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post #1 of 8 Old 04-15-2019, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hello KLR riders,
I just bought a 2011 KLR 650 (9,400 miles) a month ago and I'm getting geared up and trying to learn all I need to know in order to have the best experience.
My bike has the doohickey update already and a better muffler but no other mods.
Do you feel like the thermo-bob is crucial or?
I do plan to ride some of the TAT later this Fall.
Many thanks,
Frank
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-15-2019, 04:19 PM
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Frank, The Thermo-Bob is a very worth-while investment IMHO. It brings the factory TOO Cold & Un-steady engine temp from the factory 160F (bottom 1/4 of the gauge) up to a Very Steady & Beneficial (in several ways) 195F temp very quickly (middle of the gauge).

From there, the radiator & cooling fan on the Gen 2 units pretty much hold that 195F temp regardless of ambient temps.

Have you read this yet? https://www.klrforum.com/introductio...kes-avoid.html

Welcome to the forum & ride safe.
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The sponge bob mod is well documented and explained on the wattman site. It simply passes all tests on an intuitive level and it's a very easy modification to make.

Hopefully, you're a member of GARTRA (Georgia Recreational Trail Riders Association); great organization, does so much good, hard work promoting dual sports in Georgia. Forest cleanups, trail maintenance, etc. Their primo event...The Hooch...is coming up June 8-9 north of you at Two Wheels of Suches. There are currently openings, but a 150 rider forestry imposed limit. See you there if you go....

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Thanks PD,
Sounds like I need to get that installed for sure.
I appreciate your insight.
I've been to Pinedale a couple of times, hiking and fishing in the Winds.
Beautiful State.
Thanks again,
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Bill,
That is very helpful. I will check out the links and see about participating.
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Bill,
That is very helpful. I will check out the links and see about participating.
Thanks for the information and welcome.
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Frank, The Thermo-Bob is a very worth-while investment IMHO. It brings the factory TOO Cold & Un-steady engine temp from the factory 160F (bottom 1/4 of the gauge) up to a Very Steady & Beneficial (in several ways) 195F temp very quickly (middle of the gauge).

From there, the radiator & cooling fan on the Gen 2 units pretty much hold that 195F temp regardless of ambient temps.

Have you read this yet? https://www.klrforum.com/introductio...kes-avoid.html

Welcome to the forum & ride safe.
I concur with the thermobob being a very good modification to add longevity. These bikes, while durable can be made much more so by running at a constant and proper temperature.

http://watt-man.com/uploads/TB_Testing.pdf

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Do you feel like the thermo-bob is crucial....
"Critical" no way, it's better for the engine long term but your bike will run fine without it. I've done many of the mods and I'd say that none of them really made me say "WOW".

At your mileage, the Dohickey would be on my mind while riding and you say your's has been done so other than that I'd ride it. If I added some stuff it would be Oxford heated grips, LED lights (so I had that power to run the gear), luggage and stuff that make riding the bike more comfortable to ride FOR ME / NOT IT! I'd buy heat! Jackets, socks and gloves. A good pair of riding pants too. A Sena Bluetooth headset, maybe a GPS or just a phone mount, a EMGO trunk that I'd plaster up with some extra LED lights on it's side and rear (red side markers, brake and tail lights). A skid plate if riding off road! A sprocket change it I was riding mostly trail or mostly Interstate. OH! GAS!!!

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