New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Looks like a mechanical front brake to me.
    I guess you could ride it but my knees would be up in the air above my butt.
    It is a well done job for sure.
  2. Duelsporter

    Duelsporter Been here awhile

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    Beuatiful bike, but it looks like the only "W" part is the motor!
  3. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    That phat front tire will change the handling. For better or worse, don't know, but suspect it will change the turn-in considerably.

    You're right--the paint work is gorgeous--takes a real artist to execute like that. You're also right--your ass will be somewhere around your ankles. I'm too dang old for that stuff . . . . :lol3

    Yeah, boring, I know . . . . :1drink
  4. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Unfortunately that isn't my bike. :cry It was built by Gravel Crew; one of my favorite custom motorcycle shops out of Japan. Not sure I could bring myself to chop a perfectly good W either but I do think that it's a fine example of what a custom W can look like. Me? I would ride that thing across the country but I can admit that a choice like that wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea.

    I don't currently own a W but I would love to tag along an a group ride even if it is just to be "camera bitch". :D
  5. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    What? No W issues? I'm back in SWFL for the winter. How about a W650 get together in South Florida sometime soon? Bike week?
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  6. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Looks like you've got lots of camping space . . . . :D







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  7. Pigford

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    Although my W650 runs good (16,000 miles on the clock) it suffers from the standard set-up running LEAN :huh

    Now this is no real BIG deal - I bought the bike to use as a daily rider, no fuss - but as I've a long history of modding & building bikes I wanted to get it running clean and sweet as possible.

    The emissions crap was removed soon as I got the bike, along with the tool kit which is prone to restricting the airbox. I don't intend to mess with different pipes or air filters as I just want to ride this baby. Soooooooo, I went ahead and got a JET KIT off "6 Sigma Racing" via eBay.

    The great thing about you Americans is that anything related to engines & power is where its at :evil

    Anyhow, this weekend I intend to give the bike a full going over - new plugs, oil & filter, set valve clearances and fit the JET kit - so if anyones interested how it turns out..... I'll be doing a report with a few photo's chucked in. This won't be a full talk-thru' with "how to remove the fuel tank" - coz if someone can't do the simple bits, they should NOT be messing about with valves and carbs :deal

    Gonna be getting stuck in tomorrow.......... LATER :D
  8. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Cool. Look forward to your results. :ear
  9. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Pigford,
    Is a before and after dyno run possible? Or a 0-60 MPH stop watch timing comparison? Also before and after MPG numbers?
  10. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Errrrrrrrr, No............. No............. Yes :evil

    Just to reiterate - this is just to get a sweeter running bike - not for performance, as this bike ain't built for that, so even if it is a bit slower, thirstier, I'm not too worried, so long as it feels better.

    This afternoon I changed the plugs to Denso Iridium (IU24) and whilst doing that noticed the HT leads were loose in the HT caps :huh So I swapped them out for some decent copper wire silicon leads.

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    The 6 Sigma jet kei came with a set of 6 x small shims (washers) and 2 x plastic shims for the needles - larger pilot jets,2 x #38 - and 3 x pairs of main jets, 122.5, 127.5, 132.5 - also a couple of drill bits to remove the pilot screw cap and drill an additional hole in the slide (for faster movement) plus a few pages of instructions.

    I fitted the 38 pilot jets (standard is #35), set the pilot screws to 3-turns out (was 2.25) and fitted the 122.5 mains instead of the standard 113's.

    Whilst all this was off I checked the valve clearances and they were all within limit, except the r/hand exhaust which were both a bit over 0.20mm. Clearances tend to close up over time, as the seat/valve face wears, so I'll leave them as this is better than too tight.

    I did take some photo's - but my camera phone has gone wrong and only saved the above photo :huh

    Couple of tips:

    1; The coil needs removing to get the cam cover off.......

    2; When taking the cam cover off - apart from going carefully so as not to damage the rubber gasket.... there are 2 x location pins at the rear - be careful they don't fall out and get lost (or fall in the engine).

    I did have one bit of hassle.... :cry The front bolt holding the gear cover on was corroded and sheared off...... so I had to drill it out. I was very careful and working my way up in drill bit sizes and managed to re-tap the thread to clear the remains of the drilled bolt and alls good - so I use lots of Copperslip on re-assembly :deal

    Dark and cold by the time I'd finished so will be carrying out a "seat-of-the-pants" test ride tomorrow !
  11. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Hi everyone! I just picked up a 2000 W650 two weeks ago! It had 7022 when I bought it from my neighbor.

    Hipstergram pic! :D

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  12. ORexpat

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    Sweet bike! Welcome to the zoo . . . . :clap
  13. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    OK - just been on a test ride after fitting the 6-Sigma jet kit................. I can confirm that it does what is says on the tin :clap


    RECAP: I fitted the 38 pilot jets (standard is #35), set the pilot screws to 3-turns out (was 2.25) and fitted the 122.5 mains instead of the standard 113's & 2 x metal shims under each needle.

    Starts easy, can shut choke off much quicker and idles nice and sweet. I set the pilot screws to 3 x turns out, so may need some fine tuning, but not far out.

    Bike picks up better and holds part-throttle much nicer - more willing and smoother. Acceleration is about the same, but the bike feels more at ease and glitch-free :wink:

    As the bike is still standard (air filter & pipes) the top end (full throttle), although smooth enough, feels a tad "fluffy" ..... but it may be my imagination as I've only done around 10 miles - mainly town riding :huh

    Will report back when I've managed a few hundred miles and done an accurate mpg check :deal
  14. 929bladerunner

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    I just bought a nice, low mileage 2004 model, nice bikes - I would upload a photo but can't remember how?
  15. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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  17. 929bladerunner

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    Thank you if this works...........

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  18. Bar None

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    Very nice W you have there. Like that color.
  19. ORexpat

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    Agree with BN. I like the low bars too. Much better for me than the higher bars standard in the US. Those who run with a large windscreen likely find the high bars to be good, though.

    Nice color, too. :clap
  20. 929bladerunner

    929bladerunner Adventurer

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    Thanks guys, really nice bikes - I have admired them for quite a while now but finally got hold of one. Heard of the dodgy rear mudguard so I've already reinforced it with some stainless steel strips and relocated the rear turn indicators...they look better further back in my opinion anyway :clap