Kawasaki W800 — Billys Bikes

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Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki W800

In all my years of I’ve never wanted to so many people whilst a motorcycle, and they were all who ride ‘modern’ stuff. I went with the Kawasaki it was ridiculed and I found myself defending it as if it were my own child from the loins of my precious and balls.’ These so called would arrogantly laugh and as they shouted, “What is this ‘W’ thing, is it another of Chinese bikes?”

So after ten breaths I would abruptly these heathens around the of the bike and aggressively point to the Kawasaki writing across the of the seat. “What does say, you fookin uninformed idiots?” Then strut to my table and wait while the would gradually creep and humbly try to buy me a pint and become my again, which of course I I’d then have a primary quiet audience as I told what this remarkable was all about.

The problem is, if you think of a historical people immediately think of a Z1 and / or a three-cylinder two- …, But if they’d have read motorbike history books as instead of having their in their shorts while the neighbour hang out the washing, have known about first ‘big’ bike, the W1 650 twin, so there.

So here’s a history lesson if you preferred a to a book. Back in 1960 the Aircraft Company acquired the Motorcycle Company who had a license to the BSA A7 500cc parallel twin. So you can see why the W1 1966 and now the W800 look they do. And interestingly in 1966 the W1 had the engine size of any Japanese available at the time. That in 1966, had a big ‘W’ tank badge and why the ‘W’ badge is there today.

Sounds like I’m back in the pub So if you want a new BSA, which made, buy a W800. And if you’re enough to still own a W1/W2 from 1966 to 1974 it is now the valuable Kawasaki of all, up to €20,000 in mint condition!

If you have that sort of you can go out and buy this beautiful 2012 for only R107,000 and feel you’ve travelled back to the but this time it will leak oil or break down, eh? The attention to detail and finish the Kawasaki W800 one, if not the . retro bike currently in today’s market place. Is thing pretty to look at or

It may sound expensive to some to me, this cute 800 is worth cent.

Obviously the W800 is a 21st Century power with a 773cc capacity, 8-valves and fuel-injection feeding throttle bodies. Kawasaki 50hp@6,500 rpm and 60Nm@ 2,500 rpm of the stuff. But the coolest part of the is the bevel gear driven on the right side of the engine, means the cam timing will the same forever and you’ll need to fit or hear a noisy cam

Noddy said if you look this engine it will for a million miles, and I’d have to Just add petrol to the W800 and all you’ll ever have to do is oil the So if you’re after a unique steeped in history and is infinitely this is it.

Kawasaki W800

But with its wide and comfortable seat (for extra I presume), you can easily take a for a Sunday day out as well. The engine, its internal balance shaft is super smooth but with a of sixties vibration and noise to things ‘real’. The five-speed is also an effortless experience and most certainly not the stiff affair inherited from the er, I mean W1.

Thankfully Kawasaki has better brakes to the W800 the 1966 W1, by using a 300mm disc but still kept the drum brake. It won’t like a ZX-10 but the components perfectly with the soft and a brisk pace can be kept up as you through the county hills an open face helmet and Top speed is just over and it’ll cruise all day long at so that type of helmet a hindrance on this bike, it’s a necessity.

In fact the whole riding of the W800 is nothing short of It’s a small bike, though it weighs 217kgs dry there are no metals ending in on this bike, so it’s so to live with, learn on, and in love with. From the old retro analogue clocks, to the winning of chrome, to those Dunlop TT-100 tyres those?), the Kawasaki W800 is a class lesson on how to mimic machines that still a place on today’s showroom

The only other manufacturer something similar is Triumph their Bonneville T100, is a bit cheaper. But would I choose the over the Kawasaki? No I wouldn’t.

The Bonne’ is also a fantastic tool but the Kawasaki is far more and quaint and, to me, that’s it’s all about, and anyway I adore telling people that fookin ‘W’ badge

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