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Kawasaki W series

The Kawasaki W is a line of motorcycles made by since 1965 that some characteristics of classic vertical-twin standard motorcycles. as a 1966 model in the North market, the first Kawasaki W1 had the engine displacement of any model in Japan at the time. Kawasaki to build models of the W brand to the W1.

Kawasaki W series

In 1965 the K2 was to 624 cc to become the Meguro prototype, which was displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show. The then became in turn the for the Kawasaki W1.For the new Kawasaki big the traditional look of Meguro was replaced with a sleeker tank, sportier mudguards and other details intended to to export markets, especially America. The Society of Automotive of Japan (Japanese), includes the Kawasaki 650-W1 as one of their 240 of Japanese Automotive Technology .

Kawasaki’s W1 has been described as a copy of the post-war, pre-unit BSA A10 650cc vertical-twin (aka but this turns out to be more than real. The A10 engine was an square design with a (2.9 in) bore and an 84 mm …, whereas the W1 inherited its (2.86 in) … from the K2 adding displacement by increasing the of its bore to 74 mm (2.9 in).

This slightly oversquare short-…) design favours engine speeds, while stresses on the crankshaft. In addition, the new W1 had a pressed crankshaft assembly ball bearings and one-piece rods with needle significant improvements over the BSA (and Meguro) engines used plain insert bearings and two-piece connecting

Even though the BSA and Kawasaki engines were mechanically from each other, they gave very the same impression.

Likewise, in the of its twin-loop frame, as well as its styling, the W1 motorcycle was clearly by classic British road including shifting with the foot and braking with the From 1966 to 1968 W1 were built with a 31 mm Mikuni carburetor (this is feasable in a straight-twin with a crankshaft angle). Starting in the W1SS with two 28 mm Mikuni took the place of the original W1.

Also in 1968, the W2 (aka ) emerged. The W2SS was a restyled with slightly more and the W2TT was a high-pipe version twin mufflers on the left Due to flat sales in North the W2TT was discontinued in 1969, the ended in 1970, and finally in Kawasaki axed the W1SS.

The 650 remained popular in Japan, and some were exported to in the 70s, subsequent models produced primarily for the domestic The penultimate model in the W series was the with stylistic changes, but importantly with the gearshift on the left side and the rear pedal on the right side, is the standard configuration for Japanese

The final version was the 1973 W3 (aka RS650 ) with suspension as well as twin brakes in front. W series ceased in 1974.

Descendants: Kawasaki W brand

fascination with retro motorcycles began in 1989 the Honda GB500 and the Kawasaki both first produced for in Japan as 400cc models.These evoked nostalgia for classic from decades earlier. The was made using the Z series from the 1970s as a template. By the 1990s Kawasaki was designing to the Zephyr series, based on older generations of motorcycles twin-cylinder engines.

In 1999 released new retro-bikes, the V-twin and the vertical-twin W650. Unlike the W series, the 1999-2007 W650 had an engine design very from its ancestors, while on to the vintage British motorcycle The 2011-2013 W800 carries on the the W brand, and expands the range to Café racer models.

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