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Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki W800 review

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Kawasaki`s W800 is the kind of you`d want to have in garage just because of the way it

It really is a beautiful machine, styling inspired by British of the 1960s. But there`s authenticity in Kawasaki take on the theme, as the factory made its own twin for years from 1965, the W1. It was based on a BSA design but with changes made to improve and oiltightness.

It was not, as some a direct copy of BSA’s A10 or A65 650s) but a development of a copy of the BSA A7. There were several changes from the original bike, including the use of a built-up with roller bearings of the A7’s single piece and plain bearings), a capacity to 624cc and inevitably a higher quality.

In 1999 Kawasaki revived of the W1 with the W650 retro, a fine looking bike by a weak engine and poor suspension, although it still something of a cult machine as the for many specials. The model in 2008 as it couldn`t meet the new regulations, but now Kawasaki has brought it as an 800, cleaner burning and powerful too.

The extra — up to 773cc thanks to a 5mm increase to 77mm — is by the fitment of fuel injection of the old carburettors and the cylinder head is internally to match the additional gas The basic architecture is unchanged so the still boasts a balance as well as the distinctive shaft to the overhead camshaft, visible on the side of the motor, and one of the features makes the motor so appealing

The air-cooled engine is something of a of art in fact, and it`s topped off a superbly styled and lustrously fuel tank. All around the is detailing in chrome or polished and aluminium, while the `peashooter` and large diameter wheels their alloy rims and spokes are pure 1960s.

a stunning machine which surprisingly has been attracting people at least as much as the you might expect to be seduced by the style. Kawasaki says for many people across the age the W800 appeals for looking a motorcycle should: never high performance or aerodynamic it`s just a proper

Fortunately the appeal is still when you`re riding it, and more so than the W650. not especially fast, a little on the performance of Triumph`s rival in fact, but that doesn`t a great deal, no one is going to be bikes in this class. important is that the W800 good.

The engine has a friendly, sound and it pulls willingly Much of the torque lives at low — the maximum is right at 2,500rpm — which at low and medium road speeds the pulls well even in the gears.

The acceleration won`t threaten neck muscles, but for cruising and going places at a relaxed it`s a satisfying ride. quick enough to keep with faster motorway too, although sustained speeds bring the fuel down to around 45mpg 6.28l/100km, 37.5mpg US).

In this isn`t bad but the fuel holds only 3.1 gallons (14 3.7 gallons US) and the low fuel warning on at just under 100 miles so long distances will frequent fuel stops. Use the more gently and the economy substantially to 55mpg (19.5km/l, 45.8mpg US), which the range a lot, and it shouldn`t be too to nudge 60mpg.

The handling is in the same mould as the gentle and easy rather too sporty or sharp. It`s a softer than the Bonneville, but for swinging gently through the and there are no quirks or nasties the weak-performing forks of the old W650. you get stable handling with a ride quality.

The price is too, at £6,649 the W800 is in there with the Bonneville, yet the quality and style are both a above. A bigger tank be welcome, but that aside is a thoroughly convincing and very motorcycle.


Model tested: W800

Price: £6,649


Engine: parallel twin, air sohc 8v, 773cc

Power: (71PS, 52kW @ n/a rpm

Torque: (6.1kgm, 60Nm) @ 2,500rpm

55mpg (19.5km/l, 5.14l/100km, US)

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