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Re: Retro styled W800. Launched (pg 2)

A couple of road tests, with great photos, followed by a Brit road test.

May 21, 2011

Stand down and be — meet the new W (click for a version)

My Dad. Knows nothing about motorbikes bar mechanical basics and (in his eyes at their inherent danger – and whatever his still-sharp 60 year-old tell him. So picture the when I roll up to my parent’s for Mother’s Day on a brand new Kawasaki Of course he knows that the bike I reviewed was Zero’s but flawed Zero S. and he briefly his eyes over this new one as I rev it up to him a listen to the engine.

There’s a of deep contemplation, much a Kung Fu master might do, he calmly pronounces, “Another bike, is it?” I laugh out An electric bike? “Come on! look at the thing,” I blurt, out the two massive pipes hanging off the “I know it doesn’t look an electric bike,” he replies. it sure does sound one…”

Please do meet all new W800 – a rethink of the popular and their tilt at the ever-expanding bike segment. As we all know, the was quite a hit with the custom and has produced many superb DIY including a few corkers from Sydney hipsters Deus Ex

The intro blurb on the company points out the attention to detail and quality” gained from a plethora of metal and chrome on the – no doubt in an attempt to lure older riders with a for the good ol’ days and younger who are possibly looking to get in on the custom craze. Kawasaki are also quick to mention that the a homage to their original W1 twin of 1967 – but do note a homage is all that it is, as the W1 has almost in common with the W650 or excepting the parallel twin configuration and a 360- firing

A tip for budding photographers — shooting a bike with two ensure they are not both at the same time

Naturally, the an air-cooled number with a of 773cc. By Kawasaki’s measure, the produced is around 52Kw (70 up from 37 Kw (50 hp) of the previous model; is spun out of the new block at 60Nm (76 ft. as compared to the 41Nm (56 ft. lbs.) of the W650. All this is happening lower in the rev range than the old with maximum torque at 2500 rpm – 2000 rpm lower the six fiddy.

You’ve got a five-speed box to toe through, and a 14 ltr (4 tank to pour the petroleum The frame is good ol’ tube and it all weighs in at 216 kg (476 lbs.), the seat stopping your downwards motion at 790mm The rest is completely as you’d with telescopic front (no adjustment), twin rear (pre-load adjustment), disc and drum rear.

It’ll you 12 thousand biscuits if you pay recommended in Oz.

The bike is impressive on first All that chrome burns into your retinas and you help but be impressed. When you recovered your sight, the details also please. nothing that jumped out to my eyes as under-done or budget-looking and the is obviously nice and thick – and at weight it’d want to be.

about the colours? We do hope sir dark green, because the sum total of the choices available, there’s so little surface on the bike that isn’t I’m not sure that it’d a whole lot of difference. You can bet your dollar there will be colours announced soon, Jumping on board confirms it’s not a featherweight.

It’s not heavy either, but just enough for you to think twice doing your first few

Somewhat quizzically, it’s placed in the “Sports” section of the line-up alongside the likes of the … and 1400GTR Hayabusa but once you sight that tank from the rider’s you can’t help but think more than a little in the bike’s genes. Of course the only adds to that The retro feel of the bike is with grace and thankfully not anywhere.

I find that a dials are a decent gauge fully intended) of excessively intentions on many bikes in class and often end up looking like a prop from an Powers film than that you’d be happy to at on a regular basis. These pass the test nicely, only the slightest hint of old in the font chosen for the numerals. And the bike does pass the morning smile-on-first-sighting test.

a looker, no doubt about it.

without being lame-o. display cycles through trip, and time

One thing did strike me as odd, though, was the of any Kawasaki branding on the bike for the company moniker on the rear of the padded seat. The tank has a simply “W” badge that more than a little the classic Triumph eyebrow.

This made me stop and as to why they would do that; they probably want to on people the heritage of the brand and all but I for one couldn’t really think of example of this kind of on a bike. Weird. Picturing as an owner, I’d be worried that I end up being constantly asked, kind of bike is a W?” over and

Say it loud and say it proud, guys. a Kawasaki! There’s nothing to be of there.

No relation to George, we

The engine turns over at the whiff of starter (no kick-start I’m afraid) and settles in a neat and humming belying its modern electronic choke and fancy-pants injection. A twist of the throttle or two the bevel-drive cam to throw its hand up in the classroom and be noticed. Then it me.

The metallic whine of bevel is all I can hear. Where’s the beautiful parallel twin exhaust in this musical mix? – that’s where.

I then that the bike might with some valves I get on the road, but alas and alack it eventuates. Even at highway with a heap of revs all I ever hear is the power-station hum of the and an almost indiscernible bass that just rumbles in the background without ever into something that rouse the hairs on your (or in my case, my back) to any degree.

the pity as the pipes are a thing of all that glorious chrome for little result. I can only that the engineers were too much attention to the noisy police and not enough to the riders who out the dollars on the showroom floor. Of this was the very conundrum my Dad was on, albeit in his own, “get to the crux of the matter without knowing that he’s so” kind of way.

Out on the bitumen the W starts to reveal it’s character. The thing is totally down and as slick as a damn big of freshly polished slick All very modern, seamless and unlike the retro image it Gear changes are silky, is smooth and it’s rarely by your general assortment of road acne. As with any parallel twin it’s but not to a silly degree.

You’ll get a mirror full of tungsten at night with the vibes of the blurring car headlights, but it’s enough for you to lose track of you’re seeing. Good for oscilloscope fans, then. I found a rather amusing in the rev range around the 3000 rpm that made my vision go all and really gave me a pleasant, um, a Well, you get the idea.

Contact me privately for the Polaroids. As expect from its weight and it feels well planted and at speed, but does suffer from a stick-in-the-mud-ish feel you are trying to get it to hustle around the bits.

It has a habit of looking and lean from some and quite wide from

Torque is there in spades, and all about 2 rpm. I’ve a few bikes that are really to do anything but idle in the lower of their rev range. Not the W; it and it’s big flywheel were totally by low rev riding.

Like any decent, engine you can just leave it in and punt it around using the great mass of twist the generates.

Likewise, cruising at speeds seems just as ticking over at a lazy rpm at 120 kmh (60 mph) and a crazy-low 2750 at 80 kmh (50 Roll on the throttle and the thing goes like the high god of has summoned a surf-able road behind you. It never hurried or flustered, and although the red is painted on at a reasonably high rpm it always seemed to be very comfortable despite whatever my hand threw at it.

Yes, the looks amazing. Note drive for cams

One thing did arise from my inner riding was the tendency for the ‘box to into neutral on its way up from to second. Undoubtedly it was more a little to do with getting to the cog-swapping habits of the bike, but it more than a few days my loan and went from a slight sigh to a fully-blown of toilet language after a few redlines as my left boot nothing but warm oil on the other end of the lever.

More than a embarrassing, too. Hopefully would remove itself the picture with a bit more and a few more miles on the clocks. again, the rather pleasant to this was a very easy selection when rolling to a in traffic.

Large indicators you to be seen by other motorists and shelter should it rain

Of course, after I became a familiar with its looks my turned to possible customization for the bike. Ideally I’d like to as much metal as possible the intention of getting it out of the 200s and into the low 190s or high kilo-wise.

The tank would definitely to go (or at least get the chop) and I’ll to slap you if you didn’t guess I’d want to free up the restrictions on beautiful pipes to let the much-repressed songs of the parallel twin out the open air. I’d also hit for a standard “written” Kawasaki (or even an old W650 item) to the weird-*** big “W” living there Thanks for nothing Kawasaki Department.

Scott tells me Deus have just out a mild custom W800 is now sitting in their Camperdown (see iPhone picture and a quick search on Google that Kawasaki Japan a few sweet aftermarket accessories a new cowl seat, colour, and fairing. Word is they be available outside Japan rather than later.

A photo I took in Deus afternoon of their mildly-modded New pipes? Check. No weird badges? Check. Great

I’ve a had a week or two to mull over with the W800 it’s return and it struck me in a lot of ways the bike is to classic like a cover version is to the song. Now don’t take the wrong way; I’m not taking a at the bike but rather trying to the way the bike looks like the deal but upon closer it is actually a lot more slick, and modern that it may first

Getting this mix is quite the art and I think that Kawasaki done a pretty good job at and choosing just what rock and swagger like Hendrix and what should and bleep like LCD Soundsystem. the notable exception of that fascistic exhaust, the bike has the mix as far as I’m concerned.

But does it actually do the thing? Hell yes!

The W’s test will be how it fares in the place against the likes of Bonneville and T100 variant. In the W has the price advantage over the along with less and roughly the same oomph. it has tradition against it and as much as would like us to believe the W has a photo album full of yellowing shots of the W1, I think the do have it, erm, trumped on front.

Kawasaki W800 Cafe Style

We’ve not reviewed any of the bikes as of yet but I’d sure be interested in a back-to-back with the two to see exactly how stack up. As a solo act, the was a hit with us and I’d happily pop in my own lot as the ride of when you’re feeling a nostalgic but could do without the oil and breakdowns. Nice one team

Pipeburn recommended.

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— Kawasaki Review

— By Trevor

Kawasaki were the first of the brands to go seriously retro their W650 more a decade ago. Despite Triumph’s modern day Bonneville largely manufactured in Asia) had cred’ with the buying thanks to that British name on the tank. The Triumph was the more appealing ride, improved and changed over the while the W650 remained the

In 2011, thanks to a 5mm larger Kawasaki have reinvented machine and the W650 has grown to the W800 and this time Triumph should definitely sit up and notice.

Retro-chic is all about the and the W800 is a truly stunning The attention to detail on this is really a class above the The chrome rims with beefy spokes, the authentic saddle and streamlined tank, all class.

The W650 did a reasonable job in regard but the W800 has stepped it up few notches.

It is only upon inspection of details like the and small LCD gauge inside the that you actually realise this is not the real deal the 1960s. And you certainly don’t to be of that vintage to appreciate classic styling — I am not! You get the style without the or oil leaks.

The vertical side-by-side certainly looks the part the bevel-drive cam a particular masterstroke of the Despite a 360-degree crankshaft and flywheel the rider is largely from what’s going on them, which is a little Nothing a set of rorty pipes fix though.

Developing maximum from as low as 2000rpm, there is no benefit in revving the fuel-injected too hard. It revs cleanly to but the best grunt is available 3000 and 5000rpm.

Acceleration off the is a little sluggish but once up and the W800 responds okay. is no real feeling of significant as the engine is just so incredibly Expect to be surprised, however, you look at the speedo. Top gear on from 60km/h or 100km/h is quite respectable and a downshift is needed to accomplish a swift manoeuvre.

Its pull is deceptive.

The tank holds a modest 14 but the W800 easily betters per litre which gives the a 280km range.

The spring in the twin shock rear end are soft but the damping does a job of keeping it from bouncing too over bumps. One up it is passable, but if a pillion I really think stiffer springs will be in Again, that’s quite an fix and if you really enjoy pushing corners then throw in a set of springs in the 39mm forks you are at it.

Sporting prowess in the hills is not the design brief for the W800. it is much better in the hills virtually any cruiser style you care to name. The skinny helps make the W800 very athletic when smoothly from bend to and as long as you attune to its limitations it offers a fun ride in the hills. no pressure riding a bike this, you just pick pace and rock your off along your favourite route.

It’s not quite as in the hills as the Triumph iterations on theme, but it’s still fun and you don’t really care.

The disc front end has no ABS, nor any for ABS, as there isn’t stopping power to lock the The forks couldn’t cope serious stopping power and again it’s a horses-for-courses I think some female would appreciate less being required at the lever and a little more braking would be welcome.

This of bike is perfect for a Sunday out for lunch and would additionally a fantastic commuter. The W800s going nature, smooth and low seat height makes for a bike around town. It is worth serious consideration buyers that are after with plenty of style but with handling dynamics far to the vast majority of cruiser motorcycles.

And for a fraction of the price.

At plus on roads is a little than the base model from Triumph but it is $1500 than the Bonneville SE. The clincher is the Kawasaki is a more authentic experience than the Triumph, but for it won’t matter how good it is if it have that Triumph on the tank. Unfortunately for Kawasaki, just how it is.

Specs – Kawasaki

Engine – 773cc, air-cooled,

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