2008 Kawasaki KLR 650
"Don't know any Aussies or mechanics down here" - can't you be an Aussie AND a mechanic? The doohickey issue is a real one - but only a change of spring is required...not the entire assembly. As for the thermabob - I think it depends where you live. I live somewhere so constantly warm I NEVER use the choke (AKA enricher) But if I had a KLR and lived in Montana...I would maybe consider it - but as someone said, "Just ride it"Don't know any Aussies or mechanics down here that install them. Our temps are as extreme as the northern hemisphere, possibly more hotter. From what I have been told and word of the dealerships down here, is that they don't fail down under. Must be how we ride the KLR, look after them and conditions we ride in. There was a old mechanic who worked for Kawasaki in Japan for years now lives in Melbourne who said it was Eagle Mike himself who started the rumour and built up the hype around swapping it out and the doohickey as well. Just making more business for himself. Just my two cents.