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post #1 of 12 Old 04-02-2019, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Noob south of Tucson

Greetings, new KLR owner. Just bought a 2018, the digital camo color. I've been reading this forum and the "other" for over a year all the while coveting a KLR and looking at craigslist every day lol. Finally broke down and got one of the last ones it seems.
Look forward to interacting with this group and if you're in southern AZ let me know and we can ride or whatever.

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-03-2019, 09:45 AM
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Welcome to the forum, smallieslayer.

What is your current daytime & nighttime temps around Tucson?

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post #3 of 12 Old 04-03-2019, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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It was 51 this morning at 0600 and been in the 70s to 80s in the day
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-03-2019, 05:48 PM
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That sounds like perfect riding weather. I hope that you can take full advantage of the current temps, before they start getting into the 90's & above.

Friday the 29th March I could have built a snowman, 15 inches fell in Lander WY. Almost all gone again already.

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post #5 of 12 Old 04-04-2019, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Any concerns about the Tucson heat and the bike?
My dad's in Wisconsin and they got some more snow but its gone already, Mississippi river's above flood stage though
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-04-2019, 04:11 PM
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You should not have any over-warm issues with your Gen 2 model. The 2008 & newer KLR's have larger radiators & more efficient fans than the 87 - 07's models.

But all stock KLR650's do have an over-cooling issue in ambient temps below 70-80F. Have you noticed that the temp gauge normally hoovers at 1/8 - 1/4 scale when moving down the road? That's a mere 150-160F.

There is an improvement for that, called the Thermo-Bob 2. Designed by a gentleman in Scottsdale AZ. Quickly brings the engine & gauge up to a nice comfy 195F (mid-gauge) and helps hold it from dipping down into the basement. It would be even more desirable in Wisconsin.

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post #7 of 12 Old 04-04-2019, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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Good to hear about the over heating. I've read up on the thermabob mod and like most of the mod stuff, theres so much to consider! lol
The thermabob does seem like an important one though compared to the doohickey

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-04-2019, 07:40 PM
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I will suggest that in the Long Run, the EM Doo-Hickey & Torsion Spring is 10 times more important to the longevity of the KLR650 engine than proper operating temperature with the Thermo-Bob 2.

A broken engine balancer chain adjustment spring can instantly destroy an otherwise perfectly fine KLR650 engine, by being bounced UP into high speed rotating parts.
I didn't purchase a KLR650 to ride the flat, smooth pavement. Did You?

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post #9 of 12 Old 04-05-2019, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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lol, nope, in fact I was watching videos of people jumping the KLR because you know, I gotta get some air and some wheelies
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-05-2019, 05:40 PM
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lol, nope, in fact I was watching videos of people jumping the KLR because you know, I gotta get some air and some wheelies
This makes me curious… Does rough riding make 'hickey failure more likely?

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