W650 Cafe Racer – Fitting Clip-ons bars
After staring at the W650 for extended periods of time I made the decision to ditch the Clubman bars and get myself a set of clip-ons like I had originally planned (I used to be really indecisive). I'm trying to give the front of the bike a lower profile to get the…
the front end off nicely.
produce shorter cables for the W650 which I managed to get my hands on and fitting them is a pretty straight forward, but fiddly job (I will document how it’s done in a future post).
the old bars from the bike and sell them on eBay when you get the chance…there’s always someone else eager to buy your old motorcycle parts. Now you will need to remove the top triple clamp.
Start by putting your bike up on it’s center stand, if it doesn’t have one prop it up so there is no weight on the front of the bike. If you remove the triple clamp with weight on the front wheel the bike
will slide down the forks and most likely fall over.
of screws, loosen each one. The centre nut on the W650’s triple clamp is 27mm, most socket sets won’t come with a socket this big but if you visit a motor parts specialist store (I went to Super Cheap
Autos in Perth) you will be able to purchase one for a few bucks. Undo the centre nut and you should now be able to lift the triple clamp off the top of the bike (wiggle it a bit if it doesn’t come
higher position on the forks.
bars right before tightening them. Sit on the bike and move the bars in to a position that feels best for you. Check from several angles that the bars are even and symmetrical to each other and you
can fasten them in place.
marking the position of the pins located inside 2 units (make sure the controls are in the right place for your thumbs to reach) when they are sitting in place. Once you have the holes marked use a
nail and hammer to make a small indentation in the bars, this will work as a guide for your drill and make things easier. Once all the controls are back on the bike you will know straight away
whether you will be requiring new cables or not, chances are you will.
Your original triple clamp will still have the handlebar clamps on it so you may want to source a smooth one (I will be fitting one to my bike when it arrives next month). I have seen some people
put a short bar the width of the brackets in place to fill the gap which looks better than having them empty.
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