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The Perfect British Desert Sled … is a Kawasaki W650

The Perfect British Desert Sled … is a Kawasaki W650

This Kawasaki W650 is the Perfect British Desert Sled
If you want to build a pukka desert sled but don’t have a Meriden-era Triumph lying around, the Kawasaki W650 is the next best thing. Sure, you could pick one of Triumph’s modern classics—but with a more compact frame and a smaller 649cc mill, the W650 is a good-value option on the secondhand market.

Ask any owner, and they’ll recount the many times their W650 has been mistaken for a vintage British machine (despite the fact that Triumph never used a bevel drive on their twins in the 60s). Karles Vives and his crew at Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles know this well—which is exactly why they based their latest project on a 1999 Kawasaki W650.

This Kawasaki W650 is the Perfect British Desert Sled
“This is the Fuel Catalina GP,” says Karles.…

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