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post #1 of 5 Old 02-20-2008, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, My name is Tim Van Sickle. I tried to post a couple of days ago but it didn't seem to here goes again! My daughter, Kim and I just bought a pair of KLR 650's. Mine is an 05 w/2900 mi. and hers in an 06 w/1800 mi. We paid 8 grand for the pair which I think was a good price. I've been riding for about 40 years and Kim is a beginner. We're looking forward to this summer when hopefully we'll ride the Haul Road or perhaps the Taylor to Dawson. We have many trails and logging roads locally. I've built a luggage rack combo panier mounts from aluminum plate and paniers from marine plywood/epoxy glass. I also built a mold and heat formed a larger windshield. Have pics if any interest. Great Forum! Great info! Thanks for your time, Tim & Kim
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-20-2008, 08:03 AM
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Welcome to the forum Tim N Kim.......... Would love to see any pics of your mods. Don't forget to take care of the doohickeys if they have not already been updated.
Here is a link for the procedure:

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-09-2014, 03:38 PM
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Hello to Tim and Kim,
Great to hear about your family of KLRs. I have an 09 and love it. Since you two are in Alaska I would like to ask you about the temperature range on your bike when you are riding.
I was reading on several posts that there is a mod called the ThermoBob that adds a thermosat to the KLR to keep it at 190 degrees in the winter. I was wondering if either of you two have one.

Hello Mark,
I looked at your Doohickey site. I bought my parts from Eagle Mike and thought he was very through. Your site is the best I have seen to date! Outstanding job!

You three are the reason I like this forum the best. The best of people who are willing to share information openly. It has easily been the best resource for me and I will stay as a member. I sometimes ask questions, but would always share with anyone.

Tim and Kim
Welcome to the site!
Thanks so much!
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You realize that this thread is from 2008 and SNICK hasn;t been here since 2010.

Same goes for DXKLR who hasn;t been on since 2012. Not sure if Marknet is his site. don't actually know who is behind that but he is to be comended. I've used it lots.

As to the Thermo-bob I have one and wouldn't be without it. Keeps my engine at a steady temp especially on the colder days we experience here.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-09-2014, 07:13 PM
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I keep seeing responses from you and other trusted member like you.
You are the guys that convinced me to purchase a lifetime membership. Not by asking me to, but by being honest, creditable sources.
Thanks for being a great guy, too!

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