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post #1 of 7 Old 05-19-2017, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up 2017 halfway to 500 questions!!!

Howdy Folks!!! Im halfway to 500 on my 2017 Digi. It completes me. LOL. I love it really. I have accumulated a few questions for the sence's.

-rattly noisies in the handlebar front fairing area. Cant tell if its wind or fan energizing or what.
a. what triggers the fan to energize? certain temp? should I hear it?

- in town riding. gets hot real fast. I know manual says not to idle for 5 minutes, but what do you guys do when stuck in traffic? should it climb that fast? need a fan mod?

-manual says first service at 600 right? should I get dealership to do it? or is there a good youtube vid? im pretty handy.

-when I bought the bike, I had read plenty about the ole DOO. I mentioned it to the guy who did the delivery service on the bike and he looked at me like I had 10 heads. Ive dug out of many threads that the factory DOO is good and the spring is bad. What are you 2017 owners doing? eaglemike? letting it ride? can we pretty please keep it to plans of action and not debate about DOO. Lol. thanks, (not trying to be a smartass, Im a noob).

-crash bars and skid plate gonna be the first mods. good value recommendations?

bear with me if im over listening. thanks in advance for your time and knowledge!!!!
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-20-2017, 06:55 AM
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My suggestion:

"Don't worry, be happy!"

Just ride the bike; don't overthink things too excessively.

Doohickey (idle shaft lever) component failures are rare, if not non-existent since release of the 2008 models; balancer system failures with catastrophic collateral engine damage rarer still. Your bike, your risk, but . . . I'd imagine your stock balancer system will last through your warranty period (not that balancer spring tension doesn't bear watching, and periodic adjustment sound maintenance).

As to first service, dealer-performed may offer you some confidence, should warranty issues later surface, although all procedures within rider-echelon capability, IMHO.

Just a suggestion: Perform valve clearance inspection (and adjustment as necessary) at initial service. NOT mandated on Generation 2s, but . . . with no relevant engine design changes, was recommended for Generation 1s. A competent valve clearance inspection will do no harm at this early stage, and might prevent heartbreak later.

Again, ride and enjoy your bike--in production basically unchanged over 25 years; the majority on the road in stock configuration, I'd imagine--riders somehow muddling through, un-stampeded by Internet-fueled paranoia . . .

Yet, sound maintenance upgrades do no harm, and may enhance durability/reliability probability. Your bike, your choice! Your KLR650 engine isn't likely to turn into a pumpkin, just because it clatters and clangs somewhat--"They all do that!"
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post #3 of 7 Old 05-20-2017, 11:17 AM
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Check the Main fairing mount bolts on the steering neck. Checking all accessible mounting bolts, nuts and screws is the Major part of doing a proper Break-in Maintenance (Fuel tank removal Required) and would be a good time to Adjust/Lower the Vertical focus of your headlight (which the assembly kid probably didn't do).

The Thermostatic Fan switch is at the bottom of the radiator. Probably will Not hear the fan while riding.

Middle of temp gauge is Perfect, but you will have to install a Thermo-Bob 2 to make the temp Stay There. It is Not HOT until the needle touches the RED Zone!

Eagle Mike Doo-Hickey with the Torsion Spring is the best. Here is a link to a video,
http://www.klrforum.com/2008-klr650-...ng-spring.html

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[QUOTE=Damocles;595074]My suggestion:


Again, ride and enjoy your bike--in production basically unchanged over 25 years; the majority on the road in stock configuration, I'd imagine--riders somehow muddling through, un-stampeded by Internet-fueled paranoia . . . [QUOTE]

Haha!!! nicely written damocles, and point taken. I called the place I bought it today to ask the price on the 600 mile service. It was reasonable, so Ill let them do it. I actually spoke with the service manager, and he suggested the same thing you did with valve the clearance check, so Im gonna do it. Thanks for the wisdom.
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Thanks for clearing me up on the temp/fan westman. I was looking at it in relation to the whole gauge, not closeness to the red zone. it was running a little over halfway, so nothing to stress!!
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-22-2017, 01:49 AM
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I just bought a 2017 as well! congrats

I do notice the bike runs SLIGHTLY above middle of the gauge, but when it hits a certain spot I can hear a fan kick on. and it regulates it. but when I'm riding the needle drops almost to C.
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Also I'm almost at 600 miles and I'm going to definitely bring it to the dealer. Tho its $185! for basically a oil change ill feel better after they check everything and tighten it all down.
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