New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate Supporter

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    I’ve enjoyed 2 to 4 day tours on the Dub. But it’s just not as relaxed for a long haul as my other bikes. Even the /5 feels more relaxed at normal highway speeds.

    I still like it for overnight and weekenders.
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  2. Big_Beats

    Big_Beats Kawasaki W650

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  3. Dirty Dicks Motos

    Dirty Dicks Motos n00b

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    Only a pleasure Chris! I'm all about that custom bike life :)
  4. kfoster

    kfoster Been here awhile

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    My Dirty Dick's fork brace arrived from England yesterday. It looks great and includes stainless hardware. I installed it this morning and took couple of photos. It is a very well designed and beautifully made part. There are even provisions for the fork gaiters.

    Thanks again Rick! Well done.

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  5. MFP

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    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    Before my time... :D
  7. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Sweet. Will you also try out his big brake kit for me? :D
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    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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  9. MFP

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    Was referring to the “1970s transparency” comment.
    Ektachrome slides/transparencies always had a bluish tint. :thumb
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  10. cnoonz

    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    After it's winter nap, I have found that my 01 W650 is fouling plugs. I think the carburetor is stock, but there is a slim possibility, that I replaced the main needles with aftermarket ones, years ago. It has a stock exhaust system. It has run great for thousands of miles, but has never gotten anything over 40 mpg. If you crack the throttle wide open, it will go like stink right up to the red line. Now, however, after 16 miles of normal riding my plugs have a heavy carbon deposit on them. After 30 miles I begin to get misfires. So far I have only disassembled the left side carb , its main needle is labeled N8GJ and appears to be in good shape. The float, float needle and seat seem clean and undamaged. Can't see any reason for the fouling. Suggestions welcomed.

    Problem #2: The main needle rubber diaphragm has swollen and does not want to fit back in the flange groove. Anyone else had this problem? Was there an easy fix? I am hesitant to remove the right side carb top until I can figure out what to do about the diaphragm.
    TIA
    CNoonz
  11. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate Supporter

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    First thing, fit new diaphragms. Sounds like you're running rich. If you've not changed anything and the bike used to run well, look for things that can break or get plugged . . .

    I run stock jetting, air screws out a bit, and normally get around 50-55 mpg, a bit less in town. I played with the needle positions at one time, but went back to stock. It didn't run better or faster, but drank enough gas to please any Big Oil executive.
  12. cnoonz

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    Problem #2: The main needle rubber diaphragm has swollen and does not want to fit back in the flange groove. Anyone else had this problem? Was there an easy fix? I am hesitant to remove the right side carb top until I can figure out what to do about the diaphragm.
    TIA
    CNoonz[/QUOTE]

    So, I cleaned the carbs, reset the float heights, and reinstalled them. The diaphragm went back fine, after it sat for a couple of hours . I'm hoping that will suffice. All internals looked fine. Tomorrow, a cable lubing, fresh plugs and a good cleaning before I fire it up . Hoping it will be free of fueling problems.
    Happy Fourth,
    Cnooonz
  13. Manifold

    Manifold Long timer

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    Carb cleaner will attack carb diaphragms and o rings and gaskets.

    I'd put it back to stock jets and use a carb rebuild kit with Viton o rings etc in case you have ethanol gas
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  14. oapnutter

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    oapnutter Been here awhile

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    Been there with the carb cleaner , got new diaphragms ,a right pain to fit . Went to Chuck out the old ones a couple of days later , found they had shrunk back to normal ,
  16. mattsz

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    Yes, this is what I was referring to... it has the look that I remember of the slides of my childhood...
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  17. cnoonz

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    I first disassembled the carbs and set aside the float needles, diaphragms and o-rings, before using any carb cleaner. Following a quick spray of the orifices, with the cleaner, I plunged the carbs into a gasoline bath. By the time, I reassembled the carbs, the diaphragms (which did not get sprayed) had shrunk back to a usable size. Hopefully that process will suffice.
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  18. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate Supporter

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    If the diaphragms distort in use, they may not function as they should. Hopefully yours will be fine.
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    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    New shoes, new chain and sprockets... Valve adjustment next weekend and she will be as good as new at 80,000 kms !!

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  20. mattsz

    mattsz moto-gurdyist

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    Nice! Same tires as last time BF?