2001 Kawasaki W650

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2001 Kawasaki W650
2001 Kawasaki W650

2001 Kawasaki W650
2001 Kawasaki W650

2001 Kawasaki W650
2001 Kawasaki W650


– 2001 Kawasaki W650

With the booming popularity of nostalgic-styled motorcycles, Kawasaki drew from the vaults of history to create the W650. This addition to Kawasaki’s line-up is reminiscent of the styling and technological design features of the Kawasaki W1 and W1SA parallel twin-cylinder motorcycles of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Swing a leg over it and experience some Good Times.


2001 KAWASAKI W650

Improved comfort and handling for this classic remake

Kawasaki drew from the vaults of its own history when it created the W650. Reminiscent of the styling and technological design features of the Kawasaki W1 and W1SA parallel twin-cylinder motorcycles of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the W650 piqued the interest of enthusiasts everywhere.

It only gets better in 2001. A new seat and redesigned tank pads enhance rider comfort, while revised steering geometry and front suspension changes improve handling.

The W650’s twin cylinder, air-cooled 676cc engine churns out plenty of responsive low- and mid-range power, due in part to its long-stroke 360 degree crankshaft that has both pistons rising and falling together. A modern four-valve cylinder head helps give the W650 a healthy top-end, too. The valves are actuated by a single overhead camshaft that is driven by a hypoid gear, where the bevel shaft is offset to one side of the gears for less noise and friction, and increased durability.

The pair of constant velocity carburetors are equipped with the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC) throttle position sensor. Connected to the Digital Ignition system, K-TRIC varies ignition timing according to throttle position and engine rpm so that the ignition compensates for differing engine loads for crisp throttle response and better fuel efficiency.

Other modern engine features include a lightweight and compact rare-earth magnet generator rotor, wet sump, balancer shaft to help eliminate vibration, push
button electric starting and a slick-shifting five-speed transmission with Kawasaki’s Positive Neutral Finder that makes shifting into neutral when
stopped a breeze. The W650 also runs much cleaner than the machines that inspired its design due to the Kawasaki Clean Air (KCA) system. Fresh air is fed into the exhaust just beyond the exhaust valves for reduced emissions.

The W650’s chassis design is clean and simple. A traditional double-cradle frame uses a hefty square-section backbone for rigidity. A half-degree increase in the steering angle plus a 2mm larger axle and new front hub featuring larger bearings improve handling. A steel swingarm and twin shocks with adjustable preload provide the rear suspension, while the ride up front has been improved with new fork springs and revised rebound and compression damping. Braking power is supplied by a 300mm front disc and rear drum.

This machine is finished off in classic Kawasaki W-model styling. A shapely gas tank features high quality paint and chrome with redesigned rubber knee pads that are thinner, lighter and have smoother edges. The shape of the long seat was slightly altered and padded ribs added to make it more comfortable. It still has plenty of room for both rider and passenger, plus it’s finished with a retro-looking white bead. A wide, chromed handlebar helps put the rider in an upright, natural position. Modern instrumentation that is re-angled toward the rider for better visibility includes a liquid crystal display for the odometer and trip meter.

The Kawasaki W650 recalls the great machines that helped to lay the foundation of Kawasaki performance. While its styling is a trip into the past, its modern features have the W650 pointed directly into the future.


2001 W650 FEATURES

Parallel-Twin 676cc Engine with Balancer

Broad torque at low- and mid-range

Smooth and reliable

Balancer smoothes vibration

Engine rubber-mounted in chassis for greater rider comfort

Durable bevel cam drive

Four Valves Per Cylinder

Better breathing for more power and low end torque

Single overhead cam design is simple, lightweight, and practical

Five-Speed Transmission

Ratios designed for great acceleration and relaxed highway cruising

Exclusive Positive Neutral Finder

34mm CVK Carburetors With Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC)

A position sensor monitors throttle position so that its micro-computer can determine the best ignition timing for more power and better fuel economy

Double Cradle Frame with Square Section Backbone

Compact and stable

Riding Comfort

Long seat for two-up riding

Traditional styling offers upright seating position

Kawasaki Clean Air (KCA) Exhaust System

Feeds air into exhaust port to reduce emissions

Front Disc Brake

300mm front disc brake with dual piston caliper provides sure stops


Simplifies servicing, cleaning or parking

Maintenance-free Battery

Longer lifespan, hassle free

Spin-on Oil Filter

Automotive spin-on style simplifies oil changes


Revised for 2001:

Double Cradle High Tensile Steel Frame
Comfortable Riding Position
Electronic Instrumentation
39mm Conventional Front Forks
Plated Wire-Spoked Wheels

New for 2001:

Pearl Boulogne / Pearl Ivory




Engine Type
4-stroke, air-cooled

676 cc.

Bore x Stroke
72 x 83 mm.

Compression Ratio

Valve System
SOHC, 8 valves

Keihin CVK34 x 2

Digital with K-Tric

Electric and kick starter


Frame type
Double-cradle, high tensile steel

27 degrees


Suspension, Front
39 mm conventional front fork

Suspension, Rear
Dual hydraulic shocks with 5-way preload adjustment

Tire Front

Tire Rear

Brakes, Front
Single 300 mm. disc with two-piston caliper

Brakes, Rear
160 mm. drum

Seat Height

Fuel Capacity
4.0 gallons

Dry Weight
434 pounds

Specifications are subject to change without notice, in accordance with national regulation and legislations.

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