The Kawasaki W650 is a motorcycle just begging to be customized. Production ended in 2008, but it’s easy to find one on the secondhand market, prices are reasonable, and custom parts are plentiful.
There are a lot of top-dollar W650 builds out there, yet this 2003 model shows what can be done with a little ingenuity—plus the tank from an old Honda CG125.
It’s the work of Cafe Racer Dreams of Spain, who have fitted a plush custom seat unit to make up for the ‘rigid’ rear suspension—which is a pair of modified steering rods from a 1973 Ford Gran Torino.
The Kawasaki W650 has ample power delivery for most riders, so in this case mods are restricted to the breathing. K&N filters handle the intake, and the stubby exhaust system is a custom-fabricated item built to CRD’s design.
The footpegs are Tarozzi, and the front suspension has been dropped a little to lower the overall stance of the bike. Stiffer springs compensate for the slightly reduced travel.
The battery now hides in a discreet box under the swingarm, and the simplified electrics are wired up to Motogadget switchgear and a compact headlight of CRD’s own design. The ignition has been moved to the right-hand side of the chassis, giving the Renthal Ultra Low bars an even cleaner look. The tires are Continental TKC 80s, which despite the semi-knobbly looks are renowned for their predictable handling on asphalt.
It’s a stylish and rideable machine, mixing retro custom looks with modern reliability and easy servicing. Would you put it in your garage?