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Old 12-12-2012, 04:19 PM   #796
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you have a problem . if the fluid is good, make sure its squirtin around. maybe a thermostadt is stuck or your pump is done working. you should run the needle straight up and down on your gauges, all the time after its warmed up.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:28 PM   #797
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also, you may be running way lean too. i think that causes over heating issues, nothing easier than looking at the sparkplug. hope that helps
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:07 PM   #798
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Brought home my new toy but at 50 mph and 45 degrees the temp guage runs in the red. Fluid is fine. Do the klr250 s run hot normaly?
Check both oil and coolant levels, and BURP your bike (run engine with radiator cap OFF 'til thermostat opens and coolant circulates awhile, dispelling all air bubbles and pockets in the radiator and plumbing).

Does FAN come on when temperature gauge goes up? If not, may need to check wiring (not sure whether all KLR250's had fan fuses or not), fan relay, thermal switch.

If fan operates normally, and too-high operating temperatures remain, could be a water pump problem. Of course, check for intake air leaks, if excessively fuel-lean operation is suspected.

In my experience, KLR250 isn't inclined to run hot; at idle in the summer, fan kicks in and stabilizes things. Yet, I've not experienced that "middle of the gauge" position for the needle for very long intervals; the excursion of the temperature gauge needle remains a continuing operational characteristic of my '03. Yet, as long as the temperature stays within safe limits, what? ME worry?

Bottom line, don't think KLR250's ordinarily run hot; if yours does, looks to me like something's amiss.

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Old 12-12-2012, 05:36 PM   #799
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Not too bad...
Ground for fan is loose. Fan not operating. Follow the fan wires, you'll find it under the tank.

Pretty bad...
Blown head gasket.

Really bad...
Coral snake in coolant hose blocking flow.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:05 PM   #800
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You riding that with other traffic on snowy roads?

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Old 12-12-2012, 06:10 PM   #801
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just put a little walmart smileyface sticker over the coolant gauge and move on.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:39 PM   #802
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sidestand probs

Does anybody know where I could get a clamp on or bolt on sidestand for my 1987 KLR250? the old ole was broken off at the frame. maybe any universal stands that work, i cant seem to find any that arent model specific and im getting really tired of leaning on a tree. Thank you in advance.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:13 AM   #803
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:16 AM   #804
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:44 PM   #805
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I have a Cobra slip-on for a KLR250 for sale. See Fleamarket post here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=848837

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Old 12-16-2012, 12:40 PM   #806
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Can someone point me to where the thermostate and water pump are on the 250. My running hot issue is not the fan since it ran hot at speed on a 17 mile ride home. I will start witht the therm assuming that is the cheaper option.

Also what manuals are good for the 250. I have a Clymer for my 650 but dont know what manuals exist for the 97 250
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #807
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Can someone point me to where the thermostate and water pump are on the 250. My running hot issue is not the fan since it ran hot at speed on a 17 mile ride home. I will start witht the therm assuming that is the cheaper option.

Also what manuals are good for the 250. I have a Clymer for my 650 but dont know what manuals exist for the 97 250
How hot is, "hot?" Is the coolant boiling? Where is the temperature gauge needle when you consider it, "hot?"

Kawasaki service manuals for the KLR250 consist of the "base" manual, the KLR600 (yeah, that's right KLR600) manual and the KLR250 supplement.

In my view, you might substitute the Clymer KLR650 manual for the KLR600 manual, but . . . some interpolation would be required; you still need the KLR250 Service Manual Supplement.

If you have a Clymer, the water pump and thermostat occupy essentially identical positions on KLR250 and KLR650, if I'm not mistaken.

Kawasaki service manuals can be purchased through a dealer, or directly from Kawasaki, if I'm not mistaken.

Essential minimum manuals (KLR600 manual substituted by Clymer book):

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Old 12-16-2012, 04:33 PM   #808
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As XDragRacer said, thermostat and water pump are in the same spot as the KLR650, and I believe the thermostat is the same part.



The water pump functions the same, but some parts are different. The biggest is the oil pump seal, which is a total PITA to do. High recommend being careful taking the clutch cover off.

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Old 12-17-2012, 04:47 PM   #809
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got the new exhaust on at the weekend before a sinus infection and sore throat stopped play. No idea what it sounds like as there is no gas in the bike. The bike seems to be looking kinda like beepers



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Old 12-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #810
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Also put some led turn lights on and a led brake light bar. Not sure about the turn signals as they dont seem that bright. Ordered another different set so we will see how they turn out.

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