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Old 07-15-2012, 05:00 AM   #1096
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I know of an '01 W650 available in NY with 3200 miles. PM me if you're interested.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:39 AM   #1097
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I went out to the bike yesterday to just make sure that everything is ready to go once the tank arrives and it turns out that the rubber boots from the carburetor to the airbox were very loosely installed, not making a complete seal around the carburetor. It must have been like this for 500 miles since I had been riding the bike. This would definitely explain the engine shutting off when I pulled in the clutch on the freeway. I've got them snug on the carb now, so we'll see once I get the tank on.
After I got my bike it suddenly started acting up and doing flame outs from the exhaust due to the intake rubbers being perished, small looking cracks went all the way through due to the bike being out in the weather for long times.
Replaced them and
Sorry, I cant help with removing the stripped drain screws tho.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:49 AM   #1098
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Here's the photos of scottpoley's bike, passed to me for posting. Very nice job on the paint, I'd say. I like the way it looks!





It does look good but I think a stylish W sticker on the tank is needed.
I want that rear fender/tail light setup on my bike
I notice that cylinder 2 looks to be running lean, you can see the blue on the exhaust which is not happening with cylinder 1.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:54 AM   #1099
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It does look good but I think a stylish W sticker on the tank is needed.
I want that rear fender/tail light setup on my bike
I notice that cylinder 2 looks to be running lean, you can see the blue on the exhaust which is not happening with cylinder 1.
They both look like they have blue on them to me.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:16 AM   #1100
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I early on did the two Cap't Jake carb mods (unfortunately, one video seems to be gone from the net), which consisted of drilling out the screw blocks and readjusting the mixture screws a few turns out, and shimming the needle jets.

These mods made a big difference in warm up time, initially staying lite in extremely cold weather, and driveability.

I now have 5,500 miles on the bike, and not a hint of blue on the pipes. Not sure if the mods were 100% responsible, but they couldn't have hurt since they did richen up the mixture.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:46 AM   #1101
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I made the same two carb mods. The bike ran great, but the mileage was worse-not unexpected.

So I played with the air screws-now about 3 1/4 turns out. I also removed one of the two shims from each needle. The old gal still runs great, and is back to 45 mpg in town and 55+ out on the road.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:58 AM   #1102
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They both look like they have blue on them to me.
It should not happen at all. They are double wall pipes and they only blue when you let the bike idle for to long.

My W never blued and I've seen one with 30K + miles and no bluing.

The bike in question may have aftermarket single wall pipes, like fishpipes, who knows.
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:59 AM   #1103
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I made the same two carb mods. The bike ran great, but the mileage was worse-not unexpected.

So I played with the air screws-now about 3 1/4 turns out. I also removed one of the two shims from each needle. The old gal still runs great, and is back to 45 mpg in town and 55+ out on the road.
I went to 3 turns out from 3.5 to get back to 60 MPG here in the mountains of WNC. Carbs are stock otherwise.
Runs very good.
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Old 07-17-2012, 07:15 PM   #1104
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Tires?

Hey Barnone - What tires are you running? I'm in need of new ones for the W, but am looking for a little more dual sport than the BT45's. Also, how are you liking the Leatherlyke bags? Thanks,

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Old 07-17-2012, 08:26 PM   #1105
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I'm running Avon Distanzia's which are a mild (90-10) dual sport tire so are good on the pavement and ok on the gravel.
Rear 120/80S-18 ,Front 100/90H-19

The Leatherlyke bags are holding up just fine and are very handy for hauling stuff but are kinda pricey. I really like hard bags on a bike.





And the trailer add more stuff (nasty garbage) capacity.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:35 PM   #1106
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I've read of people running 120/90-18's, but not 120/80-18's. Have you noticed any differeces coming from the stock 130/80-18? Lower ride height, speedo error, etc? Anyone running these?



Heidenau K60's. A little more aggressive than I think I'll need on the W650, but they do come in a 120/90-18, and run about $110 for the rear. Supposed to get pretty good mileage.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:57 AM   #1107
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Nomad,
You will just have to make your own tire decision. Again I say the Distanzias handle just fine on my W but I am not recommending any tire. Unlike some "experts" on the internet I am not capable of doing a scientific tire test. I did scrape the foot peg feeler yesterday but usually ride at probably 50%.

I went thought this tire size issue last year in this thread and said
"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."

Regarding speedometer error, I had (and still have) a 16 tooth front sprocket on the bike when I had the stock tire on the bike and that change almost completely corrected the speedometer error on my W. Checking with the new Distanzias on my W last year using my GPS showed the speedometer was almost still about right on.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:41 AM   #1108
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Observation / Question:

Every fall when I put my W650 away for the winter I drain the carbs. Every spring I have to clean the idle jets as they are partially clogged (learned to do this w/o removing the carbs. Anyone else with this problem?

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Old 07-18-2012, 07:58 AM   #1109
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I can't wait for my wife's W650 to show up on Monday. It has just under 10,000 miles, and looks showroom new.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:08 PM   #1110
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Every fall when I put my W650 away for the winter I drain the carbs. Every spring I have to clean the idle jets as they are partially clogged (learned to do this w/o removing the carbs. Anyone else with this problem?

Bob
It may not be the recommended thing to do re: oil, but when I park the W for the winter, in addition to throwing a float charger on it and adding blue Marine Sta-Bil, I also start it every week or so for 30 seconds to a minute to keep fuel moving through the carbs. So far no carb problems.

As far as DS tires, I have to say I'm so thrilled with this bike I wouldn't want to take a chance damaging it off road. I have a small DS for that. Since it appears there will be no more of these, with not even the W800 coming here, I tend to safeguard it. I'll ride it hard on road at times, but leave it at that.
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