The Kawasaki W650 is one of those bikes that respond well to a light makeover. You know the drill: a new tank and seat, and maybe a bikini fairing and clip-ons. All easy to install, and without breaking the bank.
That’s not enough to satisfy Tom Thöring of Schlachtwerk, though. He’s a self-confessed performance junkie, and he’s pulled out all the stops for his latest Kawasaki build.
The clue is in the name: W854. Yes, the parallel twin has been bored out to 854cc, and then boosted even more with a race cam and K&N filters. With the help of Schlachtwerk’s own 2-into-1 exhaust system, this Kawasaki now records 70 horsepower at the rear wheel on the dyno.
‘Schlachtwerk’ is German for slaughterhouse: An odd name for a custom shop, but maybe that’s the German sense of humor.…