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Old 08-05-2010, 03:08 PM   #391
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Did the front brakes today, easiest brake job I've ever done. Thanks for the info.

Unbolted brake line from fork, unbolted the caliper, spread the pads, removed the old pads. Moved the little sheet metal anti-rattle plate from the old pad to the new, installed new EBC HH pads, put a small dab of anti-seize compound on the pin and the slider, bolted back up.

I think the total time was literally less than 10 minutes, including returning tools to their proper places and washing up.

Anybody, and I mean anybody, can do this. Only tools needed are 8 mm and 12mm wrenches or sockets, and a screwdriver to spread the old pads apart. Don't forget to pump the front brake lever a few times to restore pad contact before you take the bike out.

If you are considering new brakes, don't bother with the expense or hassle of a dealer.

Edit 8/6/10: Took the bike out today. No special break in, but the pads are already stopping better than the stock ones. I expect them to get even better as they bed in and transfer material to the rotor. For $35 this is a no brainer.
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Old 08-05-2010, 04:04 PM   #392
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:40 PM   #393
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Beautiful bike! It looks better than the new Bonnie.
I agree! What a crime it was discontinued.
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:51 PM   #394
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Having done the front brakes about a week and a half ago, they are even better now that they have worked in a little.

I've been riding the bike almost every day and I'm pleased to report that the EBC HH pads have made a very noticeable and positive difference in the stopping ability of the bike.

If you haven't already done so, I recommend changing to these pads. Easy, inexpensive job with a big payoff.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:02 PM   #395
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Anyone notice any pinging in hot weather? I'm running the stock exhaust and air cleaners and get pinging on hot days between 2500-4200 rpm. Switching to premium didn't make a difference.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:20 AM   #396
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Anyone notice any pinging in hot weather? I'm running the stock exhaust and air cleaners and get pinging on hot days between 2500-4200 rpm. Switching to premium didn't make a difference.
I got caught in heavy Manhattan traffic on a super hot day and noticed a little pinging just on initial takeoff from a light.

Other than that one incident I've had no problems with it.

Maybe the timing needs to be checked to be sure it's correct.

Accelerating gently while it's happening is recommended.
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Old 08-17-2010, 03:55 PM   #397
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This motor seems to shed heat well overall but being that it is air-cooled without an oil cooler, stop and go stuff on a really hot day could get interesting.

I've never heard pinging in regular use, even on hot days, so far (and I use 87 octane). With electronic ignition, I doubt the ignition timing is adjustable on this bike.

Perhaps you have some carbon buildup in the cylinders that some fuel system cleaner and a good Italian tune-up would fix?
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:17 PM   #398
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Thanks for the comments. The pinging gets worse in stop and go traffic, but is present even on country roads in that rpm zone. I'm wondering whether I need to go up one size main jet, but there is no popping on deceleration that would indicate a lean condition and the plugs are brown. The bike's only done just under 12,000 miles, but maybe it's worth running some fuel system cleaner through it.

On a side note, has anyone had the face on their tach bubble up? Mine did in a couple places the other day when it was really hot out. When I stopped by a Kwak shop, a 2000 W650 they had in the showroom had the same problem. I think that might be the real reason why they changed the angle of the instruments from 2001.
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:16 AM   #399
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Thanks for the comments. The pinging gets worse in stop and go traffic, but is present even on country roads in that rpm zone. I'm wondering whether I need to go up one size main jet, but there is no popping on deceleration that would indicate a lean condition and the plugs are brown. The bike's only done just under 12,000 miles, but maybe it's worth running some fuel system cleaner through it.

On a side note, has anyone had the face on their tach bubble up? Mine did in a couple places the other day when it was really hot out. When I stopped by a Kwak shop, a 2000 W650 they had in the showroom had the same problem. I think that might be the real reason why they changed the angle of the instruments from 2001.
The popping I believe is due to a smog system on the bike. People talk about stuffing the tubes with marbles to block it.

I did the Capt. Jake shim mod and that seems to have cured any lean condition. The bike starts and runs better when cold then it did before the mod. Also no flat spots. I also did his mixture screw mod. See his mods here: http://www.captainjakes.com/w650/shi...shimming.shtml
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:54 AM   #400
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Cap'n Jake is Da Man . . . . .

Those mods did nice things for my dubya too.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:29 AM   #401
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new guy here, havent owned a motorcycle since i was 12, im now 35. I know someone who is selling a 2001 w650 w/ 3500 miles on it, garage kept. They are asking $4000, is this a good deal? It has bags and a windshield on it, i would like to sell those for and put the money towards the scambler exhaust, and then put some scrambler type bars on it. I just want something to ride to and from work when the weather is nice, which down here in Mississippi, is about 8 months out of the year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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The popping I believe is due to a smog system on the bike. People talk about stuffing the tubes with marbles to block it.

I did the Capt. Jake shim mod and that seems to have cured any lean condition. The bike starts and runs better when cold then it did before the mod. Also no flat spots. I also did his mixture screw mod. See his mods here: http://www.captainjakes.com/w650/shi...shimming.shtml
Thanks for the info. Mine doesn't pop at all but I will check into the shimming to see if that cures what's causing the pinging.
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new guy here, havent owned a motorcycle since i was 12, im now 35. I know someone who is selling a 2001 w650 w/ 3500 miles on it, garage kept. They are asking $4000, is this a good deal? It has bags and a windshield on it, i would like to sell those for and put the money towards the scambler exhaust, and then put some scrambler type bars on it. I just want something to ride to and from work when the weather is nice, which down here in Mississippi, is about 8 months out of the year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
That price is a little better than average for the mileage, condition, and accessories. But, and this is a big but, W650s (and the '01 is the preferred model because of the updates) are not that easy to find. If you like the bike, grab it.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:58 PM   #404
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Just got a new pair of grips for the W and like the looks of them.

They're replicas of the tapered larger towards the middle from both ends grips that used to come on all the Brit bikes, and like those grips, are cushioned with air trapped inside the segments to absorb vibration.

Paid $13.50 delivered off Ebay.

They're an EMGO product, part # is 42-28700.

Should have them installed soon, and will report how they actually feel.
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Old 08-25-2010, 03:03 PM   #405
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I remember those grips from my ancient BSA. They're nice--I'm interested in how they feel on the Dub. Thanks!
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