New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Looks good... Totally stock and low mileage... Excellent find.
  2. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    Sweet! :clap
  3. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Just had a 250 mile round trip on me W650..... and it ran like clockwork. The riding was steady 50/60mph country lanes through towns/villages. I topped the tank up at the start of the trip and filled it up again (to the brim) at 101 miles and only managed to squeeze 5.72 ltr in (both times bike on main stand).

    That equates to 80 mpg (UK) which is 67 mpg in US currency :clap

    Normal town riding - to from work, short trips I get 65 mpg UK - 55 mpg US.

    I'm well pleased... the bike has all standard airbox & pipes, but I've fitted a +1 size up pilot jet and +3 sizes main and wound the air screw out a bit...... The air filter is clean, fresh oil & filter and running Denso Iridium plugs (IU24). Just one other good reason to own a W650
  4. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Some middle age guy, who seemed clearly jealous of my dubya, called it a Kum-and-suck-me. He rode a Harley. WTF mate?!
  5. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate

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    It seems he not only demonstrated his hamstrung taste in motorcycles, but confirmed both the social and intellectual status of too many of the Harley crowd.

    I've ridden a couple of Harley's I liked (esp the XR1200) but the "Harley culture" is a complete turnoff. :puke1
  6. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Narrow minded asshole (Excuse my French! :evil)

    Over here we only have one side of the Harley crowd...

    No dirty greasy bikers who can actually fix up a motor and teach you one or two things about the internal combustion engine, but the middle-aged guy who never rode a bike before he hit 55 years of age but wants a new toy he can now afford cash.

    Their machines are hardly rode on, always spick and span, and their riders also display the full gear and garnment collection the HD salesguy stuffed them with for an extra wad when they bought the machine.

    They never have their hands dirty as they always bring theirs bikes to the dealership, even to change a bulb.
    They more often than not sell their HD after a year or so, blasé as they are, and move on to other things... :freaky
  7. Duelsporter

    Duelsporter Been here awhile

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    I have to admit I've never heard that one before. You could have responded, "Well, at least its not a Hardly Ableson!"
  8. chupa88

    chupa88 Adventurer

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    Ok, this may sound crazy but I'm looking for someone who's willing to try to bend my clutch lever so it'll fit my hand better. I can buy a OEM clutch lever on ebay and send it to someone who's got the equipment and skills to try to bend it with a dogleg. If you break it, I won't fault you for it. I figure it's cheaper to try this way than to order a LSL lever from the UK for $150!

    http://www.twinshack.co.uk/prods/1043.html

    Anyone game? PM me at chupa88@me.com

    Thanks!
  9. Bar None

    Bar None Candy Ass

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    Go look at post 1632 in this thread.
    "Here is the '04 ZX6R/636 brake lever in case anyone wanted a cheap adjustable solution."

    Google "Adjustable Brake & Clutch Levers for ZX6R" yields a lot of hits such as
    http://www.indysuperbike.com/customer/product.php?productid=7264
    and
    http://www.madhornets.com/adjustabl...lor-options/?gclid=CImsnvGBlrcCFUWK4AodiGsAdQ
  10. chupa88

    chupa88 Adventurer

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    Thanks but post 1632 lists a brake lever. I wonder if the clutch lever would fit too? I'll PM the poster and see.
  11. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    They sell on our local ebay for 60€... :huh
  12. chupa88

    chupa88 Adventurer

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    Can you post a link? Thanks.
  13. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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  14. equ

    equ Adventurer

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    With a heavy heart, I am announcing my beloved w650 for sale. It has only 6796 miles and is in seriously excellent condition. Asking $5500 in the NYC area, 2001, lightly modded, new quality tires and other extras, well serviced, green/cream, perfect.

    [​IMG]

    If you are interested, head over to the flea market thread:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=888147
  15. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Should be kicked in the ovaries for this! :splat
  16. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    Thats damn pretty equ, that would "be the bike i want today" if i was in the states.
  17. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Yeah, they don't know their loss... :1drink
  18. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Not bad at all... Low Bars, didn't go overboard with the mods, all in good taste... Price is high indeed, yet it's a pretty low mileage and the market talks. :deal
  19. moto vito

    moto vito Adventurer

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    Could you tell us how well the Dart fly screen worked for you?
  20. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    I have one. Its a beautiful piece. Easy to install. No cumbersome bar mounts, and works to take the wind off your chest but does not really modify the air that hits your helmet. This is perfect because that air is then smooth and buffet free. Basically taking the wind off the chest reduces your overall drag and you don't have to pull yourself forward with the bars or your core as much. Perfect for touring on a naked. I have low bars, so YMMV if you have the stock high bars. I feel it is a great value considering the quality and comparing to other universal solutions. Looks awesome too! Can hardly see the mounts!


    In other news. I test rode a triumph T100 at an open house here yesterday. In short, I made the right decision to search out a W650. The triumph felt huge, heavy, and cumbersome. It was smooth, and probably the better solution for 2 -up...but I was wanting a solo cafe-ish bike. The extra weight cancelled out the extra power in my opinion.

    My problem now is that I test rode a Street Triple R at the same time. What a wonderfuly evil machine. It just urges you to go FASTER FASTER...laws are for sissies! It might have to join the stable methinks.