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Old 12-22-2013, 04:00 AM   #1
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Changes for making a w650 an adventure bike

Decided I'm going for the w650 but I suspect although is a good motorbike she should be improved for off road purposes. I'm already thinking in tires and suspension Any brand or model? Any other upgrade?
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:04 AM   #2
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:06 AM   #3
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:49 AM   #4
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Awesome bikes!! But to much cosmetic aim looking for something less customized, and more technical related
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #5
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Wow! Very tidy Kevin
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:30 PM   #6
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Subjective tire advice - Heidenau

Since your stock rim sizes are 19" front and 18" rear, you'll have lots of dual purpose tires to pick from.

Big block, aggressive & oversize knobbies look cool but aren't suited for the 80% of time most of us are riding pavement. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better all around tire than the Heidenau Scout K60.

I converted my Honda GB400 to be more dirt road capable - and ended up lacing a 19" rim (stock front was 18") so I could fit the Heidenaus (100/90/19 front and 4.0 x 18" rear). They're perfect and look suitable on a neo-Scrambler.

As far as suspension upgrades...a good bang for your buck is to adapt Race Tech gold valves to the forks and add stiffer springs. Out back, experiment to see if you can run longer shocks - on my GB an increase of +20mm over stock worked perfectly (to level out the taller 19"front hoop). I had Hagon make me a custom set of the "Trail" rear shocks...longer total stroke and different valving. Only $225usd or so shipped to my door for custom shocks was hard to beat.

Good luck!
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:00 PM   #7
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I was going to reply to the OP with something along the lines of 'why try to make a silks purse out of a sows ear' but that pic made me eat my words.

Awesome. More details, Kev?
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:12 PM   #8
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Since your stock rim sizes are 19" front and 18" rear, you'll have lots of dual purpose tires to pick from.

Big block, aggressive & oversize knobbies look cool but aren't suited for the 80% of time most of us are riding pavement. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better all around tire than the Heidenau Scout K60.

I converted my Honda GB400 to be more dirt road capable - and ended up lacing a 19" rim (stock front was 18") so I could fit the Heidenaus (100/90/19 front and 4.0 x 18" rear). They're perfect and look suitable on a neo-Scrambler.

As far as suspension upgrades...a good bang for your buck is to adapt Race Tech gold valves to the forks and add stiffer springs. Out back, experiment to see if you can run longer shocks - on my GB an increase of +20mm over stock worked perfectly (to level out the taller 19"front hoop). I had Hagon make me a custom set of the "Trail" rear shocks...longer total stroke and different valving. Only $225usd or so shipped to my door for custom shocks was hard to beat.

Good luck!
I agree with you on the Heidenaus. Excellent tyres for this kind of work.


Whatever you will do to that W650, please feel free to share the progress and end result on ADV!
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:06 AM   #9
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I was going to reply to the OP with something along the lines of 'why try to make a silks purse out of a sows ear' but that pic made me eat my words.

Awesome. More details, Kev?
I have no details, not my bike, just a random Google image!, it has a Tax disk holder so someone over here in the UK built it.
I have always liked them though, so anything you can do to a 1960's Triumph twin, you can do to a W650 or W800.
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:34 AM   #10
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Love that classic front brake on the green bike.

Edit: Just noticed the black paint was removed from the front forks and rear brake hub, looks good.

Would love to see the other side to see what the pipes look like.
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Old 12-23-2013, 04:37 AM   #11
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I have no details, not my bike, just a random Google image!, it has a Tax disk holder so someone over here in the UK built it.
I have always liked them though, so anything you can do to a 1960's Triumph twin, you can do to a W650 or W800.
Britain's got biking talent finalist from what I can google. Nice work.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:52 PM   #12
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Im gonna turn my W into a urban scramblet. Its been a cafe racer for the last 10 years. Motocross bars, dualsport tires, reshaped seat, some kind of exhaust mod. Hell ive been exploring on this thing for years the way it is now.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:38 AM   #13
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They are pretty damned heavy lumps - front end needs decent upgrade for dirt riding too....

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Be great to watch this one develop

Bit "tarty", but pretty...



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Those pipes suck. Good for noise and catching the forest on fire....
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