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Old 10-17-2010, 03:06 PM   #466
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Huh, Boeshield, never thought of using that. I use that on my woodworking tools to prevent corrosion. My local woodcraft sells it.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:03 PM   #467
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got one

have enjoyed reading all your posts. to paraphrase an earlier post, i've "pulled the trigger" and put a deposit down on a 00 W650 i found in Geneva. took a look at it last week and it's very clean, with 13K kilometers (about 8k miles).
i'm paying about a 25% premium compared to what you guys seem to pay for similar bikes in the states (like the pretty blue one a couple of posts up.) 6K swiss francs, or about 5.5K US$ (damn swiss franc keeps going up compared to the dollar and the euro). but they are hard to come by here on the continent, i've been looking on and off for about a year, and the swiss are notoriously good about caring for their stuff. it looks pretty stock except for a (small) plastic windshield, luggage rack, and one of those funny boxes on the back which i'll take off except when i go shopping. i guess that accounts for some of the price differential. will pick the bike up next wednesday and post pictures. kind of a goofy red color but oh well (i prefer the blue).
looking forward to the carb mods, moving the tail lights, and other adventures. don't know that i'll be riding it down skyline drive anytime soon (i usually rent a harley for that ride every summer when i go home to NoVa), but hope to have a nice time touring the lakes and mountains of switzerland. my little 125 just wasn't cutting the mustard anymore.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:32 AM   #468
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have enjoyed reading all your posts. to paraphrase an earlier post, i've "pulled the trigger" and put a deposit down on a 00 W650 i found in Geneva. took a look at it last week and it's very clean, with 13K kilometers (about 8k miles).
i'm paying about a 25% premium compared to what you guys seem to pay for similar bikes in the states (like the pretty blue one a couple of posts up.) 6K swiss francs, or about 5.5K US$ (damn swiss franc keeps going up compared to the dollar and the euro). but they are hard to come by here on the continent, i've been looking on and off for about a year, and the swiss are notoriously good about caring for their stuff. it looks pretty stock except for a (small) plastic windshield, luggage rack, and one of those funny boxes on the back which i'll take off except when i go shopping. i guess that accounts for some of the price differential. will pick the bike up next wednesday and post pictures. kind of a goofy red color but oh well (i prefer the blue).
looking forward to the carb mods, moving the tail lights, and other adventures. don't know that i'll be riding it down skyline drive anytime soon (i usually rent a harley for that ride every summer when i go home to NoVa), but hope to have a nice time touring the lakes and mountains of switzerland. my little 125 just wasn't cutting the mustard anymore.
Congrats! Living where you do, monsieur, you have a leg up on us in the States already - it's called culture. Even the bums and thugs have it. Sigh.... post up some pics of the new steed! Je voidrais bien le voire.
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Old 10-19-2010, 01:46 AM   #469
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what do these babies weigh?
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:10 AM   #470
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what do these babies weigh?
I think 430lbs. dry is the spec.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:24 AM   #471
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burgundy and cream

here are a few shots of my new W. took almost as long to figure out how to upload images here as it did to find the bike! hopefully the shots come out ok.

here's a shot of the handlebars. i know some of you have switched to these bars. I believe the flat bars come stock on bikes here in europe.
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/...0/eurobars.jpg

starboard aft shot. teeny weeny windshield and a humongous luggage case which can also work as a sissy bar.
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/...arboardaft.jpg

another starboard shot. i took these with my cell phone and all the shots of the port side came out really blurry.
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/...boardstern.jpg

rear end view. did i mention the luggage box was HUGE? hope to pick up the tags next week when i'm back in switzerland.
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/...earendview.jpg

last but not least, the bare essentials!
http://i1220.photobucket.com/albums/...0/kawasaki.jpg

looking forward to taking her out for a spin before it gets to cold!
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:35 AM   #472
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hmmm. i guess i screwed up. those links seem to work, but i had intended for the images to be embedded in the post. sorry. guess i did something wrong.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:46 AM   #473
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second try

hopefully this one works.

the eurobars


side view


another side view


lots of trunk space


tank and engine
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:56 AM   #474
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I have one of these I bought in July. VERY Enjoyable bike to ride. Always fun. Yours is in better shape then mine, though mine is very nice. Mine has 12K on it. I basically use it for local rides and such. I have three other bikes I take everywhere else. But it's so different then the others that I really enjoy it.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:10 PM   #475
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hopefully this one works.
Good job on figuring out the picture posting protocol. Your bike looks great with one exception. Just can't get over that thing on the rear. I know it's handy though. Tank bags look better on Dubya's IMHO. Also like the darker colors like yours over my blue / silver. Congratulations. They're fun bikes as people are finding out. From what I understand the key ingredient is fish oil.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:13 PM   #476
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Wd40?

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Huh, Boeshield, never thought of using that. I use that on my woodworking tools to prevent corrosion. My local woodcraft sells it.
After washing bikes I spray WD40 over the engine parts to keep any areas from rusting if I don't get it completely dry. Not sure if it's something that would work in your case or not. Using a soft rag it wipes off and helps clean really dirty areas as well.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:27 AM   #477
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you're right folmonty, i took the bag off the back (they call them "topcases" here) and it looks a lot better. that said i was glad to have it this week when i rode over to the neighborhood movenpick wine cellar and picked up a case of wine, it fit right in!
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:18 PM   #478
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you're right folmonty, i took the bag off the back (they call them "topcases" here) and it looks a lot better. that said i was glad to have it this week when i rode over to the neighborhood movenpick wine cellar and picked up a case of wine, it fit right in!
Ya got me on that one frogfeet. Problem for me when there's a spot to put something, my girl wants to fill it up Your cargo is much more practical although living next to Napa / Sonoma might be dangerous in our case (or bottle as it may be)!
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:22 PM   #479
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So earlier we were talking about corrosion and corrosion prevention. I decided to get a little bit of this for the stuff that was already corroding:



And a little bit of this to protect things from future corrosion:



The Finish Restorer is basically a mild polish in a paste. I tried some out on a couple areas that had a little corrosion on them (front edge of the kickstart lever, the cam drive tube) and HOLY CRAP this stuff works great! Didn't even have to put a lot of elbow grease into it. Rub it on, buff it off and bam, corrosion gone.

Time will tell how the Corrosion Protectant works. For a thin transparent coat, you spray it on a cloth and then rub it in where you want it. For long term storage though you can just spray it on the part and spread it around with a cloth and it leaves a waxy film. Easy enough, we'll see how it works.
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Old 10-31-2010, 05:30 AM   #480
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So earlier we were talking about corrosion and corrosion prevention. I decided to get a little bit of this for the stuff that was already corroding:



And a little bit of this to protect things from future corrosion:



The Finish Restorer is basically a mild polish in a paste. I tried some out on a couple areas that had a little corrosion on them (front edge of the kickstart lever, the cam drive tube) and HOLY CRAP this stuff works great! Didn't even have to put a lot of elbow grease into it. Rub it on, buff it off and bam, corrosion gone.

Time will tell how the Corrosion Protectant works. For a thin transparent coat, you spray it on a cloth and then rub it in where you want it. For long term storage though you can just spray it on the part and spread it around with a cloth and it leaves a waxy film. Easy enough, we'll see how it works.
I've used S100 products before, not those though, and have had good results.

I'd be very interested to see your long term report. Good luck!
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