Kawasaki’s W650 was on sale in the United States very briefly, only from 2000 to 2001. I remember viewing one at the local Kawasaki dealer and falling in love with the design. Classic British good looks with Japanese reliability, how could it succeed? Well, it didn’t, at least not here in the US, but overseas it had a much better run. This example from Taiwan has been tweaked with some custom touches, and looks stellar.
The changes are minor, mostly cosmetic, but they enhance the retro look superbly. the bike is still ride-able, but stands out from a stocker. Too bad they are so hard to find here, they’re still a great bike!
Source: Mulligan Machine
This looks almost nothing like a 1994 Triumph Tiger, yet it is. The addition of a Thunderbird tank and seat completely transform the bike from an adventure bike to a nice little scrambler. The sides look a little unfinished and need some work, but overall it’s a nice build. I do wonder however if it have been easier to start with a Trident and add the suspension from a Tiger? Just a thought.
Source: Rocket Garage
There may be no replacement for displacement, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try! Janne Leiman from Finland, the owner of JL Meccanica, took a Jawa 500 and mated a supercharger to the engine. Pure crazy, and we love it!
Source: Bubble Visor
Sometimes, as in this case, one picture is all you get. I’ve searches the interwebs, but couldn’t find anything besides the photo, but it’s intriguing. This Yamaha XT500 has modern front forks and swingarm, so she probably handles really well. The seat looks more like a torture device, but I’ll bet she doesn’t go on long trips! If anyone has more info, leave a comment!