New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. MikeGayner

    MikeGayner Been here awhile

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    Yep.
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  2. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Changing the oil makes me feel like I accomplished something today. LOL

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  3. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    Always satisfying!

    Something seems strange to me about that photo - it appears that your rear tire is very high off the ground! Could just be a trick of the light...
  4. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Yeah, it's not that high off of the ground.
  5. oapnutter

    oapnutter Been here awhile

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    Turn the bars over you will see a spot weld ,drill this out but don’t go right through or you wont be able to lever it out a decent pair of mole grips should sort from there .
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  6. Big_Beats

    Big_Beats Kawasaki W650

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    Cheers mate. Guess what mistake I made. There’s a few photos and a video in my thread on the lonely ones. Will post here too this eve if anyone wants to see.
  7. WnRn

    WnRn Left right out

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    This morning heading out for DGR.

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  8. moto49

    moto49 n00b

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    I put the 2810 Hagons on my 01 W a few months back and have to say it is a huge improvement over the stock 20yo shocks. Ride and handling much improved. The 2810's have adjustable rebound damping, a big deal for a good ride. I believe the others were adjustable for preload only. I just had to get used to a different look from stock with no shroud........Cost was ~350 delivered.....
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  9. oapnutter

    oapnutter Been here awhile

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  10. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Awaiting our Sunday morning errands....


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  11. Scoozi

    Scoozi Long timer

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    I can't remember where I found this online so I don't know anything about it. They've made a few unusual choices but it looks well built.
  12. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    The W650 mill in a featherbed... Of course!
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  13. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Another couple brilliant mods...

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  14. MikeGayner

    MikeGayner Been here awhile

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    I wonder what the donor for the frame and front end are. The only w650 part on that bike seems to be the engine.
  15. Manifold

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    All show no go! :lol3

    (Unless it's been bored out and running flatslides, in which case it might be more sprightly ;) )

    Love the Dub but it ain't a race bike. Main reason I sold mine. A potterer, not a racer.
  16. Cully G

    Cully G n00b

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    Hey WnRn, I saw your earlier photos after converting your bike to the single seat plus rear platform and saddle bag racks. Looks great, and the milk crate functionality is brilliant. Can you share more pics and description of how you did the back platform? I'm looking to do something similar, not sure how to make a luggage platform like that stable.
  17. WnRn

    WnRn Left right out

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    Its an old top box rack that I turned upside down. It is secured with one bolt and to big cable ties. The rear of this rack then sits on the bikes frame. Then whatever bag I use on there is strapped down to the bikes frame. It has 3 mounting points only so I can quickly take it off ( and the sprung seat) and refit the mounting bracket and the original dual seat if need be. The one bolt also holds the front of the rear guard I have fitted.

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  18. MikeGayner

    MikeGayner Been here awhile

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    Little bit of dry mock-up on my 650 project, mostly for running wiring etc. Still a loooong way from finished though.

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  19. cnoonz

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    That is the first time I've seen The W motor in what appears to be a relatively stock Featherbed frame, and I have searched extensively for one. I tried to fit my spare W motor into my 65 Norton Atlas frame and it was a no go, without modifying it quite a bit. I didn't want to trash a perfect vintage frame, so I ended up getting a chrome -moly copy from FrameCrafters that they call their "Fat Featherbed", slightly up-sized to fit the Triumph Thruxton Motors. The frame fits the W motor and has enough clearance to do a valve adjustment without pulling the motor out. It is still a work in progress. I'm hoping to have it done by the end of the year, if all goes well. Right now I'm trying to get folding peg rearsets and shift and brake linkages layed out and installed. It will require some custom machining to enable the kick-start to be retained . I used a set of passenger pegs on temporary mounting plates to experiment with a suitable location.
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  20. cnoonz

    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    Mike it looks great, you're heading down the home stretch!
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