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Bikes and Bits For Sale / Re: Kawasaki W650, 2002 For Sale - SOLD
« Last post by Paul K on September 14, 2020, 07:22:12 am »
The bike has now been sold.  It was sold twice, but the first buyer had to cancel the purchase; his wife told him that at 77, he was too old and his eye-sight wasn't good enough  :(
Exeter / Re: Exeter Trial 2021
« Last post by Stephen Bailey on September 11, 2020, 08:32:56 pm »
Most excellent.... :)
Exeter / Exeter Trial 2021
« Last post by Keith Johnston on September 10, 2020, 03:51:04 pm »
Pleased to put some flesh on the bones outlining what we are proposing to offer on 8th & 9th  January. Our plan is for an event which stands the least chance of cancellation but this does mean we each have to accept some compromises.
First the bad news. It will not come as a surprise to Members and Volunteers to hear that our gravest concern is how to manage the social distancing of spectators at places like Fingle, Ilsington, Simms and Slippery Sam. Reluctantly, we have concluded that the risks are too great for us to include in 2021 any of the daytime sections west of Exeter.

In addition, in order to ensure compliance with the current government regulations on social distancing and group sizes, we are going to cap entries at 120 for the main trial running at 2 minute intervals. This means we can more easily control passage and queuing at the starts, Haynes, the Finish and before sections.

If thatís the bad news whatís the good?

We believe a unique feature of MCC trials is the night run and of the Exeter is the fact that the night run is through a sparsely populated and rural area of the South West. These two factors work in favour of a COVID compliant long distance Trial.

Our plan is to run the Main Trial starting from Tiverton at 19.30, followed by Cirencester and Popham. There will be a common route from Steps Lane special test for all competitors, north of Frome, plus a new tarmac restart before Haynes. Competitors will leave Haynes from 00.01 and will tackle some 10 sections and special tests finishing at Crealy from 05.30.

The Main Trial will include classes A-E, 1-8 and class 90 and will be available to full MCC Members only. Iím afraid no classes F or O will be available however, subject to demand, we will run a Class R event from Tiverton to Haynes and then from Haynes to Crealy. Both trials will have a distance of around 165 miles. The class R event will be limited to 30 competitors and will require no additional marshals.

As we are running a restricted entry and a shorter route, the 2021 Exeter Trial will not count towards a Triple.

We plan to open entries on 1st November subject to the necessary permissions being in place. It will be first come first served but we will be reserving 40% of places for motorcycle class entries and 60% for cars based upon the main trial mix in January 2020.

We believe that the event as planned minimises the risk of cancellation due to potential local lockdowns, as we are keeping it mainly rural and at night and having a shorter route than normal.

Very happy to respond to questions from Members and Volunteers either on our Facebook page, or on the Forum or through NOTW. My tin hat is at the ready!
General Discussion / Re: ACU National Road Rally 2020
« Last post by Paul K on September 02, 2020, 07:38:19 am »
Yep, my experience of Honda is their bike engines are bullet-proof.  I vaguely remember going into a dealership years ago (1970s) to get spares for a bike; there was a guy after a crankshaft ball bearing for the engine of his 50 cc Honda.  The bearing was as big as the crankshaft bearing in my pre-unit Triumph, which I think was 650 cc.

Mind, having said that, why did the guy need a replacement bearing  ???
General Discussion / Re: ACU National Road Rally 2020
« Last post by Dermot Murray on September 01, 2020, 11:02:19 am »
I entered the daytime event back in 2012 on my trusty Honda CB500 It was a really well organised event.
That old bike took me everywhere including a couple of European trips, and still took me to work every day.

I think I should have kept it.
Car Help / Re: Citroen Dyane (2CV) Three-wheeler Build
« Last post by Paul K on August 17, 2020, 07:49:26 am »
So now to try the Exeter 2013 and get the car prepared properly.  Enquiries to the club produced some very helpful advice from chief scrutineer Barrie Kirton.  All the missing bits were sourced and fitted, together with improved, raised suspension at the rear.  My dad was forced to withdraw and, to be honest, the Exeter trial was probably going to be too long for him; he was also a rubbish navigator ::).  Lydia (my youngest daughter), stepped up and signed on as navigator :D.

On January 4th 2013, we were at Popham for the Exeter start.  The weather was mild, no rain and none predicted.  I think temperatures were about 12 degC, which is incredibly warm for that time of the year, though probably not now.  The car breezed through Sparkford scrutineering, though, there was a comment about the hot exposed exhaust headers, but thatís no different from a bike or an outfit. 

Exeter Trial 2013 Haynes, Sparkford scrutineering, Barrie Kirton giving it the once-over
General Discussion / ACU National Road Rally 2020
« Last post by Paul K on August 13, 2020, 07:35:34 am »
The ACU are holding this yearís rally albeit not at the usual date and itíll be a day event on 12 September; no night run.  It is a chance to get out on the bike :); you could even do the event on a trails/trails bike.  Entries are open online at .  Social distancing is paramount this year so no manned controls, instead, at each control location, a National Road Rally sign will be put up with a unique code printed on it.  SSR are available as a pdf download.  Iíve entered, but the matrix is not available yet so havenít worked out a route.
Bikes and Bits For Sale / Re: Kawasaki W650, 2002 For Sale
« Last post by Paul K on August 07, 2020, 06:48:15 pm »
I can wait a bit longer  ;D
Bikes and Bits For Sale / Re: Kawasaki W650, 2002 For Sale
« Last post by Alastair Queen on August 07, 2020, 04:45:41 pm »
Oh..if only..if only....if only I could sell  a motor in 5 minutes, i would be beating your door down...
Bikes and Bits For Sale / Kawasaki W650, 2002 For Sale - SOLD
« Last post by Paul K on August 07, 2020, 11:39:50 am »
Owned by me since March 2014, first registered June 2002.  Used for leisure ride-outs with local riders and events.  The bike has been ridden in four MCC Somerset Scatter events and enabled me to win Best Day Bike 2015, a Best Bike Night 2017, and Overall Winner 2018 and 2019.  The bike has also been ridden in several ACU national road Rallies and enabled me to win Platinum and Gold awards.

For more photos, follow this link .  If you want further photos, let me know and Iíll see what I can do.

Other features include the following:

1. Sag on the front and rear suspension is adjusted for me at 12 stone in my gear.

2. Gas shocks at the rear (stopped the wallowing at the rear when cornering).  They have done 5,275 miles / 8,490 km.

3. Fused, auxiliary 12 V SAE connector is fitted for a powering a sat nav or route holder, or for trickle charging the battery.

4. Motad stainless steel exhaust system is fitted (saves a load of weight and does not rust).

5. Carburetters have been set-up on a dyno (SDC Performance, Stevenage) for optimum jetting.

6. Speedometer is calibrated in kilometres, but the pertinent MPH points are marked on the bezel and were ascertained using a sat nav so the markings are accurate.

7. Rear indicators are mounted on the rear sub-frame on my model year, rather than the tail lamp assembly where that location often results in a cracked mudguard.

Mileage is 16,457 miles / 26,486 km and MOT is one year (expires 6 August 2021).

Regularly serviced and maintained, that is oil, oil filter, air filters and valve clearance checks and adjustments.  For reference, the valve clearance adjustments are a joy on this engine; the rockers slide sideways to allow removal of a shim, then the insertion of a new shim (no removal of the camshaft or the use of special tools).  A pdf copy of the service history while in my ownership is available on request.  Some receipts are available from the previous owner. 

Front tyre is a Continental TKC80 tyre at the front that has done 3,242 miles / 5,219 km, but there is still mileage remaining.  The rear tyre is a Mitas E-07 that has done about 3 miles (to MoT test centre and back).  I have used these models of tyres on other bikes up to 650 cc over the years and found them great on dry or wet tarmac

Front brake pads in have plenty of material remaining.  Rear brake shoes have plenty of material remaining when I changed the rear tyre and as can be seen by the wear indicator on the brake plate.

An Ownerís Manual and a Service Manual are available as digital files, which can be forwarded to the buyer.

The bike has not been abused is a good starter. 

Faults?  Apart from a crack in the rear number plate, there are none.  The bike is a joy to ride on A roads, B roads and unclassified roads.  Motorways are a chore, but they are on any bike.  The handling and brakes are excellent.  The MCC Somerset Scatter revealed I could get 191 miles / 306 km out of a full tank of fuel.  It would make an excellent bike for class R.

The reason for selling?  I initially used the bike for ride-outs with mates, then bought a 1,000 cc road bike that I used instead.  The last time I really used the bike was the Somerset Scatter 2019, the scatter was cancelled this year and Iíve built a 500 cc project that I might use for next yearís scatter.  I canít see myself using the W650 sufficiently in the future to justify the space it takes up so reluctantly I have to sell it.

And some background information.  The W650 has a dedicated following for a number of reasons, which include the styling and the bullet-proof engine.  The W650 is no longer made; the slot being taken by the larger W800, however, many aficionados believe the W650 is the better machine because the W800 went to fuel injection and had to meet more stringent emissions regulations.  The W650 engine capacity is actually 676 cc whereas the W800 is actually 773 cc, so 97 cc difference.

Price in the region of £3,600.  More if thereís a huge demand, less if thereís little demand.  No demand; itíll go on ebay.  Contact me paulkhambatta at (substitute @ for at)
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