New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Good question. The different profile could well mean there's not enough room for the tire's width. Would have to measure to be sure.
  2. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer

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    I have had the Distanzia 120/80-18 on my W650 for over a year and it is just fine.

    If you check the Avon website you will find the outside diameter is the same as the original tire.

    Stock is a 130/80-18 vs the new Distanzia which is a 120/80-18.
    The web sites of each tire manufacturer say the diameter is 26.2".
    In my case the Avon was a little larger since the oem tire had about 2500 miles on it.

    It is a good tire in the gravel or on the pavement but not good in mud. I think Avon calls it a 90/10 dual sport tire

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/s-6IgjDpXU3zbclIt6jfLtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-awsH0V1x1WU/UU4gkzC7oaI/AAAAAAAAGJ4/-uzYigQvogA/s800/IMG_1685.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a>

    Anyway, it works for me.
  3. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Vince,
    No arguing about the quality of the Distanzia.
    It's just that I don't wanna have a narrower tire.
    Some have even installed the Dunlop Trailmax in 120, and are very satisfied of it. Yet I would rather go wider (140) if I knew for sure that it fits.

    Therefore the Heidenau seems the best bet in 130/80/18, for road and trail. And it looks good too !!! :wink:
  4. rulle_retard

    rulle_retard Adventurer

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    I have pirelli scorpion 140 on the rear, works just fine!
  5. tonysmallframe

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    Trying to sort out what I suspect are carb issues on my new-to-me W650. Picked up one with a little under 9000 miles on it a few weeks ago. It had a real bad stutter/stumble right off idle, making it unrideable (it would stall anywhere north of fast idle)

    Drained the gas that was in it, cleaned the tank, put in new plugs/battery, blocked off the air injection system, removed the carbs, cleaned them, put in the Dynajet kit, idle mixture screws at 3 out.

    Now, the bike runs fine at idle, and fine over 3000 rpm at most any throttle. Between 1000-3000 rpm, it will break up, backfire, die, or surge, unless I give it full throttle to get to the higher rpm range. It runs better if I ride with the choke halfway out, but not great. My thought is that something in the carb is still blocked/plugged and full throttle brings the accel pump into play, getting me to the ok range. I'm guessing that something in the pilot jet circuit is still F'ed. Any thoughts?

    I thought I cleaned everything decently enough, but this is my first CV bike (used to Mikuni flat/D-slides that have much simpler circuits). Any ideas on cleaning or items to replace while I have them apart the second time. Pine-sol soaking or ultrasonic or both at the same time?
  6. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    Did you replace the idle jets or just clean. I know they are very difficult to really get clean and some folks just replace them instead. I have taken a strand of copper wire from a scrap of some 16 or 18 gage wire and used that to "floss" through the tiny hole with some decent success.

    Also, did you clean the slide up real well? Just off idle, the slide should start moving up to raise the needle and control the mixture from just off idle to 3/4 throttle or so. Maybe its hanging a bit? Did you check for perforations of the diaphragm (that sounded funny)? Any carb cleaner gets on those and they are usually toast.
  7. tonysmallframe

    tonysmallframe Adventurer

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    I didn't replace the jets, just cleaned. May give replacement a shot. The diaphrams looked fine, and the slides moved nicely through the range of travel.

    Any ideas on Keihin parts sources? Bikebandit has the Kawasaiki specific parts, but they are big $$ - thinking that unless the carb is W650 only, there should be a cheaper place for gaskets, floats, etc.
  8. rulle_retard

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    On wich groove do you have the e-clip on the dynojet needles? And did you change the main jet to the dynojet ones as well?
  9. Scoobynut

    Scoobynut Been here awhile

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    Have you tried SUDCO?
  10. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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  11. tonysmallframe

    tonysmallframe Adventurer

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    2nd from the top - running DJ108 mains.

    SUDCO doesn't carry the CVK parts, just CR and the like. Gonna give Jetsrus a try, thanks!
  12. rulle_retard

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    Ok, do you have the original exhaust system or an aftermarket? Or have you drilled the baffels on the original?

    I think you are running too lean, I had the e-clip on the second groove before and had the same symptoms as you have. Try to put it on the 3rd groove and if you have a more freeflowing exhaust system than original I would definetly put in DJ112 main jets.

    Also check all the vacuum hoses, sync the carbs and clean the airfilters if you havent done that.
  13. Burninator

    Burninator Zed's dead

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    Finally got rid of the silly high bars and original tires. Drained out the original fork oil and replaced it with 15 wt. The bike is totally transformed. Much better handling! A few pics after a much needed bath.
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  14. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Looks like mine the day I got it. Clean, shining chromes, no mods. That didn't last long. :lol3
  15. Speedo66

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    Nice looking bike, which tires did you go with?
  16. folmonty

    folmonty Been here awhile

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    What a great bike for where you live. Well done. Still have all the OEM stuff on mine but pictures like your's are giving me the itch to get on it.
  17. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    :d
  18. Burninator

    Burninator Zed's dead

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    Speedo66 - Thanks! The tires are Michelin Pilot Activ's.
  19. Burninator

    Burninator Zed's dead

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    Thanks! I'm trying to keep it as close to stock as possible while still improving. The smaller knee pads, soft bag supports, Kawasaki low bars, throttle, clutch and brake lines are all from w650shop.de. The Napoleon bar end mirrors from ebay.

    The low bars are a must do. Still comfortable around town, but the riding position is vastly improved. As an added bonus, I no longer sit right on that hard ridge right in the middle of the seat.
  20. Durangoman

    Durangoman Yeah its me!

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    Just picked it up...

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