Kawasaki W 650 by Hombrese Bikes

1down4up.net recently featured a sweet little Suzuki GN 400 built by German workshop Hombrese Bikes (read the full article HERE). That Suzuki is a prime example for a light and nimble bike built with the sole purpose of bringing pleasure to its rider. Now, Uwe Kostrewa, owner of Hombrese Bikes, laid hands on a W 650 and managed to add some spice to the popular but somewhat too decorous bevel-driven Kawasaki.


After receiving the 1999 W in quite a good shape, Uwe started by tearing down the whole bike. The 50hp engine needed no overhaul so some fresh paint did the job.

The frame, on the other hand, needed to be revisited so Uwe shortened the rear and build a complete new rear-frame with an integrated, tiny LED-lamp. Along with a shortened fork and YSS-shocks in the back, this new frame layout makes for a sportier stance. The reworked frame as well as most of the components was either painted or powder-coated. Uwe opted for an atypical turquoise, white and red combination which makes the bike stand out from the crowd. The new livery clearly points out that this W is no longer meant solely for relaxed cruising.


A hand-made GFK-fiberglass seat and tail-unit indicates the direction this built is heading; it’s meant to be a Street Tracker. To underline this, Uwe manufactures a number plate that houses two Highsider lights and the corresponding underpinnings.

New stainless steel spokes are threaded to the hubs, K&N air filters are fitted and a nice, 2-in-1 exhaust header leading to a Moto-GP-style muffler is manufactured. LSL bars as well as a Motogadget speedo and indicators complete the picture.


Hombrese Bikes’ W650 illustrates that Uwe is an expert in his art so some of you might be pleased to hear that Uwe accepts commissions by people bringing along some time. A glimpse at the handmade headers might give some of us ideas, doesn’t it?

Get more info and contact details HERE, on Hombrese Bikes own website.

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