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post #1 of 3 Old 11-29-2009, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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something odd in cold weather

I ride my '00 KLR to work every day, even as the temps get lower. A couple of days ago, I rode it to work when the temp was about 35 degrees, and I noticed something odd happening with the temp gauge. The needle would rise to about halfway over the course of about three seconds as I was riding, hover there for about five seconds, the drop back to normal (about a fifth of the way from cold) in about a second. This cycle would repeat about every 30 seconds or so. The bike has never done that before, but then, that was the coldest temps I ridden it in. Thermostat? Cooling system issue? Should I be concerned? The bike has 11,400 miles. It had 8,200 miles on it when I bought it in September. At 9,500 miles I had the oil changed and the bike completely checked over by a reputable local shop.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-01-2009, 10:49 AM
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In those ambient temperatures I dubt very much that your bike was actually getting that hot. May be an issue with the sending unit.

Have you got a Thermo-Bob? If not you should get one.

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-05-2009, 10:43 PM
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cold weather engine

Well Winter hit here today. 34 degrees with copious fat wet snow when I set out to the Y, 12 miles away, at one pm, to play handball. Thicker and colder on the way back, with slippery slush piling up on the roads. Her temperature needle hardly got off the peg. Idle was down to about a thousand, rather than the usual thirteen hundred. No TBob... probably ought to do that.
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