Kawasaki W800

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by A Knight Who Says Ni, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Teckel

    Teckel Road Captain

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    Love the paint job on the tank. But why the pipe wrap?
  2. Muruk59

    Muruk59 Adventurer

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    Where sis you source the rack for your bike from Dan, looking for one myself :-)
    Cheers
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  3. calamarichris

    calamarichris Been here awhile

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    +1 The W800 has dual-walled header pipes too, right? Wrapping them will only retain the heat enough to make the outer layer of the headers discolor. (And if you're looking for additional horsepower from "scavenging", maybe it's time to get a 600 I-4.

    I'm curious if there really is a good reason to wrap them though.
  4. kjone64

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    Why is there always controversy about the wrap? It does absolutely nothing. No positives or negatives, but only costs a few bucks to add a bit of character and I like the titanium look on the black engine.
  5. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Alright ! +1 !!:freaky
  6. Flydream

    Flydream King of the Atlantic

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    +1:d
  7. Just Dan

    Just Dan Bugger, Burnt toast

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    The rack i have came from German ebay. http://tinyurl.com/mvrkngnIf If I was going to buy a new rack, I would prefer a rentec one, as it lower than mine. When you put top box on it. My top box is high and way back.

    I have only just got back from being on the road and living off W800 for a few weeks.

    Goes anywhere a R80gs can go. Surprising easily.

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    The blingy bits on my W800 have to be useful.

    CNC sump guard
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    Gazi rear shocks with compression and rebound. Plus adjustable ride height

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  8. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    At Cape Jervis with Ed and Don, Kangaroo Island in the background. Managed to miss the rain for most of the day and did a bit over 300km for the run.

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  9. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    I installed an EJK EFI tuner a week or so back, and have done about 500km with it so far. It comes pre-configured with a "Stage 1" setup - basically only an increase in the "acceleration" fuelling - but it can easily be tweaked significantly across "cruise", "acceleration" and "full throttle", plus the rev ranges where the shifts in fuelling take place. It also comes with an O2 sensor plug which sets the O2 rate for the factory EFI unit at a constant value, just like the Xieds on Sportsters.

    My W800 currently has no changes apart from modified final baffle tubes but even with the standard setup it makes a noticeable difference. Like the Xieds on my Sportster, it makes idle to 2500rpm running much smoother - the bike will also pull cleanly in top from 1500rpm now (no I don't ride like that, testing only) and the extra bit of fuel does make the acceleration a tad quicker and smoother. So far the fuel usage hasn't changed from the previous tank averages over the same sorts of riding conditions including a couple of hundred km of caning it through the Hills. I bought it with the intention of putting a Staintune or BEET full system on at some point, but installed it on the standard bike first out of curiosity. Around $300 shipped from the USA, takes 10 minutes to install and can be reset to factory specs in seconds or even tuned while riding if you mount the controller panel somewhere accessible.
  10. Flydream

    Flydream King of the Atlantic

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    New modif.

    Remus exhaust:evil
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  11. Flydream

    Flydream King of the Atlantic

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  12. lloydpb

    lloydpb Adventurer

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    Collected my 2011 W800 today. Had a great ride back along most of the A272 and really enjoyed it. Great torque, great handling and a pleasure to ride.

    A couple of pics below - 1 when I got home with the windshield on it, and one after I had removed the windshield. I will try it without tomorrow, Actually I think I will get the matching bikini cowl - if anyone has one fitted can you let me know what they are like to ride with please?

    Lloyd.

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  13. Speedo66

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    Nice bike, looks great.

    Why does Japan shun us? :D
  14. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    Quick update on the EJK tuner. I have put around 1000km with it on the bike now and the tuner is worth the money in my opinion. It has made no difference to the fuel economy and in fact it might be slightly better; 72mpg (Imperial) on a recent whole-tank country road run, mid 60's in town. I have knocked the acceleration setting back to 4.5 from 5.5 (as shipped pre-configured for the bike, 3 is stock W800) as I felt it was a bit rich under 4500rpm. As mentioned before the O2 sensor plug has made the low end a lot smoother and cleaner and the extra fuel under throttle does make for quicker pickup and the bike feels a lot livelier. No odd side effects have come up, fuelling appears perfect, idle and starting is just as before although the annoyingly lengthy time the cold start auto fast-idle runs for does seem to be significantly shortened.

    And greetings to you Lloyd. You'll love the bike, a lot of fun, a "real bike" and they are very robust. Met another w800 rider at the tyre shop the other day with over 80,000km on his (hi Bart, we'll get to KI one day.)
  15. folmonty

    folmonty Been here awhile

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    To Just Dan, you're a true ADV Rider!
    PS - that sump guard is a nice bit of work. The oil filter actually fits underneath it? Kaw should design the W into a scrambler model IMO.
  16. drcooke

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    Hi, 1st of all, I am a newcomer. I've owned a 2011 W800 for 3 yrs now, but dd not put many miles on it. Now I have decided to make some mods and already ordered front and rear fenders and those badges. They seem to be fully flat, how did you stick them on? did you need to bend them beforehand?

    Next step will be saddle, front light and tank paint. Exhaust just at the end of the process.

    Well, thanks for any input and happy to have found the group

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  17. Flydream

    Flydream King of the Atlantic

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    Welcome to our small group:freaky

    I use this product ...
    http://www.archiproducts.com/en/pro...pattex-sp-101-instant-tack-henkel-italia.html
    That's a kind of glue+silicone+rubber, all together.
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    Yes, they are very easy to bend , but go slowly ...

    Good luck with your mods:thumb and keep sending pics
  18. Teckel

    Teckel Road Captain

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    We are not worthy.

    During the time the w650 was here, sales were so poor the bikes sat on sales floors for years and finally had to sell at cost or just slightly above. I bought mine as a leftover which had sat on the dealer's floor for 2 years. It was costing them money to sit there every month so I got it at a bargain.

    I think kawasaki got butt hurt by this and decided we weren't gonna get the shiny new toy. :cry

    But you knew this already, right? :D
  19. drcooke

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  20. Flydream

    Flydream King of the Atlantic

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    :shog