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post #1 of 193 Old 10-13-2014, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question To Thermo-Bob or Not To

That is the question.
Seriously, I am considering riding all this winter. Of course I got the gloves, jacket and pants but as I read through our Forum, I notice a couple of entries for the Thermo-Bob.
I read some great information from Watt-man and it is very convincing that the Thermo-Bob extends the bikes life as well as improves winter operation.

Is that true? I am especially writing to all of the northern riders. I live in Kansas City and the temperatures get cold, but there are a lot of good riding days year round. I don't shy away from the cold and look forward to riding this winter.
I really want my bike to last a while, so what is your opinion?

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post #2 of 193 Old 10-13-2014, 01:58 PM
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Not, that is my opinion.

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Question Why Not

Savage,
I see that you live in Kansas, too. Why did you vote NOT.
Do you ride in the winter?
Does your KLR go near the low temp line on the highway and then skyrocket in stop and go traffic? Mine does.
Knowing that I have learned a lot from the feedback on the forum, this is what prompted me to ask you even more!
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I live in Southern California and I think you should do it if for no other reason than that it stabilizes an otherwise erratic cooling system. I buy the value of having a uniformly heated cylinder and quicker warm up. Do all these add up to longer engine life? I've only got about 30k on mine so I'll have to let you know...
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post #5 of 193 Old 10-13-2014, 04:34 PM
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The Thermo-Bob stabilizes coolant temperature more fully and at a higher temperature tan the stock cooling system.

What are the maintenance implications?

What empirical data supports evidence of these maintenance implications?

Given, product is well-engieered, competently manufactured, and thoroughly tested.

Still, the questions asked aren't answered in any quantifiable, verifiable manner AFAIK.

Yet, with an open mind, I await those answers.

DISCLAIMER: Nothing against the Thermo-Bob and its owners; I only ask the questions above.
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I have a thermo-bob. I like what it does. I don't know if it extends the life of the bike, but I like seeing that needle in the middle. That said, I was making better money when I did mine. Today, I wouldn't even consider it.

So, if you got the money, it's a neat gizmo. And it does what it claims to do as far as I know. If you don't have a lot of money, I'd skip it or invest in a farkle that makes a bigger difference. For instance, a +1" shift lever changes the bike far more on a practical day to day level.

You're never going to get a good answer to this one because there isn't a real good answer. Wattman made something cool. No doubt. I think it's a good idea, but I also wish I had that money back.

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I have a thermo-bob. I like what it does. I don't know if it extends the life of the bike, but I like seeing that needle in the middle. That said, I was making better money when I did mine. Today, I wouldn't even consider it.

So, if you got the money, it's a neat gizmo. And it does what it claims to do as far as I know. If you don't have a lot of money, I'd skip it or invest in a farkle that makes a bigger difference. For instance, a +1" shift lever changes the bike far more on a practical day to day level.

You're never going to get a good answer to this one because there isn't a real good answer. Wattman made something cool. No doubt. I think it's a good idea, but I also wish I had that money back.

Something to be said for not trying to make a silk purse out of a KLR....
Excellent answer!
My temp gauge doesn't jump around, it does run on the low end, but who's to say its accurate? Maybe check your engine temp with a cheap temp gauge to see if its really that cold and hot.

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I'd spend the money on a heated jacket socks and gloves. Best investment in motorcycle stuff I've ever made hands downs!

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T-Bob

I have no opinion either way, BUT........

I have to ask? Have any of those guys that go down into South America, with a KLR, done so with a stock setup, or a T-Bob conversion?

Some of the stories I've read have them doing some brutal things to their KLR.

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I'm not in Kansas, but the Panhandle of Texas. I rode all last winter, the coldest day was 5 degrees, yeah pretty dang chilly. But on to the Therm Bob, I put it on on the bike prior to last winter, and immediately noticed the temp stayed steady instead of up and down like a yoyo. I liked that the temp stays in the normal range on the gauge no matter what the outdoor temp. In my mind that the engine stays in a more proper operating temp has to be better for it.
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