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Old 10-11-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

EDIT - Links to how-to tutorials buried in the thread:

Installing Kawasaki Euro low-bar kit
Installing Five Stars luggage rack
Removing the carburetors
Installing Race Tech springs & cartridge emulators
Replacing the rear fender
Installing the Hepco & Becker rear rack
Removing the Kawasaki Clean Air (KCA) air injection system
Removal and Replacement of the Battery
Replacing the Fuel Hoses
Changing the Oil

So the other weekend I picked up a '00 W650 in incredible condition. I first got a chance to ride one of these about a year ago when I helped a friend of mine buy one and ever since then I knew I would own one. In fact, I had already taken possession of my ex-'07 Scrambler at the time I first rode the W650 and even at that time I knew the W650 was the bike I should have bought instead of the Scrambler.

I sold the Scrambler earlier this year and hadn't planned on picking up another bike anytime in the immediate future but it turned out that this one became available, was the only W650 color scheme I was interested in, it was relatively local, and it was mint, so I had to jump on it as these bikes are not that easy to find and are even harder to find in stock unmolested condition which is what I was looking for.

My goal for this thread is for it to become as much of a resource for the W650 as my Tiger 1050 thread is for the Tiger. It seems online resources for W650 info are few and far between out there, no doubt due to the relatively small amount of these bikes that are in the U.S.

So here's the porn:

First, this is the condition of the bike when I went to go look at it (and actually got a test ride without even asking!):

And the following week, the happy buyer picking it up:

Then my friend Alicia and I went immediately to Van Sant airport for a glider ride and some guy parked his old Triumph right next to my W650 for a convenient photo op:

I took the following pics yesterday before taking it apart to get the carbs out (more on that later):

I love riding this bike. It has a really great feel to it. It's a 360 degree crank but it's counterbalanced. They dialed in just enough vibration to make it feel like a twin but not enough to rattle your fillings or put your hands to sleep. The exhaust sounds fantastic. The PO had punched the baffles out a bit on the stock exhaust so it's a bit louder than stock but it's a great tone. It's very quiet at idle. You only really hear it when you get on the throttle under load. However I think the bafflectomy has contributed to a lean condition (manifested mostly as a slight lean surge on steady throttle especially when the engine is cold) which I tried to address yesterday with some success but I think a re-jet is going to be in order. Will address that in a separate post to this thread.

I love the way the bike looks, I love the way it sounds, I love the way it rides, I love the bevel gear cam drive, I love the kickstarter. This bike just pushes my buttons.

I plan to keep it pretty much stock. I think I will have to re-jet as mentioned above. I've added on my E-ZPass holder and hard-wired in a Zumo mount. I've also added the Five Stars luggage rack available from Twisted Throttle which also mounts my Givi top case that I use on the Tiger.
I will also add a Powerlet outlet to power my Motopump kit's tire pump.

Soon I'll put up a pictorial "how to remove the carbs" post. That was my project yesterday.
2000 Kawasaki W650

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