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Kawasaki W800

There was a time when bikes were king. sure, there were the which were mostly and expensive, and big heavy iron the U.S. etc, but for the average the bike to buy was a Brit. A good ol’ or Beesa, they were the to have! They went handled well, and had the image of a motorcyclist’s motorcycle. Marlon rode a Triumph in “The One”; Steve McQueen one over a fence in “The Escape”.

But there was a downside to motorcycling; reliability was a bit like an summer – you could guarantee to get it for a few each year, but for the rest of the well it probably wouldn’t And no matter how they tried, the just didn’t seem to make an engine that leak oil.

On the other of the world though, the Japanese had reliability thing down to a art; and they could put an together without leaving for the oil to get out. They were great copiers – their operandi often being to a design from another copy it, and make it work than the original. Sometimes countries, particularly Britain, them to do this, sometimes didn’t.

In either case, having a that looked and went a Brit, but didn’t break and didn’t leak oil, was a attractive proposition.

And so it was that, the 1960s, Kawasaki began bikes that were of popular Brits. The first were BSA copies (which BSA had them to do), then it was Triumph. And today they’re doing it; albeit with a of breaks between models the way.

In Australia, the first one we saw was the which was produced in 1999. It was an copy of the Triumph Bonnie. I Triumphs, and I like reliability, so bike appealed to me; although I got to ride one. It was reasonably received, but not as well as it could been, or perhaps even have been.

Now, a few years hiatus, it’s this time in 800cc but still bearing that resemblance to the good ol’ Trumpy.

You’d probably expect an old like me to get a bit misty-eyed over like this, and I do – especially as it a Triumph. As I mentioned, I like old Triumphs. I’ve never one (if I had it may have cured this I have for them!), but I just the look and style of them.

And after regularly asking within a decent radius of my I finally got the opportunity to take latest Trumpy-copy from for a test.

Details like the knee-pads on the tank, the classic exhaust, the ribbed seat, rear suspension, rear brake, and even the block-pattern all bring the look of the classic bike to life in this Masterpiece. You could say that, in of nostalgia, they have triumphed! (Oh dear!).

With its green paint and shiny I reckon the bike looks !

Using actual chrome than the usual plastic stuff) is a welcome feature on a bike like this

Its own heritage (which stretches to the time of the original Bonnie) is by having only a “W” badge on the to identify it from the side-view. got to walk around behind the and look at the back of the seat to see it as a Kawasaki.

It’s a quality too, and very well put No oil-leaks on this baby! As one I read put it, “If British twins had made like this, the would never have

Getting on the bike you are welcomed by a plush seat. Ah, yes, used to have seats this once! These most manufacturers seem to that riders like on a plank rather than a

The W800 is a throwback to the days manufacturers fitted cushy for their riders to sit on.

The ergonomics are for this type of bike. You sit up and And that’s the nature of the whole – it’s very relaxing to sit on and relaxing to ride.

Kawasaki W800

Power is okay, but it definitely a fast bike. It’s at higher revs, but I reckon goes against the old-school nature of the bike. Twins lack power low down, and the does struggle a bit at low revs – to my thinking, in contrast to the torquey of the old school Brits. However the is smooth, and the engine easily up to its 7,000rpm red-line; in fact it like it’d be happy to go past it.

In the looks department, all classic Brit!

The gear-change I was a bit clunky

At around 27kph per the bike feels too highly given the nature of the engine. does, however, produce a cruising ability. It sits on 120kph, with even the not seeming to be too bad.

The test-route I took me through some of the of the Illawarra escarpment. It included a mix of highway, some narrow back-roads, some open roads, and back to highway Road surfaces varied smooth highway (with the bumpy bits) to choppy on the back-roads.

So a pretty good test of how the performs in the real world.

The is fairly basic, and the limitations of its start to show on these Handling is okay, although it to wallow a bit in tighter corners – where the road undulates, or a bit uneven. And, while it quite stable, I thought was an almost twitchy feel to it at

One particular road I took it was a little-used narrow back-road runs from the highway to a major back-road. There are on this road, tight ones. On this occasion the was damp from overnight and covered with a decent of leaf-litter. The Kwaka didn’t but I rode more slowly; slight twitchy feel I and the retro-style tyres, not making me very confident .

The ride shows up the limitations of old-school design and specification it gets a bit harsh over The comfy seat helps, but be good if the suspension was a bit softer to Although I suppose that be to the detriment of the handling.

Brakes are much in line with the of the bike too, okay, but not That disc / drum feels a bit too old-school for my liking, and the isn’t strong.

Kawasaki W800
Kawasaki W800


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