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post #1 of 4 Old 10-05-2012, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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Luggage options and coolant question

HI, I've just bought a 2010 KLR650, only riding it home before I left on vacation.
Just back and was going to mount a Givi topbox from another of my bikes to find that the KLR luggage rack is not adaptable. I have googled and see that there are adapter kits out there but was wondering on your opinions and solutions here before I go and buy anything.
Also noticed that the coolant gauge shows barely above cold during highway cruising and only goes to the normal position in city traffic. Is this normal and are there no thermostats on these bikes?
Thanks for any helpful hints and looking forward to enjoying my KLR.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-05-2012, 04:46 PM
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I don't know what the 2010 luggage rack is like but I had no problem mounting a Givi top box on my 2004 rack.

On the temperature gauge what you are seeing is normal. Yes it has a thermostat but so much air passes through the rad the temperature doesn't gets up there unless it's in stop and go traffic.
If you want to have the engine run at a steady temperature all the time you should install a Thermo-Bob. I did and i wouldn't be without it here in Canada. Even on cold 5C days my bike runs at the same temp as if it were 30C. Google it for all the info or do a search here.

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I don't know what the 2010 luggage rack is like but I had no problem mounting a Givi top box on my 2004 rack.

On the temperature gauge what you are seeing is normal. Yes it has a thermostat but so much air passes through the rad the temperature doesn't gets up there unless it's in stop and go traffic.
If you want to have the engine run at a steady temperature all the time you should install a Thermo-Bob. I did and i wouldn't be without it here in Canada. Even on cold 5C days my bike runs at the same temp as if it were 30C. Google it for all the info or do a search here.

Welcome to the forum. BC is a great place to have a KLR.
Agree with KLR4evr on the Thermobob. I ride very early mornings for my commute and though temps here don't get near what northerners get, (I'm in N CA) I didn't like the fact my bike never really got warm. I ride my bike hard and try and make sure to tune it as well as keep the maintenance up to keep operation always in the sweet spot. I put a 'Bob on around 1800 miles and figured if I ever had to take my bike in for warranty work I would just get a new hose and put it on before I took the bike in. Bike always runs at a constant except on very hot days in traffic but even then I think my fan has only had to kick on once or twice. Mind you, the 'Bob does not help with cooling, only with warming up faster and keeping the temp stable. Does your bike need it..? Up to you. IMHO it was worth the 140 bucks for me not to obsess about my bike temp an to keep my engine and oil at optimum temps. It is a quality product but again, it's your bike and up to you. Welcome to the forum too, you'll find a lot of great advice from a lot of good people here.


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Thanks for the reply's, it's good to know that this is normal temperature operation although I agree that I would rather have the temp at a constant so will look into your suggestion at some point.
As far as the luggage adapter goes at the moment I will just drill four holes into the existing rack and mount my Givi before I make any hard decisions on what type of panniers I will eventually install. The only other addition I want to have so far is an aftermarket windscreen to provide more cruising pleasure. Any suggestions for a 5'8" guy? The bike came with the lowering kit, lower aftermarket seat and crash bars so it is fairly well equipped to my liking already.
I've been riding for 46 years but up to now my preference has been sport touring. A couple of years ago I purchased an XT225 which broadened my thoughts on dual purpose touring and as I have always admired the KLR took the plunge. I am quite enamoured with the bike already and plotting some trips in the B.C. interior next year with some back country forestry roads I knew about but wouldn't attempt on my road bike.
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