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 Kawasaki 650-W1
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Kawasaki's first 4-stroke sports model was developed for export and based on the K1 model produced at the old Meguro factory.
The 650-W1, which had the largest displacement of any Japanese motorcycle at that time, was intended as Japan's strategic entry into competition with the world's top-class machines from British makers.
It featured a crankcase separate from the transmission, and came with right-hand shifting and left-hand braking that followed the style of British motorcycles.
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Storage location:KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES CONSUMER PRODUCTS SALES DIVISION (1-1, Kawasaki-cho, Akashi-shi, Hyogo-ken 673-8666)
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Year manufactured:1966
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Manufacturer:Kawasaki Aircraft Co., Ltd.
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:On display (static): not open to the public
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Kawasaki
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Model:W1 (650-W1)
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Company name:Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
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Vehicle type/usage:Motorcycle
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1966
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Model / Weight
Style:Motorcycle
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Passenger capacity:2
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Weight:181 kgf (dry)
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Body / Size
Overall length:2125 mm
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Overall width:880 mm
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Overall height:1060 mm
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Headlamp type:Semi-sealed beam
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Tire size (front):3.25-18
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Tire size (rear):3.50-18
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Steel pipe double cradle
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Suspension type (front):Telescopic
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Suspension type (rear):Swing arm
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Wheelbase:1415 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:None
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Steering:Bar handle
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Brakes (front):Mechanical double 2 leading
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Brakes (rear):Mechanical leading trailing
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Damper (front):Provided
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Damper (rear):Provided
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Driving stability devices:None
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Engine/ Size / Power
Type:Air-cooled 4-stroke gasoline
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Cylinder arrangement:Inline 2-cylinder lateral
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Valve train:OHV
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Carburetor:Provided
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Bore x stroke:74.0×72.6
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Displacement:0.624 L
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Ignition system:Battery ignition
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Max. power/r.p.m.:47ps/6500 rpm
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Exhaust emissions treatment:Noise reduction muffler
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Supercharger:None
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Lubrication method:Dry sump
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Start method:Kick
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Fuel tank capacity:15 L
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Drive-train
Transmission:4-speed return
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Power transmission method:Chain
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Clutch type:Wet multiple disc coil spring
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Performance
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