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Old 02-11-2010, 07:57 AM   #196
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That is a nice looking bike. Very tasteful and well done. I might have built one a bit differently, but that's what makes this fun--to see what others have done.

Sweet.
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Old 02-11-2010, 09:16 AM   #197
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Very pretty, some interesting details.

No turn signals that I can see. He painted the little cover on the upper right engine black, haven't seen that before. I've seen it drilled, even drilled in the shape of a "W", but not painted. I've read there's nothing behind it, just a cosmetic cover, no seal, liquids, or gears. Black rims too, nice.

The grips look like the old Triumph style, air cushioned.
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:45 PM   #198
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:48 PM   #199
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Old 02-12-2010, 05:59 PM   #200
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Whoa -
Have you actually ridden those?! How does it feel different?
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Old 02-13-2010, 11:34 AM   #201
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Thumb Featherbed and Rickmans

Wow, those are gorgeous. I understand that someone is reproducing the featherbed frame; is anyone still building Rickmans?
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:51 PM   #202
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Those are both awesome, love the traditional styling, including drum brakes.

But those both have some seriously wide drums up front.

Thanks for the photos. Any more history? Were they raced?

Were the pictures taken at a show or track?
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Old 02-13-2010, 08:43 PM   #203
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Featherbed and Rickman Ws

Both of these jewels are the handiwork of Bruno Doetsch in Hildburghausen Germany. He's done a number of Ws and sells cafe type accessories for them. I got the pix from his website - linky.

Uncle Ernie: If I ever had a chance to ride one of these either Bruno or the bike's rightful owner would still be out looking for me.

ORexpat and Speedo66: Both featherbed repro frames and Metisse bikes are still in production.

Featherbed frames are available from Unity Equipe in Todmorden UK - linky.

Metisse bikes are available from Metisse Motorcycles in Carswell UK - linky.

This stuff is way out of my spending zone, but it doesn't hurt to look. I'm surprised there aren't more examples like these. I expect part of that stems from there not being a ton of Ws in circulation to be used as organ donors. Add to that the fact that the W is already a pretty sweet package, at least after getting rid of the high handlebars.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:50 AM   #204
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Well, I can't afford them either, but it's nice to know they're out there.

Sure do enjoy looking at them.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:03 PM   #205
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Having dealt with Unity Equipe, I would most strenuously warn against them for anything more than nuts and bolts.
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:06 PM   #206
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Saw a set of fork legs for a W650 on Ebay today, not too expensive.

Thought it might be fun to have the paint removed, polish them, and upgrade the fork oil at the same time.

But by the time I added up the cost of the forks, the polishing, and the removal and installation, turned out more than I wanted to spend.

But it's still an idea for the future with my own forks.

Anybody here done it?
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:18 PM   #207
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Originally Posted by Speedo66
Saw a set of fork legs for a W650 on Ebay today, not too expensive.

Thought it might be fun to have the paint removed, polish them, and upgrade the fork oil at the same time.

But by the time I added up the cost of the forks, the polishing, and the removal and installation, turned out more than I wanted to spend.

But it's still an idea for the future with my own forks.

Anybody here done it?
Not me - I like them the way they are. I'm sure if they came from the factory already polished there'd be some who'd be painting them black. Look at that W engine in the Featherbed above.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:02 PM   #208
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nice find, i have always liked that bike
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:48 PM   #209
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Whose W650 Outside the Bar Matchless Tonight?

Saw a nice W650 with classic W1 tank emblems outside the Bar Matchless tonight in Williamsburg Brooklyn, belong to anybody here?

Repainted tank, bar end mirrors, shortened rear fender, nice looking bike.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:36 PM   #210
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Had a beautiful weekend last week. Got the W out for a nice 200-mile ride. Ran smooth and sweet all day. The only gripe I have is that the wind blast gets pretty fatiguing over about 65 mph. I may have to look into that Z-Power bar kit. Would be great to have bars with the same rise but with less pullback - something a little straighter.

EDIT: Actually looks like the Bikemaster Euro bars might be the way to go based on earlier posts in this thread. Anybody got any pics of theirs with those bars?

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