CULT OFTHEKWAK Kevin Lemire

Real Classic - - Letters -

I have an eclec­tic mix of bikes which in­clude BSA, Tri­umph, Nor­ton, Royal En­field, Har­ley, In­dian (Po­laris), Moto Guzzi, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha. I own six Kawasaki W2SS and TTs and one NorSaki. Each bike has a story, in­clud­ing my high school bike, a 1969 W2SS that I bought in 1970 and still ride. We have been to­gether 50 years! Many peo­ple have no idea this bike ex­ists and I al­ways have in­ter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tions when I take them to shows

Thanks for the pho­tos, Kevin. We’re lim­ited for space in print but we’ll pop them on Real-Clas­sic.co.uk where peo­ple can ad­mire them full-size! R&F

Of all the retro bikes fea­tured in RC from the likes of Tri­umph, Royal En­field, Benelli, etc, I can’t recall one about the Kawasaki W650. They are a 360-de­gree air-cooled twin, 650cc, with spoked wheels, fork gaiters, rub­ber knee pads and rod­op­er­ated rear drum brakes – so they do seem to meet the cri­te­ria for a retro bike. I know that they are in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with the Hinck­ley Tri­umphs, but the Kawasakis are lighter, not quite so smooth and prob­a­bly closer to a 1968 Bon­neville than the Hinck­ley ex­am­ple.

Keep up the wood work and I’ll see you out there when I’m on my W650. Roger Lev­er­such, mem­ber 4821

You’re cor­rect, Roger: we’ve had a W650 story in the pipe­line for ab­so­lutely ages. The bike we have in mind lives in Bude and was due to be pho­tographed this spring – but then the lock­down hap­pened and the photo ses­sions didn’t! Once it stops rain­ing, the ar­ti­cle will def­i­nitely be back on the agenda… R&F

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