Thoughts on Thermo Bob.
I am fully aware of the debate about the necessity of a TB. And I believe it is probably not necessary. But I do think it is a good idea with sound engineering to back it. And I do want to get as many miles out of my KLR as I can. And, like I've said, I got real sick of staring at the temp gauge that never moved until I was stuck in traffic.
First thought: It was not a real easy install. Based on what I'd read, I was expecting it to be easier. Mark helped me out a lot, and we got it on without any real problems, but it wasn't "easy" (Thanks VP). The instructions have great pics, but were a little confusing in some parts. Still better than most instructions.
OK, bear in mind that I got new tires on Friday. Changed the oil and filter and did the TB on Sunday. (Also taped off half the L mod). Here are my impressions. I fully expect that some of you will think I'm overzealous and that may be. I always feel like my bike runs better after an oil change anyway. But I rode about an hour on the freeway last night. Normal 45 into work, stop and go today. Here's what I notice:
1) It does what it says it will do. The temp gauge sits about a third of the way up (just covering the bottom of the screw) no matter what. Even going 80 on the freeway in the cold.
2) My bike has always been rock steady:
5th gear, 5K rpm=70mph
2nd gear, 4K rpm=25 mph
(I know these well, cause I don't like tickets)
Now, it is still rock steady, but:
5th gear, 5K rpm=80mph
2nd gear, 3K rpm=25 mph
3) The engine sounds better. Happier. Like it is swimming in warm oil as it should be.
The biggest change other than the rpm's is that I cruised 80 all the way home last night (yeah, I know, tickets...it was freaking cold and I was tired). Anyway, it felt smoother, the throttle response seemed better. The install was a pain in the ass and hurt my head. Others probably won't have this problem. Am I glad I did it? So far, hell yeah.
I'd be curious if others had the same results. Oh, and it made me better looking (I know, seems impossible).
Final thoughts, the TB is a nicely machined piece. It is a tight fit. I think it is worth doing. $115 and an afternoon wrenching? Even if I get 5K more miles out of the engine, well worth it.
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2008 KLR 650
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