New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the opinion. That is exactly what I was thinking. One can only ask for a "collectors" premium if the bike is totally stock or at least has all the stock parts with it. Looking all over now, I see that many are asking 5K or greater though. Even in the mid 6's, which is what they cost new...nuts:eek1. And this is suppose to be the slow time of the year for selling bikes!

    Quite honestly, I am looking for a bike to ride vs collect. If I can't pick up a nice W for 4K I will probably look elsewhere. The pre-08 Bonnies have decent proportions with their smaller tanks. The kink in the exhaust is just a huge visual drawback. Even that look like it can be mitigated though. I've seen nice '07 T100's in the 5k range.
  2. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    Prices on ones I've seen on craigslist or ebay are a little nutty, but they're still out there for sale - so folks are willing to wait for someone to bite.

    I got this for $3800 this last weekend. ($3700 plus $100 for the new tire he put on)
    14,800 miles - new tires, battery...

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  3. Duelsporter

    Duelsporter Been here awhile

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    It was a nice day for a ride here today - almost 70 degrees. Took a couple of the bikes out for some excercise, including the W. I forgot my camera -- sorry for the crappy cell-phone pic.

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  4. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    Love the black and red, is it custom? I haven't seen that color scheme before.

    FYI, if anyone runs across this, don't bother. The guy is asking $8500 for it. Sounds like he believes that it was an investment. Only 2000 ever built! I'm sure the folks across the pond where these were sold for many years have to snicker at that a bit!
    http://stcloud.craigslist.org/mcy/3485986049.html
  5. Duelsporter

    Duelsporter Been here awhile

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    Thanks. My particular tank is custom, but that color combination was offered in Canada for '01.
  6. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    Not sure why y'all so concerned about everything being stock. My bike I got was stock and it was god awful...almost sold it after a few weeks of having it but decided to give it a shot and upgraded the suspension and lowered the handlebars and now it rides the way that it should of been "stock".
  7. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    Stock is what retains the resale value.

    If you're going to sell it, it's good to have the stock parts to bring it back to as close to stock as possible. I wouldn't include suspension in that formula though - I think a good set of aftermarket shocks and fork springs are improvements that should stay with the bike - aftermarket shocks are made to look like oem.
  8. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Yep, that's is what I believe we are preaching. Anyway, it is your bike so you can do anything to it you want.

    I would prefer to have an unmolested bike but that is just me. When i bought my W650 last year it was stock except for tiny after market turn signals and no tank badges. I did do the three turns out mod and added LeatherLyke hard bags but that is it for me. I've had three W650s all with the stock handle bars which are fine for me.
  9. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    The hope is, with a stock bike, the owner didn't do too much to it to ruin it. Changing out too many things may be great for the owner, but the buyer may not like it.

    Mine is still stock with the exception of the progressive rear shocks. I may change the bar and then again, I may not for example. But I think I'll eventually do what I can to smooth out the engine a bit more.
  10. Spike77

    Spike77 Adventurer

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  11. DaBinChe

    DaBinChe Long timer

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    with cosmetic stuff I could understand cause beauty is in the eye of the beholder...but stock the bike rides/handles/feels like crap. I'm glad I changed things which makes this bike a long time keeper.
  12. Kentucky

    Kentucky Long timer

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    I have had three W's. My current one and my last one were both used for touring. I rode each of them to LA and back from Daytona. National Cycle Plexistar 2, Corbin and racks for GIVI bags were the only changes. I find them extremely comfortable for long distances. It's going to hurt a little turning this one loose but it will be on the market as soon as I get some pics taken.
    Barry
  13. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Nice!! :clap
  14. tonysmallframe

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    Looking at getting one of these as a city bike. Found a couple examples with 40k+ miles on them - anything to be wary about?
  15. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Most folks report a dead-reliable ride. Normal issues seems to revolve around a dying battery causing weird electrical gremlins, and the usual issues caused by ethanol and dirty carbs. One issue I've heard of that's particular to the Dub is rare; oil leakage around the oil delivery tube (IIRC) between the cylinders at their back. Apparently that can rust and cause problems requiring a tear down. OTT, the bikes are very well designed and built.

    Oh- there is an issue with the rear fender cracking. See earlier posts. Several inmates have posted photos or repair and maintenance work.

    Many folks upgrade front and rear suspension. If you ride w/o a windshield many of us prefer lower bars. Lots of posts on those too. Some also like to drill the air boxes and play with the jetting; personally I think the factory got that pretty close. Tweaking the air screws and blocking the vacuum for the air injection to the exhaust seems to do the trick.

    There's also an active Yahoo Group for the W650/800. They have extensive digital files that are a superb resource.
  16. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    ORexpat pretty much nailed it on the check out of the used W650s.
    I would just examine it like any other used quality bike with 40k miles on it. To me a clean and not heavily modified bike is the most desirable.

    You didn't ask but if I was getting a city bike for DC, I'd get a 250cc twist and go scooter.:rofl
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    When I lived in Manhattan with the potholes, raised manhole covers, ruts, etc., I found a 250 dual sport to be the best urban assault vehicle.

    I have had the W down there too, and it also worked just fine, plus got plenty of admiring looks.
  18. Kentucky

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    Finally did it. My '01 W is in the Flea Market as of this morning.
    Barry
  19. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    We can help post the photos, if you'd like. PM if you're interested in that.
  20. greer

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    You beat me to it. We've got to have pictures, Barry. You can send them to dsgreer@scrtc.com if you like.

    Sarah