Here's a picture of my Thermo Bob Original in the usual place...It works great and always has. It's perfectly positioned and doesn't shake, rattle, or roll. The problem is that it tends to get in the way when I need to get the valve cover off. Since I'm constantly fiddling with stuff, that's a nuisance.
Taking off the valve cover and drilling out that broken-off bolt allowed me to make two discoveries on my new-to-me 2008 KLR.
1. It has a thermobob and, by the size of it, probably a gen 1.
2. Trying to get the valve cover off, or even just lifting it up and moving it out of the way by a few inches is kind of a pain with the TB being where it is.
I'm contemplating deleting it vs
replacing it with one of the smaller gens. A couple questions if you don't mind...
Is there a way to tell for sure what gen it is?
Currently, the bike's temp runs mid level on the temp gauge, goes way up at stop lights, then back down to mid level when the bike gets going again. Without the TB, what would the gauge likely be doing?