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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by The Jerk, Oct 11, 2009.
Took my baby on a 60 bike group ride today. She got lots of attention.
Changed my indicators, and are also changing oil in forks. I have to check wich springs I have
Anyone know if it is possible/advisable to mount clip-ons direct to the top of the forks. Of course have to lower the front?
There are probably regular handlebars that would give you the height you're looking for without the expense of clip-ons, unless you just like the looks, etc. You'll probably need adapters to change from 1" to 3/4" bar though.
Something like this perhaps http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/14/71/982/4917/ITEM/BikeMaster-Clubman-Handlebar.aspx
Thanks Speedo66, but I have problems getting ace-bar/clubman in black over here. I saw in a thread in here somewhere that someone had lowered the frontend , and hoped it would be possible to lower it so much that clip-ons could be fitted.
Clipon install at
Google "W650 clipon handlebar" for plenty of hits.
Interesting event yesterday . . .
Just moved back to the Pacific Northwet and in between rainshowers I heard the local Honda/Yamaha/Ducati dealer was having a dyno day on the 16th. Free dyno runs.
So I went.
I figured my Dub would be around 40-43 hp or so. It runs well, but doesn't pull your arms out of their sockets . . . Maintenance manual states "50PS (49 bhp) @ 7000 rpm, 41 ft lbs torque at 5500 rpm." I've heard stories that suggest 50 hp is about the max you can get out of the motor, at least with most at-home mods.
Figured that was at the crank, and that was before 13 years of riding, storage, sitting around.
Well, here's the chart. (Sorry about the image, don't have a scanner at the moment so just took a picture).
At the rear wheel, max hp 49.69, max torque 41.16. Scale on the chart is in MPH rather than rpm. The dyno operator was in 4th gear for the run if I recall correctly--the reason the run ended at "100 mph."
The curves are fantastic--no big dips in either hp or torque--the latter is almost flat. And that's how the Dub rides around town--great torque away from stop lights, smooth power all the way through normal speeds.
Mods: Air injection blocked, pilot air screws adjusted. PO may have taken the baffles out--I've not looked at a true stock W650 yet to see if mine's different. No other engine mods--air box stock, jets stock (unless the PO changed them), no shims--they wouldn't do much anyway.
I'm really quite pleased--either the official readings are at the rear wheel and the bike still makes them, or the few tweaks to mine have made a difference. Either way, an interesting reference point.
Thats a very good reading - I'd be well pleased with anything over 40 bhp
Did you get a "fuel:air" ratio printout too - just for interest as it must be pretty good ?
Good numbers for a W650, stock or otherwise. I'm happy with my W's performance which is almost stock like yours with three turns out and the baffles removed from the mufflers.
I've got one of the whiz bang Harmonizers coming which allows fine tuning and balancing. Maybe the three turns out can be improved on.
No fuel air ratio-they weren't doing exhaust gas analysis as part of the free process
I did balance the carbs not long after I got the bike a couple of years ago. That and the valves need checking again-that was almost 7K miles ago.
They sure are!!
Ordered from DimeCityCycles
Chromoly Jay Lossa black clubman
Bar end folding mirrors
Some tuning of front suspension, adjustment of rear fender(maybe front also?), maybe remove the emission controll system and I am ready for a new season.
Picture will come as soon as ready
Nice! I assume those are 7/8 inch, so you'll also need to shim up the bars at the mounting point, and at the controls.
I guess I only have to shim up the mounting points, as I measured the original is 7/8 at the controls.
You'll need to shim the bar mounts, as you said, plus the clutch and front brake perches. They're all 1" while the throttle tube and left grip, with their associated controls, are 3/4". It's a little weird, but the shimming works well.
Not 3/4" but 7/8" at left and right switches and throttle.
Oops, yer right . . . .
Who here has a Corbin Gunfighter seat? What do you think of the comfort compared to the stock seat?
I just received low bars in the mail which I'll install prior to making a decision on the seat. With the tall bars and stock seat, my tailbone is right on that hard ridge in the middle of the seat. For reference, I'm 5/11", with a 33" inseam. I'm ready to toss the stock seat and bolt up a 2x4.
Anyone have a Corbin they'd like to get rid of?
I like my Corbin Gunfighter--but not everyone does. Corbin seats are really "firm"-read hard as a rock. They have a really nice sculpted shape and cradle your butt well. But the firmness may be an acquired taste . . .
I much prefer the Corbin to the soft squishy stock seat--"1 hour wedgie" seat is what I call it!