Another former Blake bike

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by lkr57, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. lkr57

    lkr57 scooter trash

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    I bought Blake's W650. He and his wife came up from Parker today to deliver it. I've wanted one of these for a long time but they don't come up for sale very often, especially local ones. I read Blake's trip report about a month ago when he went to Las Vegas to get it, and thought that maybe in a year or two he might want to sell it. As it turned out, I didn't have to wait anywhere near that long!

    Here it is in my driveway (sorry it's just a crappy iPhone photo). It's a gorgeous bike and really fun to ride. I've owned quite a few bikes over the years but this one could become one of my all-time favorites.

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    So now Blake can go get the bike he really wanted - a ZRX1200. And I have a cool new bike to enjoy. A good deal for everyone! :D

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  2. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    Blake doesn't buy bikes, He just stores them till the proper owner can be found.:rofl
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  3. NMTrailboss

    NMTrailboss Team Dead End

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    :nod



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  4. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    does that mean I won't have to buy that Norton you're building for me?

    :thumb







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  5. norton(kel)

    norton(kel) vintage

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    You are the proper owner for that one:clap
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  6. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    Time will tell. :D
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  7. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    It was a little brisk riding up there, but I left nice and early so I could savor the ride and not make it a freeway blast. The good news is it had an SAE pigtail on the battery from the previous owner, so I could plug in and had heat when I needed it...which was most of the way.

    I took surface streets from Parker to Broomfield where we caught 287... it took an hour zig-zagging thru town and enjoying what would end up being the longest ride I took on the W in the short time I had it.

    What a great little bike, it's got a good home surrounded by some classics in the garage.
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  8. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    Blake, will you please <s>buy</s> store this bike for me?

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  9. Infracaninophile

    Infracaninophile Finding My Way..

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    Congrats. My wife had one of those for years and loved it. Corbin used to make a really nice seat for that bike. You can get it with the matching colors and it looks perfect and is comfy. The "ironing board" seat that came on the bike got tossed into the closet after the first 100 mile ride.

    Link to the Corbin Gunfighter seat but they also make a dual:

    http://www.corbin.com/kawasaki/w650g.shtml

    Her Bike:

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    Here's a gallery to my smugmug with pics of her old bike. She was able to source a windshield and pannier racks (from Europe) that she used with the really small Givi bags. That bike
    also had Hotgrips installed so heated grips are fine on the bike.


    http://vervaeke.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Gone-But-Not-Forgotten/2000-Kawasaki-W-650-Gone/69799_xVk9TK#!i=2420522&k=97XhHZJ

    Tom
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  10. Lomax

    Lomax Nanu-Nanu Adventurer

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    lkr57, Congratulations. :clap That is a great one. Even if Blake did let me ride it around the block. :lol3

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  11. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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  12. lkr57

    lkr57 scooter trash

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    Thanks guys! I'm excited about this one. :D

    I wonder if those pannier racks are still available? I've seen photos of the Givi E21 panniers and they look pretty good on these bikes. I saw some listed on fleabay but they were actually designed for the W800. Not sure if they would fit.

    My friend has a Corbin seat on his and it felt pretty good on the ten minute ride that I did. I had one on my Ducati 900SS and hated it though - like sitting on a block of concrete. I have a sheepskin pad I can use with the stock seat for now. I might see how that works for me...

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  13. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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  14. TinkerinWstuff

    TinkerinWstuff Take it apart

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  15. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA

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    Yeah Blake store one of these for me too please !!:lol3
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  16. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA

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    + 10 , excellent work done there .
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  17. Blakebird

    Blakebird Solo Backwardo

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    I've been to Steve's shop, was going to have a seat done for the 1200 Sport. The next bike that needs a seat will have it done by him.
    Very nice work. :nod
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  18. AKASY

    AKASY Noob

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    Yea that should happen in about a week or so:lol3
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  19. TinkerinWstuff

    TinkerinWstuff Take it apart

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    Don't want to hijack your thread so here is a link to my experience working with Steve and lots of pictures if you're interested.

    Sorry it's on a VFR site, hope the ADV gods will forgive me.

    http://vfrworld.com/forums/gear-accessories/40655-custom-tailored-motorcycle-seats.html#post380709

    Hope you enjoy your new bike. It's a great week to ride - watch the sandy corners!
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  20. Deano955

    Deano955 Insatiable

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    Great idea for a thread!

    Oh, and congrats to another Blake Bike owner :freaky
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