Join Date: May 2006
Location: Ellensburg, Wa, Washington, USA
I love my KLR 650, the water cooled, "street fighter-dual sport-poor man's adventure ride- gotta run to the store for a loaf of bread vehicle!" But, being water-cooled, she sometimes runs too cold in the winter air of central Washington State. Never warms up. Rings don't seat, valves have a hard time, whatever.... I can buy a thermostat-mod that solves the problem -- runs about $150, but, $150 buys a lot of gas....or ski equipment....or Christmas presents for my Red. I had heard that other KLR-ers solve the problem with home-made radiator shields. Time to improvise.....
I cut a sheet of heavy cardboard, leaving a push-pull adjustment tab and covered the whole thing with my most utilized material -- duct tape! -- and shoved it between the radiator protector and the radiator itself..... works perfect..... I adjust by pulling it up, or shoving it down, even on the move (!), and thereby keep the heat needle about 1/3 to 1/2 dial...... bike now purrs like a stoned kitten!
I love simple, me!
First name: Mel (Red\'s: Sandy)
"It's a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you might be swept off to." (Bilbo Baggins)