New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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  1. Cully G

    Cully G n00b

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  2. Big_Beats

    Big_Beats Kawasaki W650

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    Glad to see you’re still progressing with your project, Cnoonz. Looking forward to seeing how it shapes up!
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  3. chupa88

    chupa88 Been here awhile

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    Hey folks,

    I have a 2000 W with 71k miles. I have a pretty regular occurrence where my second gear would somewhat violently bounce back into neutral. I say "violently" because I can feel and hear the shifter bounce up and down on the toe box of my boot sometimes. Other times, it would just drop back to neutral without the bounce and sometimes it would shift into second with any issues. In the past, it would drop back to neutral once in a blue moon which was my cue to change the oil and it would usually go away for another six months or so. But starting in the last few months, this bouncing started. Now, I just keep the shifter up with my toes for an extra second before I release the clutch lever. I checked the free play in the clutch cable and it seems ok.

    Anyone know what this could be? Cluth Spring? Clutch going bad? Clutch basket? The gear itself?

    Thanks!
  4. Scrivens

    Scrivens Long timer

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    Could be a notched or worn selector or weak or broken return springs in the external shift mechanism. If you are mechanically inclined you can get to the unit from the left side of the bike:

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  5. Manifold

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    Basically it has not fully engaged. Could be worn dogs, selector drum, selector fork, etc or clutch although given it only happens in second I suspect it's not clutch related

    You should release the clutch whilst still holding the gear lever up to ensure positive engagement. Only fix is to get someody to look at the transmission if you can't service it yourself.
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  6. Scoozi

    Scoozi Long timer

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    I'm not really a very good off-road rider, in fact I probably do 99% of my riding on the road which is why I run road tires.. Having said that I quite like riding on gravel roads it's just that there's not a lot of them where I live. I have discovered this YouTube channel by Gavin Critchley who has recorded himself riding some Green Lanes (legally they're called Byways) that are open to vehicles. The one below which he rode a couple of weeks ago I did today, it was drier near the end as we haven't had any rain recently. The hardest part was where it got steeper and the rain had formed a gully, I reckon a good rider on a GS could get up there even though it is mostly single track.

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  7. Big_Beats

    Big_Beats Kawasaki W650

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    Wiltshire Byways also documents a lot of green lane routes, further afield than what the name would suggest. I’d quite like a TR250 to try my hand at some of it...
  8. Scoozi

    Scoozi Long timer

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    Thanks for that, he does much more challenging stuff than I do, although I have done the old drove road into Salisbury. I think A 250 trail 'bike would be better suited for riding Green Lanes, but W650 copes up to a point.
  9. Big_Beats

    Big_Beats Kawasaki W650

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    I’d definitely like to do some of the tamer ones on my W. What puts me off is not knowing what a lane might be like further up and not being able to extricate myself from the situation! I really enjoy poring over maps in general but picking out all the BOAT routes is a fun exercise.
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  10. Dirty Dicks Motos

    Dirty Dicks Motos n00b

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    Everyone loves pictures right? :)

    I've been quiet for a while but pretty damn busy! New website, new workshop, new products!

    If anyone is interested in some bling or brakes, I've got you covered now.

    Now available, the ultimate brake kit for your W800, W650 or W400. Give your bike the brakes it deserves. One finger braking and classic retro looks. This is the best set of brakes you will ever get for the W, the braking is easy, progressive and as instant as you want it.
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    • 320mm Floating brake disk, 1KG lighter than stock. Disk by EBC UK or Tourmax Japan.
    • 16mm Radial Master Cylinder with integrated fluid res. in a retro style. CNC'd from billet aluminium and anodised. Manfufactured by Discacciati in Italy to the highest standards.
    • 6-piston Billet brake caliper, made for me by Harrison Billet and machined from solid blocks of billet aluminium. TUV approved, UK made to exceptional standards.
    • Braided steel brake line, made by Hel in the UK, the company of choice for any kind of braking performance
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    These are are the best quality parts available and I guarantee you won't be disappointed. I have been running this kit on my personal bike for a couple months and the braking difference is phenomenal.
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    The kit is available in Black or Silver or mixed and is priced at £780 plus shipping.

    I have also had some very nice billet fork braces made up. These sold very quickly and I only have two left, 1 silver and 1 in black. £130 for the silver and £147 for the black. The silver is polished and the black has been beautifully anodised by the aerospace company down the road.

    Worldwide shipping no problem. DM or email [email protected]

    In other news, I have been hard at work getting another sled built. This one will be similar to the last but in green this time. It's being built for the Auto Royale which is a fancy car show at a fancy manor house. There will be a lot fancy green cars there so figured Jaguar Racing Green would be a suitable colour!

    Cheers
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  11. kfoster

    kfoster Been here awhile

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    Sending you an email regarding a fork brace!
  12. cnoonz

    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    If anyone has more info or pics of the bike Scoozi posted, would you pass them along, please. ( or any other W650 motor/ Featherbed frame combos)
  13. cnoonz

    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    TJ, Do you still have the Factory Pro carb Re-calibration Kit in your W? My carbs need some work. My plugs are getting seriously carbon deposits in just a few miles, since I took it out of winter storage. They will need a tear down and a good cleaning, at least. Based on your experience would you recommend the kit? If not, what jets and mods are you running now. NB: I think my carbs are nearly stock, but I have found some notes that might indicate I installed some Factory Pro needles many years ago. Thanks,
    C Noonz
  14. cnoonz

    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    Hi Rick,

    Took some time to check out your new website this morning. Looks terrific! Nicely showcases your skills and proprietary W650 components. I'm looking forward to ordering both the new front brake and the fork brace to use on my Nort-Saki project. Thanks again, for providing some "W" parts to me and for your help in locating other W650 used parts in Europe and the UK.
    CNoonz
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  16. kfoster

    kfoster Been here awhile

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    Upside….This bike is really fun to ride on dirt roads. Downside……dirt is really dirty! 2397C2D4-153D-4811-9BE7-A7C6AC34D1E0.jpeg

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  17. MFP

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    Great looking W!
  18. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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  19. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    Very "1970's transparency" looking... I like it!
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  20. Cully G

    Cully G n00b

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    Thought my W was just going to be my around-town bike, but I like it so much I thought I'd try touring on it. It came with a Corbin saddle, very comfy but the pillion is an awkward shape to strap luggage to. IMG_1010.JPG

    Inspired by WWII messenger bikes, I swapped the pillion for a low platform.
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    Ready for the road! IMG_1146.JPG