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Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki back the clock to the swingin’ with its retro roadster a blend of yesteryear styling and engineering


period styling

Supremely to ride

Grunty, flexible


No kick start

one paint option

While today associate the vertical-twin days of motorcycling with marques, from the early to Kawasaki was also making an with a range of such most notably the W1 of 1965.

days, however, retro that hark back to Age’ of the British motorcycle are big business – for proof look no than Triumph’s modern and its associated spin-offs – and so it’s no that Kawasaki has produced a modern ‘time warp’ the W800.

It’s not the first Team Green has done this path. It released the back in 1999, and although it recorded volume sales, it widespread acclaim and developed a following all its own. In fact, clubs dedicated solely to the sprang up around the world, and the continued to be brought to Australia as an ‘grey’ import long official importation ceased in

Those grey W800s are coming to Australia today, and it serves as the basis for a couple of retro models for Sydney-based bike builder, Deus Ex (www.deus.com.au).

In 2011, the W800 is up where the W650 left with faithful period and a more potent 773cc powerplant.


The is all about yesteryear styling with modern engineering. also a ‘bare bones’ with little if any bells and to detract from the pleasure of the itself.

The format sees a air-cooled, SOHC, eight-valve slipped into a tubular cradle frame, with a 39mm fork (non-adjustable) up and twin shocks (adjustable for down the back. Kawasaki quote power or torque for the bike, but we can tell you it features a firing interval (just Triumph’s Bonneville), and it has bevel cams.

Also like the the W800 has electronic fuel with the associated wiring and neatly hidden in among a of fake carburettors. The engine is one unit, with a compression of just 8.4:1, and the grunt is fed via a gearbox to a chain final

An electric start stirs the into life – there’s no as there was on the W650.

The W800’s braking package a single 300mm disc Tokico twin-piston caliper up the and a 160mm drum at the rear.

geometry is relatively relaxed, a 1465mm wheelbase and a rake of 27 All up, with its 14lt tank fuelled and ready to go, Kawasaki the W800 weighs in at 216kg.

The comes with a centrestand as as a sidestand, and its instrumentation comprises a style speedo and tacho – the has an inset LCD display showing trip meters or the time, the tacho face features an of the usual warning lights.

The is only available in the one colour – Dark Metallic Green – and it for $11,999 (plus ORC). It with a 24-month, unlimited-kilometre


I have only memories of Kawasaki’s W650 – bar the run-in with Victoria’s Patrol back in 2000, saw both my bank account and my take a decent hit – and so I was looking to Kawasaki’s second stab at the new theme.

Retro machines this are all about ‘the and to that end – and even before thrown a leg over the thing – plain to see Kawasaki has kicked a The W800 drew comment I went over the week it was in my from both guys who biking ‘back in the day’ and those who simply love the and look of bikes of the era.

The Kwaka’s finish really is reproach – high-quality paint there’s only one choice, lots of chrome and lots of The metal guards front and are backed up by a metal chain – as far as I could tell, the only plastic was limited to the indicator the speedo/tacho trim and the taillight

The ‘antique’ rubber looks and the fake carbies also the business, even if the latter quite as deceptive as those on the W800’s prime competitor, the Bonneville. Yep, from its seat to its fork gaiters, its headlight to its period exhaust it’s only when you get up close to the W800 that you it’s actually a new model.

The only grows broader you’ve hopped aboard. certainly not a big bike, with a low 790mm seat height and a (wet) weight, but while guys might appreciate a more legroom on long the flipside is it’s an incredibly package, and supremely easy to

Kawasaki W800

Stab the starter and the bike perhaps its biggest concession to – a super-sanitised exhaust note. still a bit of that vertical-twin but on the whole it’s whisper-quiet – a set of pipes will top most new wish lists.

Its road are exemplary – this bike is a in every respect. The engine is but grunty and flexible. There’s oomph from just off and although that theme right through to its 7000rpm redline, this bike is all the midrange – stick it in the sweet and forget about it.

Despite a willing revver in most of its gears, the engine is also relaxed – at 100km/h in top it pulls 3500rpm. With its upright position (and rear ockie strap hooks) you easily tour on this and although it’s far from a machine, it’ll still the old ton, with a bit in reserve.

It fuel at a miserly rate, While in my care the W800 an average economy of 21.3km/lt, and the tank is smaller, at just you’re still looking at a working range of around I can’t fault the fuel either, which is crisp and

The chassis also holds up its end of the While basic in spec – a steel cradle frame twin rear shocks and a front fork – it does a job, and it’s a pleasure to this thing along a road. Ground clearance is and the limitations of the suspension only themselves when you’re on well outside the bike’s brief.

The front brake is – personally I’d like to play with different pad compounds to get a extra bite and feel – when mated to the strong drum, there’s little to about. The gearbox is slick, the light, and the bike’s flat give the rider excellent while still remaining enough to make light of slipping through traffic

Pillions get a decent deal with a broad, compliant and low and twin grab handles.

not to like? Err, beats me! I have liked a kick-starter to the electric leg – like on the old W650 – and colour option. Another of litres in the tank wouldn’t go either, because the bike’s comfort could easily it.

And one very minor quibble the centrestand – if you’ve got big feet, a little tricky to get your on top of the tang because it sits up against the exhaust pipe.

This is back-to-basics biking at is best. It looks the goods, it and handles nicely, and the build is right up there. Priced at $9 more than Triumph’s model Bonneville – and only a more than the W650 it debuted 12 years ago – the W800 to win itself a legion of rose-tinted-spectacled


Type: 773cc, air-cooled, SOHC, four-…, vertical

Bore x …: 77mm x

Compression ratio: 8.4:1

system: Electronic fuel

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