The Kawasaki W800 is a pretty basic motorcycle that features a retro style mixed with modern features and a small dose of adrenaline.
As far as design is concerned, the Kawasaki W800 comes with a voluptuous fuel tank combined with newly designed emblems, lots of chrome, a big headlight and a long, comfortable seat with thick, ribbed padding.
We also need to send a shout at the beautiful, classic-styled engine that gives the motorcycle an iconic look. In terms of power, the air-cooled, 4-stroke, vertical twin unit develops a maximum output of 48 PS at 6,500 rpm and 60 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. The engine is fed by a 14 liters fuel tank and its power is kept in leash by a five speed transmission.
The Kawasaki W800 can be yours for not less than £ 6,899.
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Mixing high tech with heritage in one seductive retro package, the W800, with classic, class leading features, makes sound, simple sense in a complicated motorcycling world.
Elegant muffler design
Simple, elegant muffler design comprises smooth curves and long, straight lines.
Peashooter-style silencers with slim chambers and long tailpipes add a vintage touch.
"Building a beautiful engine" was a key concept when designing the air-cooled Vertical Twin. The classic-styled engine is lightweight, simple and a joy to behold.
Iconic bevel-gear-driven cam adds beauty to the cylinder head while contributing to the engine’s classical appearance.
Voluptuous fuel tank finished in high-quality paint contributes to the W800’s aura of functional elegance.
Newly designed tank emblems, finished in chrome, contribute to the high quality appearance.
Long, comfortable seat with thick, ribbed padding has plenty of room for rider and passenger. Urethane at the front of the seat is shaped to facilitate the reach to the ground. Piping around the edge of the seat follows the line between the rider and passenger’s legs to ensure it does not cut into the rider’s thighs when at a halt.
As much as possible, plastic was eschewed in favour of metal. The result is a feeling of authentic quality that can only be obtained from the solid feel of metal parts.
Traditional instrumentation includes individual speedometer and tachometer with classic display. A multi-function LCD screen incorporates an odometer, tripmeter, and clock. A full range of indicator lamps includes an FI warning lamp, dual turn signal indicators, low fuel level indicator, high beam indicator, neutral indicator, and oil pressure warning lamp.
5-way adjustable clutch lever and 4-way adjustable brake lever enable riders to fine-tune lever span.
Rear shock absorbers
Dual rear shock absorbers, adjustable for spring preload, offer a smooth ride and clean look.
Single 300 mm front disc brake offers sure stopping power.
Traditionally styled front fork
Traditionally styled front fork uses rubber gaitors to protect the fork tubes and ensure long fork seal life. Outer tubes have a buffed finish, which contributes to the light looking front end.
Large headlamp is offset wonderfully by the speedometer and tachometer and simple console.
|Fuel system||Fuel injection:f34 mm x 2 with sub-throttles|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication, wet sump|
|Engine type||Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin|
|Bore x stroke||77.0 x 83.0 mm|
|Valve/Induction system||SOHC, 8 valves|
|Clutch Wet||multi-disc, manual|
|Primary reduction ratio||2.095 (88/42)|
|Gear ratios: 1st||2.353 (40/17)|
|Gear ratios: 2nd||1.591 (35/22)|
|Gear ratios: 3rd||1.240 (31/25)|
|Gear ratios: 4th||1.000 (28/28)|
|Gear ratios: 5th||0.852 (23/27)|
|Final reduction ratio||2.467 (37/15)|
|Frame type||Double-cradle, high-tensile steel|
|Rake/Trail||27° / 108 mm|
|Wheel travel, front||130 mm|
|Wheel travel, rear||106 mm|
|Tyre, front||100/90-19M/C 57H|
|Tyre, rear||130/80-18M/C 66H|
|Steering angle, left / right||37° / 37°|
|Suspension, front||39 mm telescopic fork|
|Suspension, rear||Twin shocks Spring preload: 5-way|
|Dimensions (L x W x H)||2,180 x 790 x 1,075 mm|
|Ground Clearance||125 mm|
|Seat height||790 mm|
|Fuel capacity||14 litres|
|Curb Mass||217 kg|
|Maximum power||35 KW (48 PS) / 6,500 rpm|
|Maximum torque||60 N.m (6.1 kgf-m) / 2,500 rpm|