Consider a basic scrambler, and a Triumph desert sled most likely involves thoughts. BSA and Matchless additionally made fairly good scramblers, and Honda had its CL collection. However the different Japanese marques have been noticeably absent.
This gorgeous W650 hints on the missed alternative. What if Kawasaki had bought down and soiled with its W collection within the 60s and 70s? Machines that, in any case, have been copies of a BSA.
This completely hoon-able W650 scrambler is the work of Mark Huang, who runs a moto components enterprise in Taipei, Taiwan. He does small custom jobs month-to-month and a few full builds yearly.
This scrambler is predicated on a 2004-model W650, and is packing much more custom work than you’d suppose. For starters, the body has a brand new polished chrome steel spine and subframe, joined to the unique chassis through custom-made metal lugs.
The impact is stylish and neatly executed. The unique chunky spine was floor off simply behind the steering head, nevertheless it’s been cleaned up superbly.
Mark’s additionally tweaked the stance for a scrambler vibe: It sits slightly increased now, with a 21” entrance wheel rather than the unique 19” unit, and a brand new set of Koni shocks out again.
The rear wheel nonetheless measures 18”, however each wheels are literally new. The fellows constructed them up utilizing classic Triumph T120 drum brake hubs, chrome steel spokes, and rims from the Mark Bikes retailer inventory.
That entrance brake is a stunner, however all of the trick engineering is going on out again. The T120 initially used a left foot brake—so the crew constructed a linkage to function the left aspect brake with the W650’s right-side pedal.
Up high, you’ll discover a basic BSA gasoline tank, full with its conventional center-mount system (therefore the brand new body spine that accommodates it). It’s additionally been adorned with chrome steel sections at the back and front, for slightly further aptitude.
The seat’s custom too, and consists of a fiber-reinforced plastic base and leather-based upholstery. Along with the prolonged rear fender, it nails the retro desert sled vibe.
Smaller upgrades and touches are littered all through this W650. The carbs have been upgraded to Keihin CR35s, and the air field has been ditched for a pair of Okay&N filters. The exhaust is custom too; a chic, excessive using twin chrome steel system.
Mark additionally rewired the W650, repacking every thing right into a discreet battery field below the seat. The ignition’s been relocated, and there’s no speedo, leaving the cockpit very sparse. New components embody 1” bars, modded levers and fundamental switches—all from the Mark Bikes retailer.
The headlight’s a small four.5” unit, mounted on a custom bracket with a petite cowl ending it off. A aspect mounted tail gentle and a full complement of flip alerts spherical out the lighting package deal.
Different touches embody a beefy engine safety plate, and our favourite bit: a navy gasoline can repurposed as a pannier.
It’s an enthralling bike, made much more so by the highest shelf paint job. Mark all the time works with Jeffrey at Air Runner Customized Paint—the identical man that paints Winston Yeh’s bikes.
The only tone blue appears fundamental, however simply check out the shading on these graphics. And between the browsing octopus on the tank, and the penguin (from the film Madagascar) on the pannier, there’s a wholesome dose of playfulness right here too.
Mark tells us the bike’s proprietor is an outdoorsy man—so we’re guessing he’s over the moon along with his new experience. Wouldn’t you be?
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