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Author Topic: Brodie's W800  (Read 4515 times)

Offline Brodie

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Brodie's W800
« on: Sep 24, 2018, 03:24:30 »
Decided to start a project thread for my W800 I bought 2 weeks ago. For all the searching on the net I can find there is not much info on mods to these bike. I know the US folks miss out on them but some of the mods will cross over to the W650.

My main aim with this bike is to improve the ride and reduce the weight. At a supposed 217kg stock it has some weight to loose. Due to the EU compliance it had to pass the exhaust system is a heavy beast.

So hopefully I can catalogue, photograph and explain all the mods well enough to give other owners a bit of a hand.

Some of the problems with the bike I have found so far are:

A lovely view of my arms and not much else in the stock mirrors.
Bit of an issue with wind buffeting at high speed.
Some wobble during corners and high speed straights.
Very heavy exhaust system. The owners manual claims it had cat converters and the only place I can see for them is in the stock mufflers.
Weighted handlebars, to reduce vibration.
Standard stupidly large turn signals and tail light.

I will weigh everything I remove and add to keep a somewhat accurate log of the weight reduction. My aim is to get it under 200kg

First mods will be:

Fitting a Dart Flyscreen to help with wind defection. Bit of an issue at the "ton"
Bar end mirrors, so I can see behind me.
Better hand grips for long ride comfort.
Light weight alloy handle bars. If there is to much vibration I will foam fill them.

Planned mods are:
New mufflers. Reverse cone with tuneable baffles. These should be the biggest weight saver.
Fork brace to help with the cornering.
Steering damper for the same reason.
EJK tuner to smooth out fuel and help compensate for better mufflers.
High flow air filter.

So here she is in all her stock glory.
Each mod will have its own post with a walkthrough like manner.
« Last Edit: Sep 24, 2018, 13:07:08 by Brodie »
I'm not sure, but don't ask Brodie.

Way to many build and half done projects to list here.
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Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #1 on: Sep 24, 2018, 09:37:34 »
I'm in
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #2 on: Sep 24, 2018, 09:52:52 »
Absolutely love this bike, looking forward to seeing you make it your own.
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Offline Maritime

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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #3 on: Sep 24, 2018, 10:18:29 »
In, these are nice rides, too bad we don't get them here.
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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #4 on: Sep 24, 2018, 10:21:52 »
love it. watching
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Offline beachcomber

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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #5 on: Sep 24, 2018, 11:01:11 »
Oh yes !!!!!!!
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Offline canyoncarver

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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #6 on: Sep 24, 2018, 11:13:21 »
You are right, we don't really get them here in the US and that's a bummer.  I've never seen one with a factory blacked out motor like yours.  It's gorgeous.

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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #7 on: Sep 24, 2018, 11:17:43 »
Yeah, man.  That bike is all kinds of goodness.

Offline 1fasgsxr

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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #8 on: Sep 24, 2018, 13:26:50 »
Man that thing looks good. Sure wish we got them here!
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Offline Maritime

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Re: Brodie's W800
« Reply #9 on: Sep 24, 2018, 15:00:41 »
I think we got the W650 for like 1 model year here.  Like the GB500 Honda's. Came out a few years too early to hit the retro wave.
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