New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. Kentucky

    Kentucky Long timer

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    Thanksfully back on track. W porn ahead...please proceed.
  2. Bert Fox

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    Don't have pics yet. I got a set of Giant Loop Great Basin luggage for Xmas. They go on my Xchallenge, a SuperDuke, and the W650 and fit well.
    www.giantloop.com
    No side racks required. Easy on and off.
    A nice option for the ole W!
    Bert
  3. husqzilla

    husqzilla Been here awhile

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    I think you meant http://www.giantloopmoto.com/.

    Simo was right. We can read other's minds here. :lol3
  4. Bert Fox

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    Well in my case, it is a small mind...:freaky
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  5. Duelsporter

    Duelsporter Been here awhile

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    I met up with a couple of other W650 owners a few years back; one of them had a set of bags on his bike made by a company called LeatherLyke. I thought they went pretty well with the bike. (Sorry I didn't get a better picture.) They were easily removable, and had no obtrusive bracketry once removed. Not a huge capacity, but they didn't look too big for the bike, either.

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  6. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Long timer

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    I have some questions;
    I also have a BMW and a Royal Enfield. I'm sort of conerned that I don't do much to my Watchless. Clean the air filters, check the valves once in a blue moon... oh- I changed the fork oil once. Shouldn't I be doing
    SOMETHING to keep this bike up? Does it really just keep running? What about that desmo deal- any adjustments there?

    I don't think I ever had a clear-coated engine before. This is beginning to look a little yucky. Is my only choice to polish it and then keep polishing, if I don't take the lump out and re-spray?
  7. some_finn

    some_finn Wannabe Adventurer

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    I just checked my valves as scheduled at 24 000 km. Three of the exhaust valves were too tight.

    On the W650 Riders mailing list the word is DO NOT TOUCH the "desmo thingy" unless absolutely, positively unavoidable. Most attempts to adjust apparently have ended in tears. "If it isn't broken, don't fix it".

    You could check and grease all the bearings. There have been reports that for example the swingarm bearings may tend to run dry. How about 'em steering head bearings? Checked them lately? Who knows what's going on in there...
  8. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Been here awhile

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    If I'm not mistaken the owner of Leatherlyke owned a couple of W's. He was a sometime contributor on the Yahoo W Forum.
  9. area51child

    area51child n00b

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    Special work?
    What's your take overall on using the big cases?
    Thx.

  10. Kentucky

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    Currently I am using the E21's. The E45N's I used to do the Ky to LA trip sucked the life out of the motor due to aero. They have slab sided fronts and are 12 inches wide across the front. My fuel economy went throught the floor especially in those big headwinds out West. I haven't had enough time with the E21's yet to report. With the big GIVI's fuel economy went from 50 to 35! With our fuel capacity it meant reserve at 80 to 90 miles! Love the Five Star Racks they have a quality appearing chrome finish that actually works on the bike without the bags. Hopeing to add the top rack for a GIVI E36 topcase. I'm buying two E36N's with the idea that I can use them on the W and the F650 Dakar. Happy Trails SU racks for the F also have a lug kit available for their racks. Having the E21's and the E36's gives me a choice between running either set as side cases or the E21's as side cases and one E36 as a topcase on either bike.
    Barry
  11. Kentucky

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    The special work refers to some bending of the rearmost portion of the rack for the US W's. I will attempt to get some pics up for you in a day or two.
  12. Speedo66

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    Hi, new here and I'm looking for a W650. One local, going to see it tomorrow.

    Couple of questions if I could:

    Is the rear brake housing alum., and has anybody taken off the black paint and polished it? Same for the front forks?

    Has anybody had problems with the carbs gumming up over the winter with the current bad gas?

    My SV650 had to have the carbs redone twice because of it, even with Sta-Bil in the gas.

    Thanks
  13. Bert Fox

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    Drain the carbs when you park it. Fill the tank and put a Battery Tender on. Piece of cake!
  14. Kentucky

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    Rear tire info for what it is worth:

    Original equipment Bridgestone Accolade lasted 5750 miles.

    Bridgestone BT45 Battleax lasted 7500. The front Battleax looks like it could do another 5000 to 6000 at this time.

    Mounted a Bridgestone S11 Spitfire this evening. We shall see what it does.

    My miles have been 70/30 Interstate/two lane.

    FYI: The Spitfire can be bought for only $70.00. That's fairly cheap.
    Barry
  15. Duelsporter

    Duelsporter Been here awhile

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    I have seen pictures of W650's with both the rear brake housing and lower fork legs polished, but I have no experience with this myself. I've never had any issues with the carbs, but I live in an area where I can usually ride year-round. Even if it's too cold to ride, I try to crank it and at least run it around the neighborhood a few times every two weeks or so.

    Here's a custom W650 Scrambler with the forks polished:

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  16. Uncle Ernie

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    Man- that is a sweet looking seat.
    I tried having that ding-dong hump in mine modified some, but...

    One time my bike would stall at weird times. It felt like the vent was plugged, then I was convinced it was the coil- so I get another coil. Turns out one of the jets was clogged.

    I'm starting to get the impression that Sta-bil doesn't do much.
  17. The Jerk

    The Jerk Bring us some fresh wine!

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    Couldn't wait for spring, took the W out for a nice ride today. Warmest day we've had in a long time, 50 degrees and sunny today.

    It's been sitting for a couple months, fired right up on the first kick. Gotta love it. Got it nice and warmed up, was ready to go and it sputtered and died on me. Would fire it back up, it would sputter and die. Hmmm...it's been sitting, clogged jet, bad gas, etc? Checked the trip odometer: 115 miles. Oh, it's just out of gas! Flipped it to reserve, problem solved. :D

    Always check the simple things first.

    I guess I parked it so long ago I forgot it needed gas. :lol3

    Man what a sweet running and fun bike. Love my W.
  18. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Northern VA had an uncharacteristic snowstorm over Christmas. No surprise to those of you who live in northern climes, but unusual down here. Before the Big Snow of Christmas 09, whilst playing the Norther Virginia Tag-O-Rama. That's the tag on the seat . . . . . . :lol3

    [​IMG]

    And after said humungous (for this area) storm, and enough time to let some of the ice melt.

    [​IMG]

    Y'all are right--the Dubya is a hoot to ride. :freaky :clap :freaky :clap
  19. Speedo66

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    I looked at the 2001 W650 I had mentioned, and bought it. 190 miles on the odometer, essentially a new bike.

    Original owner thought it would appreciate in value and didn't ride it much (obviously). Absolutely perfect, still had traces of the nubs on the tires.

    No plates on the bike, but I rode it up and down my road, as did my son and my friend. We all agreed we liked it.

    I had been looking all over the country for one, and found this one less than an hour from me on Craigslist. I brought my trailer because I knew I wasn't leaving without it. Seller was nice and we came to an agreement quickly. Even helped me load it.

    Nothing like the glow from buying a new (to me) bike!
  20. Bert Fox

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    WOW! Very cool. Get some pics! Enjoy.
    Bert