New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Lovin' the photo's and info over the last 2 x pages..... :clap

    These bikes are just so versitile, they looks perfect in so many different styles; Standard or Cafe Racer or Dirt Bike :wink:
  2. RustyStuff

    RustyStuff Been here awhile

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    I think he means turning the mirrors on there pivots, not fliping them upside down.

    Thanks for the pic.
  3. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    Better pic of the mirrors...once again, excuse the dirty wheels and shop:shog

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  4. Speedo66

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    Haven't tried it, and bike is in the shed with some distance of 2 foot uncleared snow between me and it, and my boots don't go that high. :lol3
  5. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    Whoa. The W thread was getting buried way too deep in the sea of threads!:deal

    Anyone been out riding? I took my new W out for about 100 miles. Wind was blowing like hell and only in the mid 40's. The low bars helped with the wind! New Race-Tech front and Koni rear shocks made a definite difference in ride quality!

    After returning, I decided to do the bevel gear backlash adjustment mentioned in the following article and in the service manual. Has a neat cut-away drawing of the engine too.

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    My W is quiet for about the first 15-30 seconds at cold start up and the the backlash noise crops up pretty quickly and is significant. I have listened to a few idling on youtube and they don't seem as noisy (hard to tell though). I have read the cautionary tales about people messing with the bevel gear assembly. Usually that is if parts are removed though. The manual and article mention that 70° adjustment in either direction is a maximum limit. I found that I could make a significant reduction in clatter by moving around 10°. Only the lower joint needed a bit of adjustment. I still have backlash noise, but I figured I would error on the loose side rather than risk a binding situation at start-up. I also wonder if the splines in the bevel gear shaft aren't a little loose after 40K miles. Anyone else have a significant clatter from the bevel gear side?:ear

    BTW, didn't know if anyone else had found the online version of the Service Manual.

    Here
  6. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    I've been riding everyday on the W650 or the Ural Yamal, sometimes both. One of the advantages of being in SW Florida. Nice weather but no curves or hills. I'll be in mc heaven riding in a few months , W North Carolina.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zgwoywaztkhek0SN6YyTZtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-BKmi6oStIN4/UR_338LFxfI/AAAAAAAAFI4/sDUQoah4Oos/s800/IMG_1564.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a>

    A little gathering of Urals at the local BMW dealer last Saturday. Mine on the left,
  7. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Took mine out the other day. :D

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  8. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Took mine out yesterday; mid 40's too. Only took the heated vest and it wasn't enough after about an hour. Should'a used the jacket and gloves, just don't keep the heat up at stoplight . . . .

    Looking northeast across the Puget Sound from Kitsap Peninsula to southern Whidbey Island.

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    Beach buildings at Hansville.

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  9. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    ORexpat,
    Happy to be back in the Pacific North Wet?
  10. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Just getting unpacked, and loving it out here! :clap
  11. folmonty

    folmonty Been here awhile

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    Wow, you took a big leap from one side to the other. Love your new stomping grounds. San Juan Islands and all the area around Whidbey / Anacortes are fantastic. The W is perfect for exploring that area.
  12. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    True; I love the light weight and maneuverability of the Dub. So easy to stop, explore, do U-turns, and good on gas. It could easily be set up for touring or errand-running, but I think I prefer it lightly "cafe-ed" since I've got other bikes with panniers.
  13. RiderFromNorway

    RiderFromNorway Adventurer

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    Hi, I'm from Norway and new to this forum.
    Just wanted to post a picture of my W (didn't manage that). Bought it 6 months ago, and waiting for the spring to try it out. It has only rolled 19 000 km/11 800 miles. I have changed and relocated the indicators since the picture was taken, and are also going to move the Lucas taillight a little bit higher/closer to the saddle. Ace bars are on its way, so are bar end mirrors. The first owner (in Germany?) did some modifications seen on the bike. Then he moved to Norway and took the bike with him. Some spare parts followed the W, such as front (14) and rear (40) sprockets. Does anyone have any experience with this combination?
  14. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    RiderFromNorway,
    Welcome to the W650 group. Try again to post your photos as I am interested in seeing your bike. I can't comment on the sprockets you mentioned as I only changed the front sprocket on mine with one that has an additional tooth.
  15. folmonty

    folmonty Been here awhile

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    Welcome RiderFromNorway! When I hear someone like yourself waiting for spring time to enjoy your bike it makes me laugh at myself for not riding more. Guess I'm getting softer with age. Think you'll enjoy the bike a lot. They really have character much like the bikes back in the day.

    Are there new 800 Wubya's in Norway? Bikes like this always seem to find a way into California but haven't seen one yet. Kawasaki is just giving the retro dollars to competition IMHO.

    Enjoy your new ride!
  16. RiderFromNorway

    RiderFromNorway Adventurer

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    Sorry, but it looks like I am not allowed. Do I have to attach pictures from som kind of website.
  17. RiderFromNorway

    RiderFromNorway Adventurer

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    Thanks.Yes, we have the W800 here. Nice in black with gold rims, with a half fairing. But don't have the kick start?
  18. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Yes, you have to use a site like Photobucket (free), or Smugmug (costs money but I think allows better quality). If I was home you could e-mail it to me, but I'm 2000 miles away! Perhaps another inmate can help.

    There is a sticky somewhere on ADV about posting photos.
  19. RiderFromNorway

    RiderFromNorway Adventurer

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    Thanks anyway. I better try one of these sites.
  20. acap650

    acap650 acap650

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    Welcome to the asylum RFN. If your W has the high US bars you will be glad when you change them. The speedometer is driven from the transmission, not the front wheel like many bikes, so a change in sprockets will affect the accuracy of the indicated speed. Good luck and safe travels.