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Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype

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As I in my article Good First . the Kawasaki W650 is a different of retro bike, a standard to mistake at first glance for a 1960’s Triumph Bonneville. claims that the W650 was by their own W1 twin of 1967 a knockoff of the BSA A10, a pre-unit 650), but anyone who has seen a W1 the W650 looks nothing that, and very much the vastly more popular

The gas tank shape, tank rubber kneepads, rubber gaiters, cases, mufflers, fenders, headlight, and paint job are all influenced by late 1960’s design. This is not bad thing, as the Triumph Bonneville 650’s are regarded as some of the most motorcycles ever built. The styling is a success, as it garnered comments from observers that it went.

It is hard not to the W650 to the vintage British it resembles, as well as the contemporary 883 Sportster and new Triumph Bonneville which are its natural rivals. my article 2001 Comparison: Sportster, W-650. )

My 2000 test bike’s gas tank with two tone Galaxy and Luminous Blue paint, set off by pin striping. The quality of the paint job was good. The frame, front side covers, chain rear hub, and rear covers were all painted The seat is black vinyl white piping. The engine/transmission various smaller engine and wheel rims are polished

The pipes and mufflers, fenders, turn signals, and sundry pieces are chromed. The overall is very appealing.

Like a Triumph 650, an air-cooled twin in which both rise and fall together the W650. However, this twin is counterbalanced to control has a single overhead cam driven by a gear with an offset drive shaft, four per cylinder, and displaces 676cc. and … is 72x83mm.

Twin Keihin 34mm CV deliver the fuel/air mixture to the and the ignition is electronic. The slick five-speed transmission has positive at first and fifth gears. feels like an overdrive and keeps the RPM down when on the interstate.

Final drive is by According to a Cycle World test, this engine 44.7 hp at 7,050 rpm and 37.5 ft. of torque at 5,100 rpm at the rear

Performance figures from the Cycle World test a 1/4 mile time of 14.33 at 92.54 mpm, and a 0-60 of 5.6 seconds. The bike’s top speed was 101 and it averaged 41 miles per gallon of

The W 650’s double cradle has a square backbone, unlike the T120 Bonneville that had a downtube frame built of tubing. The engine is rubber in this frame to keep away from the rider. The swingarm is conventional in design.

The components seem to have chosen more on the basis of than performance. The same not be said about the T120 in its heyday. Of course, suspension are much higher now. fork rake is 27 degrees, and is 4.1 inches.

The 39mm telescopic have 5.1 inches of travel. The forks of the W650 offer no and dive excessively under braking. Progressive front springs would probably this.

The twin rear shocks are for spring preload only, and 4.1 inches of travel.

The attractive wheels feature neat alloy rims. The stock are Bridgestones, apparently designed to classic Dunlop K-70’s. The is a ribbed 100/90×19, and the rear is a

I didn’t have any trouble them but if I owned this when tire replacement rolled around, I would for higher performance rubber, from from Dunlop or

The hydraulic front brake is a 300mm disc with a piston caliper; the rear has to make do with a mechanical brake. This combination predictable stopping power, but a front disc would be a improvement.

Standard instruments both a speedometer and tachometer, in front of the handlebars where are easily seen. The LCD odometer is into the face of the speedometer, and offers trip meter and functions. I found the clock to be a useful feature. The tach an array of … lights for high beam, oil pressure, and signals.

The fork lock is combined with the ignition which is located at the top of the triple

The four gallon gas tank has kneepads and a flat, locking, gas From the side it looks a classic Triumph gas tank, but the riding position it is much One of the most attractive features of the Bonneville 650 was its svelte 2.5 gallon a fact that seems to been overlooked by Kawasaki.

An pressed steel seam completely around the lower of the tank. Nevertheless, overall it is a looking gas tank

The ersatz Triumph-like chrome badges are fastened with an and can be removed without damaging the job, as can all the other Kawasaki and decals on the bike. Since I that the tank badges from the lines of the tank, I remove them if this my personal bike. In the past I found that a hair works well for this.

I also remove the word from the back of the dual (contact cleaner or something will work here). On the hand, I thought the gold decals on the black side (which form the air box for the twin restrained and appropriate, and I would them in place. My purpose not be to conceal the fact that bike is a W650, but rather to up details I regard as unsightly.

The looking front and rear reflectors are equally easy to and their absence would help to clean up the appearance of the

A W650 weighs 434 pounds quite a bit more than a Bonneville’s 386 pounds. Wet weight is 460 pounds. Wheelbase is 57.1 and ground clearance is 4.9 inches.

The seat height is 31.5 but the bike is narrow, which the rider’s feet reach the

Nice features include the chrome fenders, the flexible signal stalks (designed to the chance of damage in a tip over), passenger grab handles, a stand (in addition to a kick kick as well as electric and the big chrome headlight.

Not so nice features include the of self-canceling turn signals, the black painted rear the dim dash lights that are to see in bright sunlight (a common with many motorcycles), the horn, and the ungainly combined light, rear turn and license plate bracket. the aftermarket could supply to replace the latter.

Kawasaki very little in the way of accessories for the as of this writing. I hope take steps to improve the but for now adapting multi-fit parts aftermarket suppliers is about the recourse. There is a Yahoo Registry on the web to assist W650 find accessories and information. The URL is:

Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype

Riding the W-650 revealed no It started immediately when I the starter button. I have started all the real Britbikes I want to, so I eschewed the kickstarter, but the (Cycle Sport of Eugene, OR) me that it will start one kick.

Despite its British this Kawasaki feels a typical Japanese motorcycle. The is smooth and the transmission shifts and precisely, a definite improvement vintage British bikes. The note is very restrained; I drill out the baffles or invest in a set of flowing mufflers if I owned a The brakes are adequate for the bike’s The mirrors are functional at speed and a decent rear view.

are a pleasant departure from the mirrors on vintage British

Another departure is the excellent headlight, which offers a low suitable for riding in town and a beam bright enough for country roads at night. The on classic British bikes was

The seating position is basically upright, although the flat lets the rider move to change position, and makes it to lay on the tank for brief high runs. There is a slight and a hard spot in the middle of the exactly where I wanted to my …. (I am 5′ 10 tall, fairly long arms.) I that Kawasaki has improved the on 2001 models. The wide has a standard bend and conventional switches and controls.

I didn’t the W650 with a passenger, but I that one could, at least for jaunts. Longer trips probably find the seat too for comfort.

Engine performance is if not overwhelming. The red line is at 7500, the tach reads to 9000 Torque seemed best, and the seemed happiest, in the middle of the RPM My test bike was not completely so I did not wind the engine all the way out.

In any the motor’s power characteristics are that I felt no need to do so. It is more fun to twist the right of a T120 Bonneville.

The W650 no handling vices, unlike older Japanese twins. it did not give me the confidence a 1969 used to inspire. It will go through corners about as but somehow it didn’t feel as to me.

Other reviewers have similar opinions about the model W650, so for 2001 subtly adjusted the rake and of the front end for improved feel.

One of the nice things about style standard motorcycles is small changes to incorporate improvements are all that is required to the bike current. We can anticipate the remaining essentially the same for years. Change for the sake of with its negative impact on value, is unlikely.

I see the W650 as an city and commuter bike is also more than for Sunday rides out of town or the weekend trip. It looks and offers good overall Like other standard it can serve multiple purposes.

It more refined than British 650’s, but lacks the presence and fun factor of these It also lacks the vibration plagues a vintage Britbike.

The offers neat styling and reliability, without oil leaks. It is to hold its value well. I it as one of the best all-around medium motorcycles on the market today.

It is not a cheap motorcycle, nor does it a lot of trick features. But it is smooth and to ride. It is hard to imagine not liking it.

Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype
Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype
Kawasaki Square Four 2 Stroke Prototype

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