Tank and seat were made in Taiwan

Tank and seat were made in Taiwan

The starting point, with M Unit Blue, 1.1Ah battery and original ignition unit

The starting point, with M Unit Blue, 1.1Ah battery and original ignition unit

Later on, with Ignitech ignition

Later on, with Ignitech ignition

Rick’s W650

Every now and then a loom build comes along that’s a bit more complicated than usual This W 650’s loom was one of them. It used a Motogadget M Unit, and these are pretty complicated anyway. But then the M Button (which allows all the switchgear to work through a single cable) didn’t work. Next, the tail light proved faulty. After that, the original Kawasaki ignition unit wouldn’t spark. We fixed these problems by ditching the M Button, buying a new tail light and finally by fitting an Ignitech ignition.

Rick (who was endlessly patient while these snags were dealt with) built the bike for a friend. He used a custom house in Taiwan to get the mudguards, tank and seat. The build also features featured Motone push-button switchgear, through-the-bars wiring, an LED headlight, a Motogadget Motoscope Tiny speedo, a Motogadget keyless M Lock, Motogadget bar end indicators and a neat little unbranded tail light.

Nearly everything had to fit in a shallow glass fibre tray under the seat. The M Unit Blue connects to a phone, so you can switch the bike on as you walk towards it, and select any number of modes and data displays. We found that the M Unit’s current draw was a lot higher than advertised – almost 0.02 Amps. That was enough to flatten the battery in a weekend, so the bike has an old-fashioned isolator switch as well.

The bike is very light and punchy to ride, and makes a healthy racket from the completely unsilenced exhaust. Visitors to the workshop loved the polished aluminium and chrome too.

 

LED headlight. It's the future

LED headlight. It’s the future

Mini Deutsch pins to plug in the Motoscope speedo

Mini Deutsch pins to plug in the Motoscope speedo

Motone push-button switchgear: better than Motogadget's in our view

Motone push-button switchgear: better than Motogadget’s in our view

The Motoscope Tiny – neat and simple

The Motoscope Tiny – neat and simple