New (to Me) 2000 Kawasaki W650

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

  1. msahern5

    msahern5 Jumping at Shadows

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    Had mine installed for couple of years. I’m pretty happy with them - fit and finish was good. Added some generic baffles to tone down the noise (they come unrestricted and are just too loud). The bracket that secures the mufflers is a bit flimsy for off road and I’ve been intending on fabricating a sturdier one. All that being said, I ride mine in rougher terrain than most and I’ve never had a problem.
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  2. Zedryk

    Zedryk Adventurer

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    I had these fitted all for about 30 miles. Within a 100 yards I knew they were not for me.
    Obscured the left rider foot peg.
    So my foot was barely on the peg.
    Great pipes tho.
  3. cnoonz

    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    I've searched the W650 thread, for info on home made Pair system block off plates, but to no avail. Could any inmates who have made there own out of aluminum sheet stock tell me what you used to shape the profile?
    Thanks
  4. ORexpat

    ORexpat Oregon Expatriate Supporter

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    I cut the plates out of aluminum bar stock from my local Home Depot. I used a bandsaw with a metal blade, but you can use a hacksaw; that will take more time but work. I used a grinder, files, and a drill for final shaping.

    It’s not a difficult project at all, just more laborious with hand tools.
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  5. cnoonz

    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    Thanks, Orexpat,
    I do have a bandsaw, but might need to pick-up a metal blade. If it was just one set, I might have just sprung for them on the internet, but I need two sets. One for my stock W and the other for my NortSaki project. I already have some aluminum plate so that's the route I'll choose. Again, thanks for the input.
    C
  6. Scrivens

    Scrivens Long timer

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    I made mine out of 2" wide x 1/8" thick alloy bar using a hacksaw and files. Mark the alloy stock using the covers as a template and drill the bolt holes before you begin the cutting and shaping. I made a couple of sets and they took about 10 minutes per plate.
  7. cnoonz

    cnoonz Been here awhile

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    Thanks Scrivens, Your tutorial with the detailed construction info is great. I am looking forward to following your plan.
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  8. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Mmm... Why does that bike look familiar ? :hmmmmm
  9. Scoozi

    Scoozi Long timer

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    OK I give up, how is your headlight mounted?
  10. Zedryk

    Zedryk Adventurer

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    It should do
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  11. Zedryk

    Zedryk Adventurer

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    It's a bottom mount using the location of the original headlamp adjuster~brake hose guide.
    The lamp itself is a Classic Driving lamp stainless steel body fitted with a Wipac Quadoptic lens
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  12. BravoFox

    BravoFox Twin With a Kick

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    Was supposed to rain all day. It didn't.... Yay!

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  13. JETalmage

    JETalmage Long timer

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    We're having some drop-dead-gorgeous early autumn riding days this week here in mid GA. The Kawasaki heated grips are working a treat with the tidy Barkbusters BBZ cold-weather guards in front. (Will get around to posting photos soon.)

    Yesterday was extra-special. Rode to Capitol Cycle, a most-weekends habit just to say hi and check the showroom. Turned out it was one of their outdoor cookout days. Hung around, entertained questions about my W. Ate a hot dog.

    Left to take one of my customary 100 mile back-road loops. Around 4:00, rode to nearby Perry to scope out the already huge crowd awaiting the Trump rally. Met a really nice retired couple at their booth and bought a well-made Betsy Ross flag; something I'd been wanting for a long time for the pole in front of my home studio.

    Beautiful again today. I'm goin' for a ride. ;-)

    JET
  14. Mattsway

    Mattsway n00b

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    Plus one. I followed Scrivens, but only had 1/16th stock to use. Seems ok
  15. Mattsway

    Mattsway n00b

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    Love this! How steady has your setup proved for night time? Thanks.
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  16. Zedryk

    Zedryk Adventurer

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    I've been happy with the set for a number of years now. It works quite well in the dark and it's a sturdy mount bracket.
    But all said i would like to raise the height and pull the lamp closer to the headstock.
  17. Mattsway

    Mattsway n00b

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    Tricky, isn't it, getting it to look good from all angles whilst keeping the bracketry to a minimum. Best of luck and thanks for sharing your input
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  18. Zedryk

    Zedryk Adventurer

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    The bracket is easy enough it's just getting it to sit so. You're welcome .
  19. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Just send it!

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    Is there a thread about this?

  20. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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