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GW250S conversion

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As you all know my bike is originally the naked version, why Suzuki chose to not sell all the models at once and only release the half faired and full faired versions in intervals is beyond me. The first time I heard about the half faired model, I haven't bought the GW250 yet and thought to myself, well now this seals the deal, I HAVE to get that GW250S. The half faired look in my opinion is reminiscent of the GW250's bigger Bandit 1250S brother, which to my eyes is how a utilitarian commuter/sport-tourer should look like.

As luck would have it, regulations caused my local Suzuki to decide not to sell the half faired version to the public and only provide fleet units for the police. Yeah right, gruberment bizness as usual. So I decided to get the naked bike anyway and to look for aftermarket solutions for the fairing. A local workshop then agreed to manufacture the half fairing for me and a few others. As it turns out, I'm not the only one who likes stationary headlamps!

It took some time and the money involved was not trivial, but I'm very satisfied with the results. It fixes a visual problem the GW250 has; the rear of the naked bike is too wide in proportion to its front compared to almost any modern bike, but the presence of the fairing makes the front wider and thus the bike looks more balanced now.

As a bonus, the presence of the fairing means you have to ditch the stock clip-ons since they touch the fairing at full steering lock; the solution is to install a fork adapter and raiser to allow installation of a handlebar, which also makes the riding position even more comfortable. I use the exact same shape of handlebar that the factory GW250S uses, with the caveat that you have to replace the brake hose with a longer one. The other stock cables can still be used, you just have to move them around. Anything 90 cm long and above will be even better though.

Here are some pics.
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Looks really good.
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Great work. Thanks for the pictures you put up. It looks good. Probably blocks some of the wind too.
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Nice conversion!
Are you planning to do anything else to your GW in the future or is the last of it?
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Gator83, can you share more details about the fork adapter and raiser you used? Thanks.
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Gator83, can you share more details about the fork adapter and raiser you used? Thanks.
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Hi mates, sorry for the late response. Here are some quick & dirty photos I just took after I got back from a beer session.

As you can probably tell, the GW250 originally has raised clip-ons with individual raisers. Remove these and you will see the top of the forks jutting out above the triple clamp.

The setup I use is composed of 4 parts: 2 adapters and 2 raisers. The adapters go into the now visible fork tops. The handlebar is an OEM Suzuki part which is the exact same unit that the GW250S/F uses, but you can use any handlebar which has a 22mm diameter. The old triple clamp stays in place, you don't have to do anything to it. Plug n' Play.

I happen to have some other designs for these adapters/raisers which I'll probably try crafting next.
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Nice conversion!
Are you planning to do anything else to your GW in the future or is the last of it?
Some plans for the GW250 in the future:
- Givi SB2000 brackets or a locally made equivalent.
- Textile side bags, preferably something which looks like this: http://7gear-road.com/ID/produk/moulded-sidebag-ms512/
I dislike metal panniers because of their weight and shape. They belong on badass rough-and-tumble bikes like the Yamaha XT1200Z (one of my dream bikes), not on a city slicker like the GW250.
- Auxiliary lights. A fairing automatically means a stationary headlamp and I feel it is not good enough for Indonesian roads which can be very dark at night. They will most likely be installed somewhere near the fork brace.
- Dirtbike handlebars, most likely candidates are the Suzuki TS or Yamaha YT bars. Not as tall as the OEM GW250S handlebar but wider.
- Porting and polishing of the intake. The GW250 is heavy enough as it is but with all the extra crap it's going to carry if I do all of the above then the engine power needs to be upped a bit to keep it "enjoyable".

I intend to keep this bike for a long time because it is more economical than the other 250s and very comfortable, making it an able tourer at least by Indonesian standards.
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Where did you get the OEM Suzuki part? Part number? Thx.
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Some plans for the GW250 in the future:
- Givi SB2000 brackets or a locally made equivalent.
- Textile side bags, preferably something which looks like this: Moulded Sidebag MS512 | 7Gear Made for Indonesia motorbike adventure
I dislike metal panniers because of their weight and shape. They belong on badass rough-and-tumble bikes like the Yamaha XT1200Z (one of my dream bikes), not on a city slicker like the GW250.
- Auxiliary lights. A fairing automatically means a stationary headlamp and I feel it is not good enough for Indonesian roads which can be very dark at night. They will most likely be installed somewhere near the fork brace.
- Dirtbike handlebars, most likely candidates are the Suzuki TS or Yamaha YT bars. Not as tall as the OEM GW250S handlebar but wider.
- Porting and polishing of the intake. The GW250 is heavy enough as it is but with all the extra crap it's going to carry if I do all of the above then the engine power needs to be upped a bit to keep it "enjoyable".

I intend to keep this bike for a long time because it is more economical than the other 250s and very comfortable, making it an able tourer at least by Indonesian standards.
Great list of mods/accessories especially the safety related one... lighting. Being the most vulnerable on the road... being seen and making it obvious is a must.
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