Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Silver City, NM
FWIW, it's my understanding that the KLR650 is one of the most reliable bikes on the road, so it can't be "too" bad. I also understand thermal shock and know it can't be doing it any good in the long term. Maybe the Thermo-bob will extend the longevity ??
Kinda like eating steak all your life, then wondering why you have a heart attack. Thermal shock the engine and eventually maybe have problems ?? Probably but hard to prove, I think.
To my eyes, it's kind of like the doohickey business. It's my understanding that it was a real problem on pre-08 bikes, but not so much so now, tho' it still isn't perfect. I really don't think my '11 needs a doohickey kit. Will I get one ?? Probably, just for the peace of mind it will give.
I went on my 1st real highway ride on mine today - about 65 miles south past Deming, NM to the Florida Mountains. The bike ran like a watch at 70 mph - big, noisy watch but it went fine. I glanced at temp gauge periodically and felt good seeing that needle planted on 195º. A bit later I got onto really bad gravel and rock roads that worked the bike pretty hard at low speed and saw the temp go to 210º for a while. That's fine......I'm not worried about thermal shock anymore. It helps that I like new toys, too. (I dumped it on that loose bull rock, too. Hurt my feelings, seeing that pretty fairing in the dirt)