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Kawasaki W800


may not be what it used to be, but that stopped more than a few looking towards bikes hark back to a time men were men, leather was and bikes left black on your driveway.

Or to put it another the 1960s and 1970s.

Go over 70 and you can use the

Bikes such as the Triumph range, new Nortons, Guzzis and Enfields are all styled to resemble bikes from past although in the case of Enfield of the technology is also from the (ok, yes I know they now an electric start, fuel and ‘correct’ side gear

For 2012, Kawasaki has rejoined the drive with the W800 – a bike with modern like an ability to retain

What have we got?

A few ago Kawasaki’s model range the W650, a bike that is a bit of a gem and actually had a load more than the modern Bonnevilles it was up

For whatever reasons (most emissions laws) the W650 was from the range in 2006, that was a bit of a shame as it had quickly a cult following thanks to its nature and cool styling.

Now re-invented the W in best Mr Kipling With its air-cooled parallel engine (with bevel-driven that look like the W800 certainly looks the You have to give it to Kawasaki’s department: the chrome mudguards, gaiters, twin peashooter drum rear brake and saddle make the W800 superb.

You may not immediately spot it as a Kawasaki They’ve replaced the Kawasaki logo with a ‘W’ badge, and the factory name on the back of the – which I reckon looks

Parallel twins: were ever any good?

Break out the

Push the starter (no kickstart and the W800 rumbles into As with most modern the exhaust note is nothing than a pathetic whisper smashing a metal bar up the pipe out a bit of noise deadening?) but the W vibrates a pleasing ‘old bike’ as its parallel twin ticks

Looking at the clocks I have to say I’m not a fan of the styling or font used for the It seems a bit modern to me, though the use of rather than white as a colour is nice. In with the clutch and away we go…

The W650 was the fastest bike out there, so the capacity has given the W800 welcome extra poke. style of bike isn’t top speeds, but the 800 can now happily cruise at. speeds. No doubt though it is far happier on smaller roads the punchy engine can be enjoyed.

around the back roads on the is a very pleasant experience. The isn’t bad and the vibrations from the are just enough to give it without getting annoying.

Kawasaki W800

Speaking as an owner of a classic bike I can say that the hefty of a big single can really start to get after a while. However, is a slight issue with the ‘character buzz’. The vibrations the motor make the mirrors useless as they only a blur of colour at most

Oddly enough I found cleared above 80mph (on land, etc) which exactly the speed this is likely to live at.

Also, the front brake is a little in its action, providing the bare of stopping power at best. said that, it’s better than a drum

They should offer overstickers

Who will buy it?

The W800 will appeal to a certain type of who I always think of as my Dad! The old boy has bikes all his life, but as he is now touching 70 he has up on his 1960 Velocette as the kickstart is a bit to fire over. He’d the Kawasaki (although he probably want it, as it’s Japanese and not because it has a relaxed ride, steering lock, electric and looks the part.

A modern gives you total reliability in a bike that can be taken out and whatever the weather. The W800’s competitor is probably the Bonneville and I it would run the Triumph close in a test. It’s priced looks as cool and handles as

The only issue the Kawasaki has is the badge that (isn’t) on the A Kawasaki is never as cool as a – which is a shame as, snobbery the W800 is a lovely bike for Sunday rides.

Specs: W800

Kawasaki W800
Kawasaki W800
Kawasaki W800
Kawasaki W800
Kawasaki W800

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