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Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 05:27 PM
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Posted By The Jerk
Addendum to KCA Removal

So while I was working on the bike today I tied up a loose end with my Kawasaki Clean Air (KCA) system removal from way back.

Here's the original article...
Forum: Road warriors 03-28-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
How to Change the Oil

All the time I've had my W I've never done a tutorial for an oil change because I thought, "everyone knows how to do an oil change." But I was thinking, maybe not everyone knows how to do an oil...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Replacing the Fuel Hoses

Being that our bikes are 14-15 years old now, I thought it would be good to do some preventative maintenance and replace all the fuel and vacuum hoses on the carburetors (but especially fuel). I...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-23-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 25,546
Views: 1,797,972
Posted By The Jerk
Jerk! :lol3

Jerk! :lol3
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
If it ran good, and then ran crappy after you...

If it ran good, and then ran crappy after you pulled/re-installed the plugs, then it's likely you did something to make it run crappy when you were pulling/re-installing the plugs :deal

Go over...
Forum: Road warriors 03-23-2015, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Too bad I just saw this; I had the carbs out...

Too bad I just saw this; I had the carbs out yesterday (replacing all the fuel lines - tutorial to follow) and I could have taken a photo of the precise attachment.

But the carbs and airbox are...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-22-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 25,546
Views: 1,797,972
Posted By The Jerk
Have you checked with JD? He's even in your neck...

Have you checked with JD? He's even in your neck of the woods.
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-21-2015, 01:04 PM
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Posted By The Jerk
Yes, good point, you can call your insurance...

Yes, good point, you can call your insurance company and add the VIN to your policy before you leave the guy's house even if you're riding on his plates. Good idea if your insurance company can...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-21-2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 25,546
Views: 1,797,972
Posted By The Jerk
I've done the "ride it home on the old plates"...

I've done the "ride it home on the old plates" thing many times over the years. It seems like people are getting hinky about doing this anymore but it used to be no big deal. Yeah it's not...
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2015, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
I thought about that too but the W650 is not an...

I thought about that too but the W650 is not an interference engine. It's pretty low compression so the pistons could not hit the spark plugs unless something was SERIOUSLY wrong and I doubt the...
Forum: Road warriors 03-20-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Well either the plug came out of the box like...

Well either the plug came out of the box like that and the mechanic didn't notice or check the gap before installing or he dropped it or something and somehow didn't check/notice. Either way doesn't...
Forum: Road warriors 03-19-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
What color smoke? Presuming black which yes is...

What color smoke? Presuming black which yes is generally a sign of too rich a mixture but can also be a sign of incomplete combustion.

Do the easy things first. If you have an improperly gapped...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-16-2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 25,546
Views: 1,797,972
Posted By The Jerk
The potholes will get them.

The potholes will get them.
Forum: Road warriors 03-14-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Keep in mind that the choke doesn't necessarily...

Keep in mind that the choke doesn't necessarily need to always be pulled all the way out. It really depends most on ambient temperature. Generally speaking the colder it is outside the more likely...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-13-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,547
Posted By The Jerk
Ferraris generally appreciate. Most other motor...

Ferraris generally appreciate. Most other motor vehicles, not so much. :D

But then again, markets for certain cars/bikes fluctuate all the time depending on what's the current hot item. Right...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-13-2015, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25,546
Views: 1,797,972
Posted By The Jerk
This is a very handy tool to carry around :D ...

This is a very handy tool to carry around :D

http://slavensracing.com/wp-content/uploads/Valve%20core%20tool%202.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 03-12-2015, 06:33 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Bad gas usually just means gas that got some...

Bad gas usually just means gas that got some water in it. Water and gasoline don't mix so if water gets into the underground storage tank at the station (someone knocked the cap off, or rainwater is...
Forum: Road warriors 03-12-2015, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
A lot of sites have this graphic to show the...

A lot of sites have this graphic to show the starting enrichment circuit for Keihin carbs (these carbs are used on a lot of bikes).

http://www.gadgetjq.com/keihin_choke.jpg

It's pretty simple...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 03-12-2015, 11:56 AM
Replies: 25,546
Views: 1,797,972
Posted By The Jerk
Hell, Florida is so open with their DMV info that...

Hell, Florida is so open with their DMV info that they might just give you her name and address if you call them on the phone!

On the flip side, RAV4 with Florida plates is usually Russian mobster...
Forum: Road warriors 03-12-2015, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Gas drip onto the starter should be traced and...

Gas drip onto the starter should be traced and rectified but it's hard to say if it relates to this issue (though I'm not a big believer in coincidences with this kind of thing). Can you see where...
Forum: Road warriors 03-09-2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
If it's super clean, low miles, and unmolested...

If it's super clean, low miles, and unmolested (i.e. all stock) then it's probably worth in the neighborhood of $4500-$5500. That seems to be the going rate for the cleanest of the clean these days.
Forum: Road warriors 02-28-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
That works fine right up until it doesn't. ...

That works fine right up until it doesn't. Problem is, the part where it doesn't could be somewhere very inconvenient.
Forum: Road warriors 02-27-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
This is a classic battery issue. Either the...

This is a classic battery issue. Either the battery itself is bad or you have loose battery terminals which causes the power loss as soon as you put any significant load on the system (i.e. using...
Forum: Road warriors 02-23-2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Hmmm lookie what I just got in the mail! ...

Hmmm lookie what I just got in the mail!

http://jerk.smugmug.com/photos/i-z4M6VDN/0/XL/i-z4M6VDN-XL.jpg

Looking at EU vs. USA wiring diagrams it's going to be interesting to make this work...
Forum: Road warriors 02-12-2015, 07:03 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Did that dipshit really rigidly mount the carbs...

Did that dipshit really rigidly mount the carbs to the engine and then hang them off a long metal tube? What's the over/under on how many miles before the vibration cracks the tube and the carbs are...
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Hmm I *have* always wanted to visit Japan....

Hmm I *have* always wanted to visit Japan....
Forum: Road warriors 01-30-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
If anybody's looking to order parts from Europe...

If anybody's looking to order parts from Europe (like goodies from w650shop.de or OEM parts from motorcyclespareparts.eu or cmsnl.com) now might be the time. The value of the Euro relative to the...
Forum: Road warriors 01-23-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
As long as it's on backorder and not...

As long as it's on backorder and not NLA...perhaps Kawasaki is in between containers from Japan. Fingers crossed anyway...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 01-23-2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 25,546
Views: 1,797,972
Posted By The Jerk
Nope, I'm not riding in that. Temperatures...

Nope, I'm not riding in that.

Temperatures hovering around freezing means wet heavy slick as snot snow and if there is indeed any ice accumulation you are totally hosed unless you're running...
Forum: Road warriors 01-21-2015, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
That does suck. Never had any issues with them...

That does suck. Never had any issues with them in the past and they have always shot me an e-mail if the part is backordered or not available. Perhaps they are under new sucky management.
...
Forum: Road warriors 01-20-2015, 04:18 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
That hose goes back to the carbs and attaches to...

That hose goes back to the carbs and attaches to a plastic tube that goes in between the two carb bodies. I don't know if that hose routing is factory correct, I only know that's where it was routed...
Forum: Road warriors 01-17-2015, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Road warriors 01-16-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Without me having to pull my bike apart and...

Without me having to pull my bike apart and measure, does anyone happen to know what size connectors Kawasaki uses for the spade connector plugs in the wiring harness? (not the parts that use bullet...
Forum: Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carpet baggers. 01-13-2015, 12:26 PM
Replies: 25,546
Views: 1,797,972
Posted By The Jerk
Hey I know that guy! I bought a bike from him...

Hey I know that guy! I bought a bike from him once. Great guy. Shit I hope he recovers well.
Forum: Road warriors 01-07-2015, 04:01 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Cool! I didn't know anyone was still doing...

Cool! I didn't know anyone was still doing external fuel pumps for FI these days. :D
Forum: Road warriors 01-07-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Cool! I was wondering what the difference was...

Cool! I was wondering what the difference was that called for the W800 seat to have a different part number. Looking at them side by side, I see they deleted the white piping for the W800.
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Any site that masks the manufacturer's part...

Any site that masks the manufacturer's part number on their parts diagrams and replaces it with their own useless number deserves to die. Even if they do have a cute dog.
Forum: Road warriors 01-06-2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Bike Bandit sucks, try kawasakipartshouse.com. ...

Bike Bandit sucks, try kawasakipartshouse.com.

They show the 2001 seat as available but it has a new part number:
53066-0344-NQ replacing 53001-1951-NQ for $389.77.

Perhaps this is why it...
Forum: Road warriors 01-05-2015, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
W650 parts are pretty readily available within...

W650 parts are pretty readily available within the U.S. in my experience.

I wouldn't be surprised if the seat is interchangeable but I would suspect not the fuel tank. It may physically fit but...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2015, 12:47 PM
Replies: 4,265
Views: 691,930
Posted By The Jerk
Back in the days of carbs, you'd have cars that...

Back in the days of carbs, you'd have cars that were driven gently by little old ladies on the way to church that would develop hard starting, rough running, etc. This was caused by carbon buildup. ...
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