreens? :arrow: If you thing your cold weather riding is on the edge, read Jack G's story. He started out in April in Glenalen, Alaska and experienced -15 in Canada then +105 in Death Valley. It is a long trip story but more than a travel logue. He was a truck driver and mentions the past as he does the 35 day 4 courners trip.

If you like to read travel stories, I recommend Jack Gustafson?s story. It is long but more than just a trip log. The story is at http://www.alaska.net/~jfgcvms/index.html He rode from Glenallen, Alaska to San Diego, to Key West, to Main and then back home (he saw -15 degrees in Canada, +105 in Death Valley). At the end of the trip he was saying ?Now what do I have to look forward to? PS he was 62 yrs at the time of the ride in 2002.

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-18-2006, 04:54 PM
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The coldest I have ridden mine was 9 degrees out. The bike did not it's best, but it ran and it got me to work. I wasn't too worried about the bike just my hands...

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post #7 of 10 Old 10-18-2006, 06:44 PM
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the temp was in the high 30s to low 40sMust be nice, it was 25 this morning, had to take the truck, frost on the road.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-18-2006, 08:34 PM
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I rode the KLR most of last winter, except of course when we had snow on the roads, used my carharts and technics jacket with rain pants to cut the wind and my pac boots, fun shifting with your heel, now if I had a side hack on the KLR, I'd ride it even with snow on the roads ... just to be different. :f0040

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post #9 of 10 Old 10-18-2006, 08:41 PM
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90 degrees here today, good day for a ride.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-18-2006, 10:33 PM
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know what I gots ta say about yur 90 degree day lol, actually it was a balmy 60 out here today, thats swimming weather in these parts !

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