Kawasaki W650 custom


When I first saw this sensational street tracker-styled Kawasaki W650, I thought it was from a Tokyo custom shop. But I was 3,000 km off the mark: this is a Taiwanese bike. It’s 2002 model customized by Qing Chen, editor of the slick Taipei-based magazine Free Biker. After tracking down Qing, more details emerged. Power is boosted from the usual 50 hp via a Peyton Place exhaust system and Keihin Roundslide CR33 Sidedraft carburetion. Qing cut the front fork down a couple of inches, and fitted Öhlins 36E emulsion shocks to the rear. A four-pot Brembo on the front wheel hauls the bike down from speed much quicker than usual. The seat comes from Logic Brand, the taillight and rear fender are from Japanese custom supplier Daytona, and the bars and headlight are generic no-brand types but fit the look perfectly. Wheels are 18” front and back from DID, shod with retro-style Firestones. And it’s all topped off by a superb custom paint job. For more pictures of the W650 and its construction, jump to this excellent Flickr set—and then check out some of the other sets, because Qing has great taste in two- and four-wheeled machinery. [Via the excellent Mulligan Machine.]

  • Maruice Poonwhiddle

    Absolutely stunning. Not one element out of place, or extraneous. Less is generally more in the case of custom bikes, and it shows in this gorgeous example.

  • http://www.doublenaut.com andrew

    really like this!

  • 4Cammer

    In a world of totally useless custom bikes comes this…NICE. Very well done.

  • http://www.peterlombardi.com Peter Lombardi

    wow!!! love it, add it to the list of favorite W650’s for certain. love that yellow light, goes perfect with the blood-red and black scheme for the rest of the
    bike.
    -peter

  • kim scholer

    Neat way of hiding the front license plate.

  • youfes

    quality posts as usual. cheers!

  • http://kkoolook.info @kkoolook

    awesome!