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Old 02-29-2012, 02:17 PM   #856
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Low bar kit

Came home today and found a box at my front door from the W650 Shop. My low bar kit is here. I was looking over everything in the box and I have a question for any one that has done this mod. The brake line looks short it is 31 inchs long , does this sound right? If it is I'll be good to go as soon as I get the EBC rotor and HH pads.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #857
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Thanks Barnone. That picture looks like what I have.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:21 PM   #858
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Came home today and found a box at my front door from the W650 Shop. My low bar kit is here. I was looking over everything in the box and I have a question for any one that has done this mod. The brake line looks short it is 31 inchs long , does this sound right? If it is I'll be good to go as soon as I get the EBC rotor and HH pads.
Don't worry, it'll be just right once you get those low bars on.
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Old 03-03-2012, 02:27 PM   #859
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Been getting a lot of flack about putting a smaller rear tire on my W650.
Stock is a 130/80-18 vs the new Distanzia which is a 120/80-18.
The web sites of each tire manufacturer say the diameter is 26.2".
I should have taken a photo of the two tires side by side before I installed the new tire on the bike but didn't do it. The new tire was about an inch taller than the old tire but the old tire had about 4500 miles on it so I suspect that the diameter is the same when both are new.

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Old 03-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #860
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Distanzias

Hey Barnone -

I think those Distanzias are an incredible idea! How does it ride? How does it handle?

I have a mile or do of dirt road on my commute, & my Battle Axes wander all over the place (of course). I'm glad to know that those tires will fit - may go that way next set.

How do they wear on the highway?

Have fun with that - looks like a good set up...
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:54 PM   #861
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I agree--those Distanzia's could be the cat's meow for folks who do a lot of gravel/crappy road riding. They look good on your Dub.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:57 PM   #862
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I only have about 400 miles on the Distanzias so don't know about the wear on the W but the handling on the pavement is good. I did have them on my now gone XT225 for five years or so with no wear issue on the hard pavement. They seemed to do just fine on the gravel but gravel riding is like riding on ball bearings.

I won't do any gravel riding until I return to the mountains of NC in May.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:55 AM   #863
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Just picked up a 2000 w650 last month. I'm planning on doing mods already and have some ???s. I want to change out the tank knee pads to thinner ones. I heard the 2001 or 2002 ones are thinner? If they are 2002 or later then where did ya'll get yours, since the W was only in the US for 2000-2001.

Other things planning on doing is getting smaller lights all around, chopping the fenders, doing something about the seat, got a jet kit from dynojet already (install when have time), and a two into one exhaust. Any one know where to get a two into one that comes out the right/throttle side?....I've seen some pics with this set up with a Super Trapp.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:59 AM   #864
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Just picked up a 2000 w650 last month. I'm planning on doing mods already and have some ???s. I want to change out the tank knee pads to thinner ones. I heard the 2001 or 2002 ones are thinner? If they are 2002 or later then where did ya'll get yours, since the W was only in the US for 2000-2001.
2001 pads are thinner, much more comfortable and what you're looking for.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:39 AM   #865
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Just purchased a set of 2001 knee pads from The w650 shop . They were 85 euros plus shipping. They are much nicer then the knee pads on a 2000.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:23 PM   #866
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Just purchased a set of 2001 knee pads from The w650 shop . They were 85 euros plus shipping. They are much nicer then the knee pads on a 2000.
Why didn't you purchase them here in the states? Part # 51061-1057 and 51061-1058
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Old 03-08-2012, 02:26 PM   #867
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Back ordered every place I looked including all the on line places and kawasaki dealer parts deptment. If you have better luck let me know.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:40 AM   #868
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Been getting a lot of flack about putting a smaller rear tire on my W650.
Stock is a 130/80-18 vs the new Distanzia which is a 120/80-18.
The web sites of each tire manufacturer say the diameter is 26.2".
I should have taken a photo of the two tires side by side before I installed the new tire on the bike but didn't do it. The new tire was about an inch taller than the old tire but the old tire had about 4500 miles on it so I suspect that the diameter is the same when both are new.

Anyway to show the difference in diameter
1. Put the W up on the center stand.
2. Let the air out of the new tire but that did not change the diameter.

Tire dimensions apply to tires mounted and inflated on properly sized rims. Your comparison of an unmounted to a mounted tire is interesting but not really valid. Not criticizing you as I think the Avon is a good choice for an all-purpose tire. For my W650 I am considering the Dunlop classic tires as fitted to the new W800.
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:05 AM   #869
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Tire dimensions apply to tires mounted and inflated on properly sized rims. Your comparison of an unmounted to a mounted tire is interesting but not really valid. Not criticizing you as I think the Avon is a good choice for an all-purpose tire. For my W650 I am considering the Dunlop classic tire as fitted to the new W800.
As I said in my thread, I noticed the same size difference when both tires were not mounted on a rim.

Also the old tire was smaller in diameter (due to wear) than the new tire when the old tire was mounted and inflated on properly sized rim. I stood the old tire when it was still on the rim against the new tire not on a rim and the new tire was larger in diameter. These tires have very stiff side walls.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:40 PM   #870
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For my W650 I am considering the Dunlop classic tires as fitted to the new W800.
That's the Dunlop Roadmaster K81 TT100 GP. It isn't the standard K81, but the classic road racer version of the tyre. Very sticky for an 'old school' tyre and handles very well. I bought the W800 new last week and have put around 2500km on it so far and there is no discernible wear yet but other W800 owners have commented that the rears don't last all that long (~5-6000km) due to the sticky rubber. 32F/34R max in any of those old style tyres, by the way. I'll probably put K70s on my W800 soon as I do a lot of gravel riding and the TT100 gets a bit slippery.
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