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.