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Old 06-25-2013, 07:20 AM   #1966
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I find the Triumph badging tasteless (and stupid).

Hmmm. I agree. I don't mind changing tanks and/or removing badges, but to pass off a perfectly good Dubya as something else to those who don't know them . . .
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:24 AM   #1967
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What's with all of these pristine W's for sale? I want to find one that is a rat (for cheap) so that I can scramblerize it. Mine is too nice to mess with.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:50 AM   #1968
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:07 AM   #1969
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Give her a buzz, I think hers is for sale...

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:30 AM   #1970
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There are 4 currently for sale in the SF Bay Area.
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:24 PM   #1971
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Front turn signal wires

Dumb question. 2001 USA W650
Right front turn signal. Wires are as follows:
Red with blue stripe
Grey
Black with yellow stripe

Which is flasher, negative and positive?

Also, if I have a dual filament light, can I use it in the back where it's has 1?
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Old 06-29-2013, 02:18 PM   #1972
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Dumb question. 2001 USA W650
Right front turn signal. Wires are as follows:
Red with blue stripe
Grey
Black with yellow stripe

Which is flasher, negative and positive?

Also, if I have a dual filament light, can I use it in the back where it's has 1?
Black/Yellow is ground, Grey is flasher positive, Red/Blue is running light positive. On the left side Green is flasher positive, the others are same as right side.

Dual filament bulb will not fit in single filament socket, the pins are spaced differently.
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:16 PM   #1973
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Dumb question. 2001 USA W650
Right front turn signal. Wires are as follows:
Red with blue stripe
Grey
Black with yellow stripe

Which is flasher, negative and positive?

Also, if I have a dual filament light, can I use it in the back where it's has 1?
If you get a set of front turn signals you can run them on the back. Or get a set of dual filament aftermarket ones. Just tap into the tail light wire and power each with that in addition to the regular wires. I do that on mine with clear lens and red nail polish on the bulbs.

The rear running lights give you a little more presence at night.
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:29 AM   #1974
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Pacific Northwest W-Rally, June 29-30

Well, I have to confess I was a little late trying to arrange a W650 get-together/mini rally up here in the Best Part Of The Continent, the Pacific Northwet. Not that it's wet at the moment; the Great Western Heat Wave has finally arrived and we're seeing temps as high as the mid-80's

The final tally of folks who were able to make was a grand total of three riders, Ed from Bellingham, Ruari from Victoria, and me, from Silverdale. We were joined by Ed's lovely wife Jane and my long suffering bride of 38 years Robin, aka SweetBird to some. Gathered on our patio for pre-barbeque libations are left to right, Ruari, Jane, Ed, and Robin.




And a "wee dram" for the evening following a visit to a local brewery and a conversation with a Guzzi rider. Ruari's of Scottish descent, and my father emigrated from the Lowlands as a wee pup.



A gathering of Dubya's in the garage. I was hoping there'd be some motorcycle conjugal bliss overnight and we'd find one or two infant W650's that we could nurse to adulthood, but it was not to be. Apparently all of our bikes are of the same gender. Which gender, I'm really not certain . . . .



Early the nest morning at the crack of 0900, the Manly Men are gathered and ready for run up Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.



Had to stop for a potential potty break here, at the S'Klallam wayside and development at the foot of Sequim Bay. It's pretty cool to see three Dubya's of three different stock colors, the blue/silver of my US 2000, the green/cream of Ed's 2001, and the gorgeous maroon/cream of Ruari's Canadian 2000. Plus, he's put Posh pipes on his, and done a few other things like replace the turn signals, change to low bars (as have I), bar end mirrors, etc. Three quite lovely machines.



We'd gassed up near Poulsbo, so no reason to stop in Port Angeles; up through the park entrance. Ed and I both sport the official "Old Fart Inter-Agency Pass" and get in essentially for free. Ruari as the resident foreigner in our midst is forced to pay the full monte daily fees . . . .



The road up Hurricane Ridge is a splendid piece of engineering, spoiled only by a low speed limit and far too many cars on a fine Sunday morning. But where there's a will, some will find a way and by waiting judiciously after a line of cars has passed we can experience a clear and open stretch of road for several miles. Plus Ruari's got a modulator on his headlight and I discovered later that apparently some inexperienced cagers believe a modulating standard headlight must mean "pull over, fool." A little wave and on we go . . . .

Ruari



Ed



Fabulous scenery. In the far distance through the mid-morning haze lies Mt. Baker.




Of course the real reason for choosing Hurricane Ridge on a clear day, over the wealth of other roads in northwest Washington state, is the stunning views of the whole Olympic range from the road's end.






Ed and The Bikes



Ruari and The Snowbank



Ruari graciously (I think) offered to snap my photo too. Should put my hat on though. . . .




Mt. Olympus in the far background.




Mt. Olympus again, the tallest peak in the far backgound. The Olympic range is just inland of the coast and takes the brunt of all the Pacific storms. The Hoh Rainforest on the far side of Olympus can get almost 180" of rain a year. Such clear weather up here is a real treat.




From an overlook to the north, we can see back towards Victoria across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Canadian Cascades. Sequim, just to the northeast of the Olympics, gets 10" - 15" of rain a year, a forceful demonstration of the rain shadow effect!



As I understand it, the Park authorities frown on viewing this as Venison, preferring to keep the little critter's around for the many tourists to see (including us today). Luckily, none of the forest rats bounded across the highway in front of us today . . .



Back in Port Angeles, a late lunch with our Better Halves. The Next Door Gastro Pub. The fish tacos were delicious . . . .





A truly fine day and ride, and a delightful group of people. We talked and decided we'd like to do this sort of thing again. Bellingham and a run up Mt. Baker?? Victoria and a tour of Vancouver Island??

Stick around and find out--and come to the next PNW Wrally!!!



(A line-up of helmets all displaying the Ruari-designed W Sticker)
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:20 AM   #1975
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Hey, thanks for the ride... report !!

Nice bunch... I still think Ruari's the coolest guy... A Belstaff Trialmaster and a MODIFIED w !! Now that's cool said I !!
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:32 AM   #1976
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Well, its a leather Belstaff, Trialmaster pattern . . .
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:37 PM   #1977
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Unfaithful thoughts...

I know, I know, I'm a bastard. My wife tells me all the time. We can't pass a pretty thing without me nearly breaking my neck to get a good look. I confessed today that I'd been having thoughts of straying. There are three options in my mind.

1) Smoking hot brunette at the gym

2) Honda CB 1100

3) Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

As far as my wife is concerned, adding any of the 3 to our current life would mean no more wife, or no more w650. She has a one bike, one woman policy as it applies to me. With that said, I've ruled out one of the choices. Went and sat on the Honda today. Looks well put together, but man is that thing a pig! Very heavy, although the weight is carried low. I wouldn't trade the w650 for the CB, let alone pay 3 times as much for the CB.

As for the other two choices, I'm going to see if I can get a test ride first. I'm pretty sure the Guzzi would be cheaper in the long run.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:21 PM   #1978
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Front Fork Brace

Finally posting some pictures of the latest mod to my W650, thanks to my sons Fathers Day present to me, both members of this forum (Thanks Guys!). It's a front fork brace made by SuperBrace and it works very well. I can really notice the change in turning control at high speeds; much quicker. The front end feels "heavy'; I know it sounds strange but it is a good thing - like it's locked in on rails. I have had the bike out quite a few times after installing it and it really makes a difference. The front end just feels more solid. The fit and finish on the brace is great, and it took virtually minutes to install.

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Old 07-03-2013, 06:17 AM   #1979
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Interesting. Where did you get that?
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