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G'day from Australia
Topic Started: Jan 7 2018, 09:47 AM (555 Views)
AndyD
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G;day everyone from Australia, have restored a few Kawasakis over the years and have enjoyed everyone of them. My next project in the line is a 2000 w650 has been neglected over the years but should clean up OK, it will be a total strip down.
I shall enjoy looking at this website and will gather a lot of valuable info from other members.
Regards Andy
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:789 It's a great bike and I'm sure it will reward your efforts.My wife and I will be visiting our daughter who is at Melbourne University in the near future. Looking forward to some warmer weather, it was -6c here last night.
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Hiya, welcome. Where in OZ are yuz. I rode around the huge place on a Suzuki ER 250 two stroke with a snapped frame in 1985 !
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Very sorry for not replying earlier but have been really busy moving house and had no time. I am in Sydney at the moment.
You are a brave man to tackle Australia or even part of it on a 250 but you did it and you can tell the tale, I take my hat off to you.
Just about to start working on a 2000 W650 when all settles down so I will enjoy that.
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Hi owdbiker, The bike came up pretty clean and such a rush to ride, If you want summer come on over, we have had weeks of 40 - 47 deg C days in a row and the humidity is a killer, a bit too much and very hard to get used to, hey but that's OZ
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Hi Andy, must admit the temperature difference was a shock, but it was great to spend all our time in shorts. It was quite cool for Melbourne ranging from 16c at 8am one day(although it was 26 by noon) up to 40 one memorable Sunday. Thank goodness for air conditioned museums and shopping malls I say! Saw some great biking roads, and coupled with the sunny weather, heaven! Loads of bikes parked on the pavements and being ridden around. Harleys with VERY loud pipes were in abundance, but I did spot a couple of W650s several ER6s, quite a lot of Ninja 250s and a scattering of the bigger bikes. Hopefully The Peter Stevens dealership in Elizabeth street supplied them all! Hated to leave OZ, there's a feeling of optimism there which seems to be lacking over here. Must be the sunny weather. Shall follow your progress with keen interest. Only got back Saturday at 5:30 am our time after leaving Melbourne Friday 3:30 pm OZ time. It's cold, damp and grey here. Pity I'm too old to emigrate! Oh well :285
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G'day all, Have had a bit of a go at the W650 lately, finally got it stripped down, the frame powder coated and a few other bits and pieces, while the frame was away I pulled down the motor ( which was going OK ) just to have a bit of a look and make a few measurements, replaced the rings, checked the tappets and generally cleaned everything up. They are a very good bike to work on, everything just falls into place even if you have forgotten where it goes you can easily work it out. Probably the worst thing is that monster of an air box a little overdone if you ask me.
Anyway all going back together now (slowly) there is no rush as I have a couple of other old bikes (restored) to sell before I move.
A couple of photos of the progress. Still having beautiful Autumn weather 25deg but very dry but good bike weather.
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