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Offline StuartC

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2014, 09:17:45 pm »
looks like proper riding,, and look,, no Kawas in the pics !!!  lol
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2014, 09:25:51 pm »
My kind of rider and riding I assume,, 90-100 all day

fanks - that's pretty accurate. 60-120 depending on the road condition. Ouberg Pass was a mistake though - destroyed the bike in a few ways.


looks like proper riding,, and look,, no Kawas in the pics !!!  lol

Sorry bud. That's a Kawa in the pics.  :deal:
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2014, 09:34:34 pm »
hell's bell's,, and so it is,, what kwacka is that?
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2014, 09:36:53 pm »
Seriously,, though,, to me the ride starts when you leave your gate,, yes my TDM can do 2oo (so they say)  never been over 130 myself,, rather enjoy the time on the scooter than getting to the destination in a hurry
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2014, 09:49:36 pm »
hell's bell's,, and so it is,, what kwacka is that?

1999 model Kawasaki W650. Google it.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2014, 09:52:15 pm »
sweet looking scooter,, love the old style look but please dont tell Vintage Mania,, he'll think I have gone soft !
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2014, 09:58:11 pm »
thats what caught me in the first pic,, thought it was an older British twin
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2014, 09:59:16 pm »
It often gets mistaken for a british bike

here's the history of the bike since I got it:
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=70980.0

Skip to the last few pages for current plans and progress...
 

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2014, 10:08:52 pm »
Thats seriously sweet stuff but eish,, some of those seats could give you serious monkey butt after an hour
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2014, 10:13:47 pm »
Thats seriously sweet stuff but eish,, some of those seats could give you serious monkey butt after an hour

Haha, I suppose. It's a whole different vibe that  :thumleft:
 

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2014, 10:39:16 pm »
I see I'm not the only one to use Army Groots Sakke as saddle bag
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2014, 02:35:26 am »
It often gets mistaken for a british bike

I have no illusions that it was INTENTIONALLY styled to look like a British Bike - as if this isn't a Triumph Bonneville look-alike...



From Motorcycleclassics,com:

http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-japanese-motorcycles/kawasaki-w650-zmmz13jfzbea.aspx#axzz2z6EMDYgo

"Kawi claimed the 2000 W650 (introduced in late 1999) was intended to recall its own W1 twin of the late 1960s (itself derived from a BSA A7) rather than the Bonnie. Yet the similarities between those two were slight, owing largely to the difference between the W650ís overhead cam engine and the W1ís pushrod mill, which looked as if it had been lifted straight out of a BSA. With the W650, Kawasaki locked in the retro look so perfectly even Triumph fans often need a double-take to distinguish one from a period Meriden bike ó down to the Smithís-look-alike instruments, the Triumph-esque gas tank and badges, cigar-shaped mufflers, drum rear brake, knee pads and rubber fork gaiters."

Read more: http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-japanese-motorcycles/kawasaki-w650-zmmz13jfzbea.aspx#ixzz2z6ErITQm

You have just got to love this custom Kwacker:


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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2014, 04:55:12 am »
sweet looking scooter,, love the old style look but please dont tell Vintage Mania,, he'll think I have gone soft !

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2014, 07:11:29 am »
you should be working not reading forums ! :spitcoffee:
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2014, 04:10:39 pm »
Made some raisers for the bottom mounting of the rear shock on my TDM. I had pics of it somewhere will try to dig it out. Also contemplated using the old Super Tenere exhaust and rear foot peg mounts but never got around to it. Handlebars were BMW1200GS. Guards were from a Suzuki 650 Vstrom, Screen from BMW GS1100. Modified the fairing myself to reposition the gauges.
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #36 on: April 18, 2014, 07:20:56 am »
Barry,, If one could find a blown 750 Tenere it would be the holy grail,,  i have gone the custom foot peg,, stiffened up the suspenders vario back bar raisers as the 1200 GS bars are not like normal bars, I'll have a look at adapting a GS screen,, good idea there as the stock aint very good,, also going to look for a 2005 R6 rer shock,, they say it gives an extra 40mm travel
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #38 on: April 27, 2014, 05:22:20 pm »
I'd like to take a Suzuki GS450G twin and "adventurize" that.
Tough as nails aircooled motor and one can easily fit a 21" frontwheel.
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Suzuki Gs 450 Esordio by Ruote Rugginose Walk Around

OK the seat looks like buns that still needs to go to a oven :imaposer: but the rest I
like. :thumleft:
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #39 on: April 27, 2014, 06:19:05 pm »
Yes, Chris, the GS450 was a very reliable engine, with no weak points, and fast too. Clocked 180 on Killarney in 1977[I think?] , anyway the year they came out in.