Kawasaki W650 Racer by FCR

Headed up by workshop founders Mathieu and Sebastien the 6 man strong FCR crew customise modern and classic motorcycles. You’ll also find them performing nut and bolt restorations on vintage bikes and everything in between. With a skill set that includes structural welding, composite manufacturing, metalworking and custom paintwork most projects are completed entirely in-house. This W650 Cafe Racer was no exception.

The W Racer started as an idea the FCR crew had been kicking around the workshop for a while. The goal was to create a bike with an air of historic racing. One that appeared race ready and was far removed from the W’s standard cruiser guise. The donor was a stock 650cc parallel twin Kawasaki W650, which was promptly torn into pieces.

To tighten the bikes dimensions the tail was chopped short and a new loop welded in its place. A coat of fresh silver paint was laid to finish it off. A low profile, elongated tank and short rear cowl were handmade from aluminium sheet and left raw for a vintage racer look. Next up the stock wheels were torn down, painted gloss black and re-laced using stainless spokes. To complement the classic racer look they were wrapped in fresh Avon Roadrider rubber.

To stiffen up the Kawasaki’s notoriously sloppy rear suspension a set of exposed spring, Hagon shocks were then fit to the bike. Up front, there are clip-on bars, an FCR original top clamp and custom mounting gear for the fairing. The fairing itself was also made especially for the W. Constructed from fibreglass it’s been shot in a bold pearlescent yellow to match the cut down side covers.

To finalise the riding position rear set foot pegs were added and a low profile suede saddle that sits atop the alloy pan. Basic tuning improvements on the W Racer come from adding a pair of K&N pod filters, rejetting the carbs and fabricating a pair of custom made exhaust headers and mufflers.

 FCR ORIGINAL

Photos by Hangplay Graphics

Anyone that’s been following this site since it’s launch knows it all started with the purchase of a <a href=”https://www.returnofthecaferacers.com/category/kawasaki-cafe-racer/”>Kawasaki</a> W650. Since I bought my W it’s been a love affair that constantly gets better with each new day of riding. As a base for customisation, the W gives you classic looks, bulletproof reliability and solid performance. I’ve seen them turned into everything from Scramblers to hardtailed Bobbers, but it’s as a Cafe Racer that the W really looks its best. Today to perfectly demonstrate my point is this build from French workshop FCR Original, which they have quite simply called ‘The W Racer’.