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Old 03-26-2010, 07:03 AM   #211
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I have the z-power bars. I like them, partly because the idea of shims on handlebars seems kind of kludgey to me. I did get some bar-ends because the stock mirrors show nothing but my elbows with the low bars, and I didn't buy the mirrors from Z-power.



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Old 03-26-2010, 08:22 AM   #212
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The Z-Power bars look pretty good. How much do they affect the riding position? I mean I like the upright position from stock but I recognize that for more comfortable highway riding it needs to bring you into a bit more of a forward lean position.

The other thing I don't like about the stock bars is that because of the severe pullback, the grips are at weird angles to your hands. It's not very ergonomic on longer rides. Looks like the Z-Power bars don't have that issue.

Are the Z-Power bars already drilled for the throttle and clutch perch locating pins?
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:47 AM   #213
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BikeMaster Bars

I installed a BikeMaster bar that looks about like the Z-Bar. That height will be much better at speed on the highway as it provides a little more forward lean. Conversely, at low speeds in the 'hood, there is a little more weight on my wrists.

Having had stock (way too high) drag (too low for my aging body) and the BikeMaster/Z-Bar imitations, I prefer the latter hands down. Best so far IMHO.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:59 AM   #214
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The Z-Power bars look pretty good. How much do they affect the riding position? I mean I like the upright position from stock but I recognize that for more comfortable highway riding it needs to bring you into a bit more of a forward lean position.

The other thing I don't like about the stock bars is that because of the severe pullback, the grips are at weird angles to your hands. It's not very ergonomic on longer rides. Looks like the Z-Power bars don't have that issue.

Are the Z-Power bars already drilled for the throttle and clutch perch locating pins?
I did the full Z-Power conversion on my W. Came with the appropriate shorter cables, longer mirrors and of couse the bars. It was a factory kit available from Kawasaki in Japan but not available in the US. Pre-drilled ready to go.

Changed the riding position to just right. A little more lean into the wind, a better angle for your wrists and less weight on your butt. 100% improvement!

I also added a small flyscreen which helped even more. See post # 15, you can see the screen and the lower rise of the bars.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:02 AM   #215
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Yes, they are pre-drilled. They are OEM for euro spec W650s--Z-power is just selling a Kawasaki part that we can't get here. Everything fits, no shimming the bars at the clamp, no drilling for locator pins. The one thing I did notice is more vibration through the bars than the stockers, but that might be my thin replacement grips.

I find the pullback to be quite comfortable, and the weight distribution on the bike is better. They also change the handling characteristics of the bike, I seem to have a better feel for the front-end. They are also quite a bit narrower. I don't feel like a sail anymore on the highway.

I'm not a distance rider, so I can't speak to long-range comfort.
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:13 PM   #216
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Ok so who's got pics of themselves on their Z-Power-equipped W650 so I can see what the riding position is like?

I'm guessing there is not a supplier for this kit in the U.S.? The exhange rate is kind of a killer for getting the kit from Z-Power in the UK.
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Old 03-26-2010, 02:28 PM   #217
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OK, go to your local m/c shop, look at the Tucker Rocky catalog, order the BikeMaster bars of your choice for around $25 or so, and drill the holes yourself. You can either build up shims like many have here, or install bicycle shims (see a previous post of mine-post 168 in this thread). All the methods work, and whatever items you have to buy will benefit your local retailer. Cheap, and a win-win all around.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:42 AM   #218
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Didn't know if this thread has been linked to an old one I made but i fgured it should. I did some fairly extensive modifications that can all be done at minimal expense. has a lot to do with intake, exhaust, and jetting.
I need to update it since I've made a few more modifications and should put it on for completeness sake
anyways here it is
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=483579
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:16 AM   #219
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Just decided to take a look at this thread....WOW...That is a very good looking bike! Nice find....
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:08 AM   #220
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W650 on FleaBay

There is a nice W650 right now on Fleabay, located in Florida. If I didn't already have 5 bikes I would try to buy it.
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:06 AM   #221
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Another one in Louisiana on Craigslist. Something like $2250 and it doesn't look too bad at all. Helluva bargain for someone.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:57 PM   #222
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There is a nice W650 right now on Fleabay, located in Florida. If I didn't already have 5 bikes I would try to buy it.
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'Nother one here on Craigslist in El Paso for only $2500.

That's a steal.
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:16 PM   #223
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Finally got to register and ride my 190 mile '01 W650.

Wow! This bike is sweet. I put 110 miles on today, but it's still not broken in yet. Supposed to keep the revs to 4K for the first 500 miles, then to 6K for the next 500. Going to try and put another 100 miles on tomorrow.

Nice sound from the pipes, and minimal vibration, but what surprised me was how nice it takes the curves. I went up to Bear Mt Park in NY and round 7 Lakes Drive, which has a lot of tight curves. The bike leans over very easily, and holds it's line. Reminded me of the SV650 I used to have. I don't know the limits of the stock tires, but I was amazed at the lean angles I was getting with it.

Another thing that amazed me was the gas mileage. I filled up before I started, and then when I finished, both at the same station. I got 58.3 MPG. Checked it twice on the calculator because I thought I'd made a mistake. I'm lucky if I get 40 MPG on my SV1000, 38 is the usual.

What it doesn't do well is take big bumps. Have to look into front springs and rear shocks. Brakes could use a little help too, so HH pads are in order.

Anybody have one they've done suspension work on?
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:02 PM   #224
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Suspension

I've put Hagon's on the rear. Better damping. They help. Have Racetech springs and emulators for the front but haven't had time to install . . . .

The fork oil in mine (with 5K miles) was like gray soup. A simple oil change helped a lot--but I still ordered the Racetech parts. They helped a bunch on my WeeStrom so I'm confident they'll do some good at least.
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:08 PM   #225
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Hagons will transform the ride. What a difference.
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