1968 Kawasaki W2SS
There must be something going on in the universe that keeps bringing me these Kawasaki twins. I’ve always liked the KZ750 twin and have developed a great fondness for the W2 models. I’m not going to go into the history of these Kawasaki models because I’ve done that at least twice before. It is a good story, just go back a few postings and you’ll find the story of the Kawasaki 650’s. Contrary to popular belief, they are not just clones of BSA twins of the era. Yes, there are similarities and yes, Kawasaki did have a licensing agreement with the folks at the Birmingham Small Arms company for some designs, but Kawasaki did do some things their own way, especially in the second generation W series motorbikes.
Today I found a very nice W2SS that has a good amount of work done on it and is so far selling for a very reasonable price. The owner found this in a shed 6 years ago and has spent this time bringing it back to life. The motor was torn down and gone through, new bearings, pistons,rings,valve job; the carbs were done, trans and clutch were refurbished, and the front end got new seals. The frame was sandblasted and painted and the tank was also repainted. The seller says the tank paint was purposely distressed to look old? All in all this is a nice example of an interesting motorcycle.
There are a couple of things I would do however. First, upgrade the suspension front and rear, go through the brakes and make sure they are up to spec and put a set of GP Touring bars on. After that, take it for a good long ride. The only question I have is, why is the bike sitting on a lift instead of the side stand?
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