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Old 04-26-2010, 08:29 PM   #271
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Very simple: remove the tank. Find the cylindrical device sitting just on top of the valve cover. That's the air injection valve. It's got two big hoses going to it and one small vacuum hose going to it. Place a marble in the big hose that runs from the rear of that valve to the airbox. If you want to be double sure, place another marble in the other big hose that runs from the side of the valve to the exhaust ports.

The mixture is not affected because the air injection happens in the exhaust ports after the exhaust valves. The purpose of the air injection is to put a little extra air into the exhaust to burn off any unburned fuel that may have made it out of the cylinders.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:12 AM   #272
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First W'ride of the season.
Pretty warm today, almost 15 C = 60 F.
Other bikes temporarily unavailable, I dragged the W out of the garage.
Took longer to start than previous years but no big problem.
Didn't blow up despite my DIY valve adjustments!

Had great fun in the twisties, new Avon Roadriders felt very good. Hard to make comparisons as the old BT45s were very worn and it's been months since my last W'ride.

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Old 04-27-2010, 01:30 PM   #273
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First W'ride of the season.
Pretty warm today, almost 15 C = 60 F.
Other bikes temporarily unavailable, I dragged the W out of the garage.
Took longer to start than previous years but no big problem.
Didn't blow up despite my DIY valve adjustments!

Had great fun in the twisties, new Avon Roadriders felt very good. Hard to make comparisons as the old BT45s were very worn and it's been months since my last W'ride.

Beautiful!

Is that the German alloy tank?

More pictures please of the seat, pipes, etc.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:42 AM   #274
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Is that the German alloy tank?
Yes, the Goldstar style tank from W650shop.

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Old 04-28-2010, 02:41 PM   #275
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Yes, the Goldstar style tank from W650shop.

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How many gallons of fuel does it hold and about how many US dollars is it? The only complaint I have about my W is the fuel range. Beautiful motorcycle you have there.
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Old 04-28-2010, 04:42 PM   #276
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Yes, the Goldstar style tank from W650shop.

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Finn,

Thanks for the photos, beautiful bike.

Are the rearsets from the same place?

Very nice indeed.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:50 AM   #277
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How many gallons of fuel does it hold and about how many US dollars is it? Beautiful motorcycle you have there
Thanks. Says 17 litres on the W650 Shop pages. 745 euros = $986 at the current xchange rate Plus shipping and any taxes/duties...
I usually fill it after about 300 km = 185 miles. Once I rode 350 km = 215 mls and ran out. Switched to reserve only to find out I had none although I could see and hear gas sloshing around in the tank. I recall it took 14 or 15 litres so there is some "inaccessible" fuel in there, the petcock is too high in the tank I guess or something.
I keep meaning to look into it but I'm happy with the range so I haven't gotten around to it yet...

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beautiful bike.
Are the rearsets from the same place?
Thanks. Rearsets are by BEET, had to order them from Japan (rather complicated).
W650shop has Raask rearsets that are much more "radical", more suitable for a longer tank and a seat set further back, with clipons etc.
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:07 PM   #278
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got lucky...

Hi folks,

I also managed to purchase a W650 in a pretty decent condition (9600 miles) this week.
Unfortunately, it didn't come with the owner's manual
I was able to retrieve a service manual, but it would be great to have the owner's manual as well.
Does anybody has a .pdf version of it by any chance?
That would be fantastic!

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Old 04-30-2010, 03:54 AM   #279
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I don't have a PDF version, but I think print versions are still available through Kawasaki. I ordered an owners and a maintenance manual when I picked my dubya up last spring.
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Old 05-02-2010, 01:35 PM   #280
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Time For New Bars

Well, I gave it a try, 500 miles to see how the much maligned stock bars were.

Conclusion: they suck. Way too high, and too far back. I'm fighting the wind and using too much energy at highway speeds just to stay on. I've also had a backache or two I would attribute to the too upright position which puts every jolt right up your spine.

The clincher was today when I traded bikes with a friend who had an '80s era GPZ 550. It's riding position seemed perfect, getting back on the W650 seemed like I was climbing on one of those antique bikes where the bars come way back to meet you.

Did some research last night on the dimensions of the lower bars Kawasaki eventually gave the European market, and the closest ones I could find to those were, fittingly enough, the Bikemaster European bars from Motorcycle-Superstore.

$22, cheap enough, and I also ordered a 4" round chrome grill horn for $13 which was said to be 113dbl.

I'll have to make or buy 4 sets of spacers to fill the gaps of the 7/8" bars at the controls and the pinch bolts where they fasten on the bike.

Ride report to follow installation.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:49 PM   #281
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Spacers are available from bicycle stores. Quality Bicycle Parts (a wholesaler) carries BMX spacers that are ridged aluminum and perfectly fill the gap between 7/8" and 1". They're cheap and secure.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:01 PM   #282
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Spacers are available from bicycle stores. Quality Bicycle Parts (a wholesaler) carries BMX spacers that are ridged aluminum and perfectly fill the gap between 7/8" and 1". They're cheap and secure.
Thanks, I''ll try the local bike store.
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:55 PM   #283
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If you completely run out of gas, the right side still had about a quart. Lean the bike WAY over to the left and that gas will slosh over.

I use the BikeMaster Superbike bars. Perfecto, but I found the shorter cables from Z-Master are better appearance-wise.

The German tank does hold a little more gas, but you have to cut about an inch off the front of the stock seat. I just peeled back the cover and used a wood saw to cut it off. Gorilla Tape holds anything the remaining cover) in place forever.

I made spacers out of aluminium tubing I had laying around.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:07 AM   #284
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Spacers are available from bicycle stores. Quality Bicycle Parts (a wholesaler) carries BMX spacers that are ridged aluminum and perfectly fill the gap between 7/8" and 1". They're cheap and secure.
If you know, about what should they cost?

Everything in Westchester co. is generally over priced, and I'm looking for a baseline.
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:33 AM   #285
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The German tank does hold a little more gas, but you have to cut about an inch off the front of the stock seat.
The tank I have is a direct replacement for the original so no seat mods required. It's the only model currently offered by W650 Shop.
I seem to recall there used to be a longer tank also available, and shorter seats to go with it. But they are no longer listed.
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