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Old 05-08-2012, 01:53 PM   #946
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Seat looks custom, so I'm no help there.

Look back over this thread. Some of us just re-routed the stock cables, some ordered the OEM short cables from Europe. There may be other Kawi cables that fit . . . I seem to recall info somewhere--maybe discussed somewhere in these pages.

There's also a Yahoo W650/W800 Group. When you join the group you get access to their files section--there's a wealth of valuable data there on just about any W650 topic you might wish--including lots on the handlebar switch.

Welcome to the Dubya Asylum! They're really nice bikes, aren't they?
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Old 05-08-2012, 02:35 PM   #947
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I bought aftermarket low bars and just used the existing cables, looks fine.

Used this, which is very close to the factory low bar bends: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...andlebars.aspx

As far as the seat, there are a few on Ebay such as this, but god knows what the shipping would be. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Kawasaki-W65...item3cb6a77c5b
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:01 PM   #948
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Yeah, I was looking at the Emgo Eurobars. I think I should have picked those up. I purchased the Bikemaster Superbike Bars. Hopefully they'll be suitable as well. I did not pickup shorter cables, so hopefully it's not too tricky to route it with the existing longer cables. I put a good 200 miles on the bike this weekend. I love it. I'm even starting to not mind the tall bars. Now it's mainly an aesthetic reason for swapping them. They're great for cruising on backroads, but as soon as I get on the highway, I find myself wishing I had much lower bars haha.

The next step now is a new seat and then eventually painting the tank. I think I'm going to remove the knee pads and badges, fill the knee pad bracket for a smooth subtle finish and try to find some old kawasaki decals. This might be blasphemy to some, but I don't really care for the knee pads. Has anyone tried this? I've seen a few custom versions of the tank and I think it looks great like that.

Has anyone checked out the Daytona Cozy seat from Japan.Webike.Net? A little on the pricey side, but it looks like the best option. I want a flat position where I feel more "in" the bike as opposed to "on top" of it. I like the cafe look, but I still want to be able to carry a passenger. Also, something a little more plush would be great. I'm finding the stock 2000 seat to have too dramatic a forward slant and very stiff.

http://japan.webike.net/products/527161.html
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Old 05-14-2012, 03:54 AM   #949
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I'd thought about knee pad removal as well. But--having put several thousand miles on the bike--I realize I use the pads a lot for control. Over bumps and braking hard I'll squeeze my knees against the pads, and in corners I'll put my knee hard against the outside (high) pad. Also use them to locate my butt in the seat in different places depending on what kind of silliness I'm up to. I've even decided I prefer the thick 2000 pads. They just fit my knees. YMMV.
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:09 PM   #950
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Chain

Hey guys,
So I bought my W with about 9700 miles on the clock and with what I presume to be the original chain. I never had to adjust it until relatively recently (shortly before putting it in winter storage I tightened it up a bit because it was getting loose enough to contact the exhaust crossover at times).

This weekend I took the W on a 2-day 600-mile Catskills ride two-up with a fully loaded top case during which the bike turned over 14,000 miles, then did 440 more miles after that.

Upon returning home and taking my first ride without earplugs, I heard a hollow metallic dragging sound. Investigation revealed that the chain had loosened up significantly to the point that it was basically laying on the exhaust crossover and rubbing across it when the bike/chain was in motion.

So am I correct in thinking that a rapidly stretching chain is a sign that I should be shopping for a replacement chain and sprockets sooner rather than later?
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:07 PM   #951
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Old fogey test: take the chain at the middle of the rear sprocket and pull it away from the teeth. if you can see daylight between the the sprocket and the chain you need to consider it well worn.If the chain pulls away at all I start to plan to change it. If the teeth on the sprockets are hooked and no longer straight then they are worn.
The official method involves checking how much slack you have on the lower run of the chain between sprockets at the tighest point on the chain (if it didn't have a tight and a loose spot the chain wouldn't work. Annoying but true).
I have found over the years that following the rule of changing chain and sprockets together produces longer lasting results. I got 42,000 miles out of my last chain on my heretical Bonneville. I use a Loobman oil flinging device (Aerostich) but that's another story. I tighten my chain a tiny amount when I feel the gears snatching in low speed around town riding. I am not very anal. I don't farkle, but I do try to ride a lot.
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:39 AM   #952
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There's also a Yahoo W650/W800 Group. When you join the group you get access to their files section--there's a wealth of valuable data there on just about any W650 topic you might wish--including lots on the handlebar switch.
Links to files and database sections at W650riders
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/W650riders/files/
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:35 AM   #953
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Adjusted the chain yesterday and gave it a good inspection - looks like it's definitely on the way out. I've ordered a replacement chain and sprockets from Kawasaki.

Also front brake pads are coming due so I've got a set of EBC HH on order.

Also coming up on the 15K service to include valve clearance check so prepare for a well-illustrated how-to post in the near future.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:21 AM   #954
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Also coming up on the 15K service to include valve clearance check so prepare for a well-illustrated how-to post in the near future.
Looking forward to your how to post on the valve adjustment.
Kinda surprised that your chain only lasted 15k miles.
I'm back in the mountains of NC for the summer where riding the W is sweet.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:55 AM   #955
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Ebc hh pads

Where did you order the EBC HH pads and what is the part number?
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:25 AM   #956
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Where did you order the EBC HH pads and what is the part number?
Amazon.com & FA231HH
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:46 AM   #957
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Thank you for the information!
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:42 PM   #958
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Also front brake pads are coming due so I've got a set of EBC HH on order.

Also coming up on the 15K service to include valve clearance check so prepare for a well-illustrated how-to post in the near future.
I put those brakes on at 1K miles, once they bedded in they made a noticeable improvement.

Looking forward to another of your great text/photo service threads.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:46 PM   #959
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I'll just put this out there as a standing offer, but if anyone has a set of stock W650 mufflers in good shape that they want to get rid of, hit me up. Mine have had the baffles removed by a PO and they are now a bit louder than I would really like. I'd love to restore it to stock without spending a fortune on new stock exhaust.

Thanks!

The good news, however, is that you apparently can still buy new OEM mufflers from Kawasaki! Just at $400 each.

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Old 05-20-2012, 06:49 AM   #960
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So I've ordered a new seat. Very pricey, but it's exactly the look I'm going for:

http://www.twinshack.co.uk/prods/1034.html

I tried to put some Bikemaster Superbike bars on yesterday and it didn't go so well. I need to get proper shims instead of little rubber strips that I was trying to use. I tried some local bike shops for "problem solver" 7/8" to 1" shims but they didn't have any. I'll probably pick some up online.

I also learned that I definitely want to buy the correct clutch/throttle cables as opposed to making it work with the stock ones. Does anyone know of where to source these from. The only place I've found them is Z-Power.co.uk. Just wasn't sure if there was a place in the US to grab them or if that was my best bet. Thanks very much!
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