1974 Kawasaki 650 W-3

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Kawasaki W 650

1974 Kawasaki 650 W-3

Looking the RetroTours ‘fleet’ during the of 2004, I realized that certainly one of the mover/shakers, was not represented. the product line of the 1970’s 2 likely prospects. The KZ-750, a Universal-Japanese sort of motorcycle 1977 or 1978, seemed too and modern.

At the opposite extreme was the W-1 from the start of the decade seemed much more and classical.

In 1937, Meguro making motorcycles to satisfy the demands of the Japanese military. time for design, research and consisted of purchasing European and ‘reverse engineering’ (copying) the Their most successful rip off in 1951, a high performance four … twin more than a passing to the BSA A7.

This evolved into a 650 carried the company forward 1962, when Meguro was by Kawasaki.

The 650cc Kawasaki W-1 on line in 1965, and was introduced in The in 1967. The single carb 400 featured gothic neo-Japanese complete with oval inside the headlight case, and chrome side panels on the tank. During the next few a twin carb version was producing 53 HP; substantially more its BSA predecessor.

By the time this model the W-2, Kawasaki realized US sales were never to live up to expectations, and the model much disappeared by the 1970 or season.

I spent months for a W-1 to come up for sale. There aren’t very many Eventually, I found a ‘67 in the of a Pennsylvania dealership; a trade-in was driven in a few years before, and tatty, though 90% complete.

I was able to get it running in a day, and put a few miles on it before listing the and labor operations needed to it roadworthy. I began watching regularly and collecting parts for a but based on my test ride, I was second thoughts. I felt I had a mistake; this machine was too primitive.

Besides a motor from the 1950’s the suspension, and electrical system all seemed too to cope comfortably with traffic conditions. This was like one tough project.

Then, quite by accident, in the ’05 issue of Walneck’s Trader, I spotted 2 650 W-3’s sold by a gentleman in California, one and one in pieces. The W-3 was never imported to the US, but sold lots of their big in Japan and down under, and the line was upgraded there around 1975. These models featured improved and electrics, and a twin disc brake; all of my concerns addressed.

The running bike was imported to the US New Zealand, and the basket case was back from Japan by a US Suddenly, I had 3 Kawasaki 650’s.

This 1974 W-3 has been with Hagon shocks, lighting, loud horns, and tires and brakes.The final ratio has been altered to more relaxed high running. It has become obvious several extended outings the resemblance to old British iron is superficial. Castings exude and the fit and finish is more Japanese British: a good thing.

oil leakage and vibration are overshadowed by the power curve and stable The exhaust note is aural You should experience it!

Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650
Kawasaki W 650

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