New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by The Jerk, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Intimidated? You had the fastest, best handling, best looking bike there. :D You should have put in ear plugs to drown out the racket, and rejoiced in your coolness. :rofl
  2. Duelsporter

    Duelsporter Been here awhile

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    I've ridden the W on quite a few group rides with the (mostly) Harley crowd. After we get over the usual "Nice Triumph" comments, they are usually very complimentary.
  3. Burninator

    Burninator Zed's dead

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    It's getting to be cold and rainy on my morning commute and it has me thinking about a little wind protection. The three that come to mind:

    Dart Flyscreen
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    Kawasaki Quarter Fairing (w650shop.de)
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    The Dart looks good, and is reasonably priced but I doubt it would offer much in the way of wind deflection or weather protection. Any owners care to weigh in?

    The quarter fairing looks awesome, very BMW S fairing like. Might offer better protection, but at 855 euros plus shipping!! Not going to happen.

    Anyone have any thoughts on this POS Chinese fairing:
    EMGO Viper Cafe Fairing
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    Any other suggestions. I would like it if the fairing looked awesome like the previous three, or was easily removable if not so awesome looking, i.e. Parabellum. Thanks!
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  4. Spike77

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    Hey all...at almost 56 I find I require something more comfortable for extended riding. Having said that, I'll be trading my 2000 W even up for a 2003 Concours in the next few days. However, I am hanging onto my hard bags. Here's a link with pics and info:

    http://www.leatherlyke.com/products/catalog/cruiser-saddlebags-w650

    Before I put them in the flea market or eBay, does anyone here want to make me an offer? PM me or look in my profile for my email. Please don't lowball me and make your offer serious. I'll sell them below what I paid, but I will not give them away...
    Thanks

    Spike
  5. husqzilla

    husqzilla Been here awhile

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    I had a set of Hepco & Becker bags on my W which is now in the hands of a new owner. He took the bike. I still have the bags and racks. Here's how they looked on it:

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    I left the turn signals mounted as stock. It was a tight fit, but I lived with it OK for a couple of years. As to the rear fender cracking issue I drilled two holes through the license plate and bolted a pair of clamps on the horizontal H&B support to the license plate. The clamps had a rubber coating which may have helped ever so slightly to dampen vibes, and I also had a piece of rubber hose on the horizontal bar to cushion the license plate. This way the end of the rear fender is stabilized relative to the H&B rack.

    Here's a shot from underneath looking rearward:

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    My thought was that if the end of the fender could not move, i.e. not wag like the tail of a dog, then the fender would not crack.
  6. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I'll be trading my beloved '03 Concours for a '00 W650 in a couple of days. My riding habits have changed to more local riding and less LD riding, and the W has enthralled me.


    Hi, Spike.:wave
  7. Penderic

    Penderic Format C:/u

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    Re: Viper fairing.. I got one on my bike and I really like it, compared to the barn door touring type I had on for a little while. I dont know about the smaller Dart windscreen but the Viper works very well for its size.... nice smooth air and you can duck behind the cutout if it rains. No helmet buffeting either. Another bonus is that it is a quiet fairing.

    And its really cheap! But the plastic and screen are good - those parts are nicely made in my opinion.

    The only major problem with it is the cheap hardware included its primitive - two rough brackets that attach to the headlight mounts - I cleaned mine up and fabricated another 2 brackets to hold the fairing better.... solid now!

    It was a cheap gamble but I decided to keep and upgrade it - I trimmed the bottom corners and repainted it. I may even get a spare and try painting some color panels / pinstriping on it to match/accent my bike!

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    Guys, I really like your W650s - lovely looking standards!

    I looked for one years ago but without success.
  8. Speedo66

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    I had the factory fly screen on my Suzuki '00 SV650 naked, very similar to the Dart.

    It worked surprisingly well to break the wind to your chest, and make highway trips much less tiring. You weren't fighting the wind to stay on the bike at elevated speeds. I thought it was worthwhile, also didn't disturb the looks of the bike too much.
  9. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Been here awhile

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    +1 on what he said.

    I used the National Cycle flyscreen on my W: http://www.nationalcycle.com/catalogue/Flyscreen.shtml

    Here is a photo, though it's not very close, it should give you an idea:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16883417&postcount=2
  10. Spike77

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    Howdy AlanCT!
    See you Saturday.
  11. Duelsporter

    Duelsporter Been here awhile

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    I have had the Dart flyscreen on my W650 for probably 10 years (see picture). While it does cut a good deal of the wind off your chest, for me it creates some turbulance right at the helmet level. Not enough to be annoying, but I can stand up 6 inches or so and I'm in a much smoother windstream. I basically just like the way it looks.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

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  12. pjz

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    Duelsporter, I am in complete agreement with you on the Dart Flyscreen. Very nice bike, by the way. If you really plan to do winter commuting, this is probably not the shield you want or need. For mid-day, 35 F and above, it is not too bad and it looks great with the lines of the bike.

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  13. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Well, you never know how a group of Harley riders are going to react to one of them "jap bikes" LOL.

    But hey, many of them did start out their riding on something similar or their remembering their dads having an old Triumph or BSA growing up.
  14. pjz

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    The W is always a great ice-breaker.

    peter
  15. Burninator

    Burninator Zed's dead

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    Thanks everyone for the information on windscreens. This may sound silly, but one of the best parts of owning this bike is this forum / thread. Every time I think about selling and buying something else, I wonder if there would be a forum as helpful for the new bike.:freaky
  16. Speedo66

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    All this talk of fly screens got me thinking, usually bad news for my wallet. :D

    Before I sold it, I had tried my SV650 naked factory fly screen on my W, fit perfectly.

    So, today I look on Ebay, and a bike dealer just happened to have a new in the box SV650 factory screen with a "buy it now" price of $51 OBO, + $12 postage, total $63 delivered. I think I paid $118 for mine at the time.

    Didn't even put an offer in, just grabbed it. :clap This one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/251347351664?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
  17. orsurf76

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    Had a little break in the weather today, so took a long ride to lunch.
    Enjoying the new (to me, from Desce) Corbin seat. Much more comfortable in general, though I'm getting more vibration traveling up into my eyeballs, compared to the '01 OEM seat. I did switch to low bars about the same time, so that's two variable involved in a better riding position.

    Also the first ride with a pair of Emgo Eurosport mirrors. I liked that they were rectangular, black and low--they seemed to be a little wider than the stock ones. Not quite wide enough and really cheap (well, they were really cheap). Very light weight, transmitting lots of vibration.
    So don't buy those, if you were thinking about it.
  18. AlanCT

    AlanCT The Byronic Man

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    I just acquired a W650 in a trade! :clap


    Is there a manual available for it? I don't see a Clymer or Haynes listed anywhere.
  19. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    I was able to get both the Kawasaki Service Manual and Owner's Manual from a dealer, though that was three or four years ago. You could check on-line to see if they're available.
    The Service Manual is pretty good.
  20. Speedo66

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    There are always several factory manuals for sale on Ebay for under $40.