Kawasaki W800 Review New Motorcycles New Zealand

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Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki W800 Review

fueling and torque


Noise- and emission-compliant exhausts

bike to ride with riding position and weight low

High quality finish and looks

I wasn’t even a in my dad’s pants when the first such twins rolling the road in the early to mid but I can appreciate clean and classic and a job well done. Despite its sales here, the W650 was a on all counts — and the W800 is better.

I reckon it’s gorgeous. From its piped to its rear drum brake, its switchgear to its steel guards, its pads to its bullet headlight and rubber — it could pass for a ’60s ride. carburettors complete the effect

Its dimensions are modest; the broad is compliant and the ride position but with a 790mm seat anyone approaching 6ft or over find it’s on the smaller

Throw a leg over and you’ll be struck by some unobtrusive to modernity — inset LCD on the analogue speedo and tacho, fuel injection, electric and 21st century noise- and exhausts. The latter are whisper — they’re not totally of character, but some fruitier will be high on owners’ lists.

It didn’t take to appreciate just how easy bike is to ride. Its 216kg weight is carried quite and when you couple the natural position with the flat spot-on fuelling and torquey the W800 is a picture of composure.

Its vertical twin is a big part of the It is super relaxed — try a low compression ratio — but it out generous ladles of torque, from just off tickover. It revs out to its 7000rpm redline in of its five gears, but there’s no to cane the thing — in the midrange and all is right with the At 100km/h in fifth it’s a lazy 3500rpm, but open the and there’s still a pleasing of overtaking urge.

And, so you lose face with Rocker mates, it will the old ton with a bit in reserve.

Job well done

I spent the part of a week blatting on the W800, and I’m still my head trying to think of any The single-disc front brake is a soft, but the rear drum than makes up for it. The 14L tank exactly huge, but when getting a frugal 21.3km/L, not such an issue — still looking at a working of around 270km, which is for this style of bike.

The is slick, the clutch light, the crisp and the overall finish reproach.

The W800 is back-to-basics at its very best. This is a capable all-rounder with styling to appease the fussiest of Bonneville, look out — a new oldie in town, and — as it proved to be back in the day — a very real threat.

Bonnie comparisons

You can’t of Kawasaki’s W800 without its prime competitor, Triumph’s model Bonneville. Both oodles of retro appeal and are by the same engine format. there’s a big difference, the Kwaka for a hefty $16,995 compared to the Trumpet at $12,990.

The Kawasaki is at a claimed 217kg (wet) to the Triumph’s 225kg (wet), the Triumph has the longer wheelbase 1490mm to the Kwaka’s 1465mm. is 27 degrees on both machines.

The has a larger fuel tank, 16L compared to the W800’s 14L item, the W800 has a 160mm drum brake — the Bonneville a 255mm disc.

Both are powered by fuel-injected, engines with 360-degree intervals, although the Triumph’s is the of the pair, at 865cc versus The Triumph also runs a compression ratio — to the Kawasaki’s 8.4:1 — the Kwaka sports bevel cams, as opposed to chain on the

Triumph says the Bonneville is for maximum outputs of 49kW at 7500rpm and 69Nm (50ft-lb) at The W800’s good for max output of (47.5hp) at 6500rpm and 60Nm at a low 2500rpm.

Triumph also the Bonneville SE and Bonneville T100. with slightly different configurations, for $13,990 and $15,390


Engine Air-cooled, eight-valve, four-… parallel-twin

Capacity 773cc

Bore x 77 x 83mm

Compression ratio

Fuel system Electronic injection

Transmission Five-speed

drive Chain

Kawasaki W800
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