As much as possible, plastic was eschewed in favour of metal. KAWASAKI W800 SPECIFICATION - Displacement: 773: Engine Type-Maximum Output (ps) 52PS/6,500rpm: Maximum Torque (kgf/m) 6.3kgfm/4,800rpm: Vehicle Weight (Dry Weight)-Fuel Tank Capacity liter: 15: See spec data of KAWASAKI W800. However, the discontinued now ‘old’ W800 was in desperate need of an upgrade, and no longer conformed to tighter Euro-4 legislation. off. when stopped. * Lightweight spoked wheels with aluminium rims contribute a look that never finish. * Chassis concept follows the overall design criteria for On looks alone Kawasaki need to be applauded. * A 22.2 mm bar is used (rather than an inch-bar), facilitating customisation Taken straight from the past, the W800 CAFE motorcycle is fitted with a sleek café-racer front cowl (not shown). * Long, slim intake funnels deliver enhanced low-mid range performance. Kawasaki have quickened the steering over the predecessor, with a smaller front wheel, but you could never describe the W800 as sharp. carefully cultivated to recall the bikes of yesteryear. air-cooled Vertical Twin. sprocket cover with holes helps reduce mechanical noise and while adding to the BEAUTY The front cowl is a throwback to the café racer culture, but is more for show than any real wind protection. them a lightweight appearance. beauty care of components meticulously crafted down to the smallest detail, as * Elliptical mirrors have a nice chrome finish.

Engine pleasure derived from riding a classic motorcycle. Get vehicles, parts, accessories and apparel shipped straight to your door. Receive the latest news, special offers and exclusives. * Compact 12-hole injectors save both weight and space. grip.

The air-cooled engine is a thing of beauty. the characteristic handling of that comes from a sturdy frame with

* Voluptuous fuel tank finished in high-quality paint contributes to the W800's * Heavy flywheel contributes to the strong low-mid range torque feel. * While the frame uses a square-section backbone, round pipe downtubes wide range of riding applications. Moto Guzzi’s A2 air-cooled V7 is the obvious competition. Instrumentation Urethane at the front of the seat was shaped to facilitate the It's max torque is at 2500rpm, but it actually doesn't rev as hell.

* The rich engine character and strong low-end response enhance the unhurried

Especially W800 doesn't rev at all compared to W650. enables the design of the elegant fuel tank to remain the same. The Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone in comparison was $14,390 Ride-Away in 2019. * Long-stroke 360° crankshaft gives the W800 its signature pulse. joy to behold. Handling

When you ask a little too much of the new ABS assisted brakes, the front forks travel a little more than I’d like, but they don’t dive to the ground like a scared toddler after a car backfires. © 2020 Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. efficiency, a balancer shaft to dampen vibration and hassle-free push-button enhances the classic look.

The spokes and The left-side lock is external (aft The W800, in both From 2019 Kawasaki have delivered an all-new W800 and there are two variants to choose from, the laid back Street and the racier Café. The seat couldn’t be anymore retro, with the Kawasaki logo printed on the rear.

Despite being higher it’s still easy to get two feet securely onto the road, as it’s much narrower than the Streets wider and more comfortable seat.

the rider and passenger's legs to ensure it does not cut into the rider's thighs handling character that comes with large-diameter wheels recalls the ride feel Modern concessions include fuel injection for clean emissions and enhanced fuel However, the new W800 Street and Café, re-sets that balance. Abundant torque is complemented by the clean operation of modern fuel injection. I love the simplicity of the switchgear, the ornate clocks are simple with large faces, analogue rev-counter on the right and speedometer on the left.

A multi-function LCD screen incorporates an odometer, of machines from an older generation, gone but not forgotten.

* Tuned for strong low-mid range torque, the max torque arrives at 2,000 rpm. * Thin 520-type drive chain and sprockets help reduce weight. The non-adjustable fork has also increased in diameter, up from 39 mm to 41 mm. Thankfully Kawasaki haven’t wondered too far from the path of the successful W800, and older W650.

nipples are treated with a Cosmer NC finish that allows dirt to be simply wiped

Twin mufflers with carefully tuned internals deliver the characteristic note of the vertical twin’s 360° crankshaft engine configuration—a throwback to the original Kawasaki W1 motorcycle. Chad launched his own company, Chad76Media in 2019, and you can follow his adventures on Twitter and Instagram. Kawasaki have tweaked the handing characteristics to improve the responsiveness of the steering, to give the W800 a sportier edge. When I tried W800, I was astonished how sh*t bike it is. responsive power.

* High-quality paint and chrome, together with corrosion-resistant fasteners, Engine * Lightweight 28 double-cradle frame uses a sturdy, 50 mm square-section backbone to give the W800 a very stable ride quality and compact overall design. In Japan on the exclusive product launch, Kawasaki cleverly had an original 1965 W1 on display, which clearly highlighted the similarities between the original and new bike. With over 20-years of professionally testing bikes under my belt, I’ve lost count of the amount of Japanese retro, or cruiser bikes which ride perfectly and look great, but lack character and soul. Compact switchgear gives the handlebar an uncluttered and vintage appearance while modern internals ensure reliable performance. * Telescopic front fork features stiff, 39 mm tubes and easily soaks up bumps on