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I think it is safe to say ....... if you like your Triumph only because it is a Triumph, you wouldn't like the W650. If you like your Triumph because of how it sounds, feels, looks, handles, etc, you would be happy to have a W650 share garage space with your Bonnie. Even the tool kit made you smile .... chrome plated wrenches in a tool roll that stored under the saddle. Very British of the Japanese, old chap!
What is it that differs between the Kawasaki W650 engine and the Triumph 865 engine such that the 865 requires an obtrusive oil cooling radiator and hoses tapped into the heads?
The W650 engine is much cleaner/classic.
There actually is a W650 sharing garage space with my Bonnie right now! I've had the W650 for nearly a year, only bought the Bonnie a couple of weeks ago to fill the space left after the unfortunate demise of my 600 Bandit...
I do find that the 650 tends to run very hot, sometimes giving problems with hot starting due to fuel evaporation - from what I hear this is a fairly common problem with them. Whether that's down to not having an oil cooler I don't know, but it doesn't happen with the Bonnie...
I wonder if the W650 has interior oil lines
Also, I wonder if the oil cooler was mostly put on the 865 for those folks driving in traffic in Tucson in high summer? (as opposed to guys like me whose highest summer temps hardly ever go beyond 75 degrees)
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