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Jake's Kawasaki W650

All about Jake's 2001 Kawasaki W650

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Jake rides a very unusual motorcycle, a 2001 Kawasaki W650. It's a standard class bike, which bears a striking resemblance to the old Triumph Bonneville, which the new Triumph Bonneville bears a passing resemblance to. The W650 uses a vertical twin 673cc engine, has a dual instrument pod and a kickstarter! (It also has electric, but that's no fun...) Jake was looking for an older style bike such as a Ural or a Royal Enfield, but the whole idea was "looks old, works new". This he found in the W650. It has the old look, but modern ignition hidden away, an engine that doesn't leak oil, and the reliability found in a brand new motorcycle.

Jake's a member of the W650 Group on Yahoo, an extremely active email group with lots of great information about the W650 with an atmosphere not unlike the local pub. We have members from many countries, primarily the UK and the USA.