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Kawasaki W800: Sixties


nostalgia bites so hard you to do something about it. If you’re an biker, you might like to back to the 1960’s and make with Kawasaki’s new but retro

I’ve always loved bikes but I’ve never one because of the associated nightmare of and parts availability. So what if you have a bike with all the of a modern machine but with the and feel of a classic?

Kawasaki, it seem, has exactly what the ordered.

It’s the Kawasaki , Team Green’s replacement for the their take on the classic of the 1960’s. It looks the part head to tail, including the attention to detail associated the time when robots found at (some) intersections and not in


The W800 is not the only retro on the market – choices range the Triumph Bonneville to the more (if less refined) Royal and Urals – but it is perhaps the best of modern reliability and old-world

The first thing that me was the quality of the finish. Gleaming combines with satiny to give the bike much presence than its physical warrants. The attention to detail is not to the superficial, either – where (as in the case of the front mudguard), has opted for metal rather plastic.

So, the W800 feels solid and last just about

When you first sit on the bike, you how small it is. Not only is it lower you might expect but it is also narrow. Looking down, you is drawn by the two suitably retro-looking and beyond that by the exposed finished in body colour.

On inspection, you’ll notice a LCD in the speedo and a fuel-injection warning in the rev counter — the only that you are not sitting astride a period bike.

The chromed on the engine, the “peashooter” exhausts and the Dunlop rubber combine to the looks firmly in yesteryear. has opted for a “W” logo on the tank in of Kawa badging, which that the uninitiated might not that this is Japanese, than a British, bike.

The name (and styling) homage to Team Green’s W three models produced 1967-75 which were on the British BSA A7.


Kawasaki W800

Push the starter (Kawasaki has omitted the W650’s and the engine springs into with a muted purr. It has enough mechanical clatter to memories of bygone days but not so that it could become It looks the part, sounds the and it certainly feels the part you get rolling.

Don’t expect an eyeball-flattening of power — you won’t get it. You won’t be able to challenge the bike set in the twisties because the handling is adequate at best. said, it’s quicker you might think with than enough grunt to up with the highway traffic a little in reserve for overtaking.

acceleration is quite respectable, it possible to overtake slower without swopping cogs.

from the inline twin has tamed but not to the point of making it like a modern four. just enough shake, ’n roll to evoke the period accompanied by an engine sound unlike other current The sweet spot is at a speed 110km/h.

Although it can comfortably go a bit faster I to settle around that for relaxed open-road cruising.


The with bikes such as is that it is almost impossible for the to go wrong. Things either well, which is great, or don’t, which simply to the character. And character is something of the W800 has oodles – taking bike on a relaxed cruise, going on the back roads to the scenery I normally miss on my own mount, turned out to be one of the great of the review period.

If you’re looking for a commuter will always make turn, an open-roader for the days speed is less important sight-seeing, or a classic with of the drawbacks associated with a period bike, then the W800 is well worth attention .

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