2000 Kawasaki W650 from United Kingdom
A brilliant bike for sedate motorcycling
Carburettors prone to blockage if not regularly used.
Cold blooded, needing a long warm up from cold.
The best bike I have ever owned for riding sedately.
The torque at low revs makes town use an absolute pleasure, as is riding on minor roads.
Yet the bike is deceptively fast. You can rocket back home from a country ride at higher than legal speeds on fast A roads, knowing that the engine is bulletproof and will never leak oil or blow up.
Tinware, rots from the inside, and I'm now on a second rear mudguard, and a universal front mudguard.
Original exhaust and silencer are integral, and very expensive. I bought a complete replacement system off eBay at half price, but kept the old system, which still works but is slightly scruffy.
Economy is very good, but I rarely ride over 70mph.
Running costs are very reasonable, and I service the bike annually.
As a daily runner it may frustrate, as it is cold blooded, and needs to run on the choke for quite a while.
But as a leisure bike, it takes some beating.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th May, 2022