Kawasaki steps up its bid to grab a slice of the growing naked-bike market with the Z900 ABS. As demand for the genre increased, so have expectations of performance along with polished looks. Kawi built this ride to replace both the Z800 and Z1000 moving forward into the ’17 model year, so buyers should expect to find plenty of both of those qualities. What did the factory throw on this all-new bike to make it competitive in a minimalist, sportster/roadster market? How will it compare to the other “Big-Four” naked 750s? Let’s check it out and see.
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The Kawasaki W800 is one of those bikes that doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as most other retro-style bikes in the market today. First introduce in 2011, the W800 is considered the successor to the W650, a similarly constructed model that Kawasaki built from 1999 to 2007.
This year, Kawasaki is once again rolling out the W800. Sadly, we’re not going to see it anytime soon. That’s because the company is only releasing the retro-styled machine in Japan. Weep with me now, fellas, because unless we go buy this model in Japan, it’s unlikely that any of them will head to the US anytime soon.
Should somebody think of doing just that, now’s the best time to remind everyone that Kawasaki isn’t just keeping the W800 Special Edition in Japan, it’s also only producing 300 units of the bike.
Hard enough as it is to spot a Kawasaki W800 in the US, the sheer number of units Kawasaki is making available will also make it a difficult “spot” over there in Japan.
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With its classic appearance, old school attitude and spoked wheels, the Kawasaki W800 Café Style was especially designed to bring back the glory of café racers.
The motorcycle is fitted with a classic single seat, bikini cowling and a matt black exhaust. You’ll also like the classy emblem placed on the fuel tank and the black engine parts.
Talking about the engine, the Kawasaki W800 Café Style is propelled by an air-cooled, 4-stroke vertical twin unit with a displacement of 773 Cm³. Fire it up and it will reward you with a peak power of 35 KW (48 PS) at 6,500 Rpm and 60 Nm (6.1 Kgf-M) of torque at 2,500 rpm. The engine’s power is kept in check by a five speed transmission.
In terms of colours, the Kawasaki W800 Cafe Style is available in Metallic Nocturne Blue and Ebony.
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The Kawasaki W800 Special Edition comes with a special paint job which helps it stand out from the crowd. We especially like how Kawasaki’s engineers have mixed the matt and gloss black surfaces with the black anodized rims and orange details. The motorcycle has also received Kawasaki’s Special Edition logo which is mounted on the fuel tank.
In terms of power, the Kawasaki W800 Special Edition boosts an air-cooled, 4-stroke vertical twin engine with a displacement of 773 cc. The unit generates a maximum power of 48 PS at 6,500 rpm and 60 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. All this power is kept under control by a five speed transmission with wet, multi-disc clutch.
It is also worth mentioning that the motorcycle rides on 100/90-19M/C 57H front and 130/80-18M/C 66H rear tyres.
The bike is priced at €8.569.
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The Kawasaki W800 offered a perfect mix of old school style and modern technologies. Its classic café racer look is underlined by the classy fuel tank, the traditional frame design and the long seat with thick, ribbed padding.
At the heart of the Kawasaki W800 sits a 773 cc, air cooled, 4 stroke vertical twin engine which generates a maximum power of 35 KW (48 PS) at 6,500 rpm and 60 NM (6.1 Kgf.M) of torque at 2,500 rpm. The engine transfers its power to the rear wheel through a five speed transmission and is fueled by a 14 liters fuel tank.
The motorcycle also features a 5-way adjustable clutch lever and a 4-way adjustable brake lever which enable riders to fine-tune lever position.
The Kawasaki W800 is offered with a base price of €8.326.
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Meet the all-new 2014 Kawasaki Z100. The new model year made its worldwide debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
The motorcycle is propelled by the same engine as the Kawasaki Z1000SX namely a 1043cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four unit which cranks out a maximum power of 142hp and 81.8lbft of torque. The engine is combined with new exhaust internals which help you get a more aggressive roar.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the motorcycle is equipped with a new fuel tank which has an increased capacity rated at 17 litres.
Jump on board and you’ll be greeted by dual-element digital instrumentation, a fat solid-mount tubular aluminum handlebar with double-taper grips, a new intricately textured seat and Ninja ZX-10R-style footpegs with knurled surfaces.
The 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 can be yours for no less than $11.999.
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Deus Customs is a motorcycle tuning company based in Australia that specializes in building custom bikes for custom people. One of their recent creations is the French Connection, a custom-made bike that was built and designed specifically for Moto GP1 star, Randy De Puniet.
For this bike, De Puniet wanted something that could pass as a middleweight, 2-up, twin-type that is versatile enough to hit the city streets while having enough durability to last during those out-of-town trips.
To get the bike up-to-character, Deus painted the Kawasaki W650-based French Connection bike with an orange, white, and black paint finish. The tuning firm also dressed up the rims and hubs in a black satin film while fitting in a vintage style headlight that supports the tachometer.
Deus also tweaked the bike’s performance set-up, working around its 649cc engine and putting new K&N filters and a custom 2-into-2 system. The company also modified the forks before dressing up the front and rear guards in a pair of Firestone tires.
All in all, we think that Randy De Puniet enjoyed his new custom bike. As far as we’re concerned, the name by itself - the French Connection - is enough for us to notice it.
It might seem a little presumptuous to heap praise on a bike that was only redesigned a year ago, but in the case of the Kawasaki Z1000, all the early praise seems justified. It’s not the most powerful or the most visually stimulating bike on the market, but the Z1000 touches on all the bases to make it a crowd favorite.
The bike’s rakishly stunning lines and contoured shape makes for an aesthetically pleasant vibe. Performance capabilities are also impressive, thanks to a 1043cc liquid-cooled 16-valve dual cam engine that provides just enough horsepower and torque to keep it from lagging behind the rest of the lot.
The Z1000 is the perfect epitome of a ’happy motorcycle’, one that’s often described as giving customers the feeling that their money spent on the bike was worth every last penny. All that considering the fact that this Kawasaki bike is relatively young by motorcycle standards, making it even more impressive any which way you look at it.
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The 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 is already one of the best Japanese nakeds around, but ways to make it better are always found either by riders individually or by tuners. These lasts have the habit of developing entire upgrade kits that set the bike miles away from its original state of new product that has just come out the factory gates.
Take the 2010 Roaring Toyz Kawasaki Z1000 case for example. The bike gets a set of Performance Machine wheels (17-inch front, 18-inch rear), 240-section rear tire, a custom-built braced swingarm and Brocks 4-2-1 exhaust, just to mention some of its most impressive new features.
The gold/silver paintjob does help at setting the bike apart from its standard siblings, but what we like the most about this project is the fact that it looks like that’s just the way Kawi did it in the first place. This is really one of those bikes that people see and ask “what is stock and what is aftermarket about it?” Click past the break to find out.
While Kawasaki discontinued their 1990s Zephyr 1100, the bike remains popular among those with an affinity for large-displacement nakeds and it even got a 2010 makeover from the Japanese tuner Moriwaki. The bike looks gorgeous with the dark blue/yellow color scheme, but this is one of those cases when the “more than meets the eye” part is what really makes all the difference.
This thing is powered by a big bore 1258cc inline-four engine breathing out through a hand made exhaust system and developing a decent 110bhp. While bringing in a new clutch and suspension, Moriwaki also fitted their latest idea for a Kawi Zephyr with a computer designed, aluminum alloy swingarm in order to stiffen up the rear end as well as make possible the use of a 180 section rear wheel and tire.
Is it just us or this is the best looking Kawasaki Zephyr around?
In what concerns middleweight streetfighter bikes, a powerful and smooth operating engine, comfortable ergonomics and light handling are all qualities that manage to do the trick each and every time. So what could have possibly been Kawasaki doing to the ER-6n that they ended up delivering such a versatile, aggressive looking and awesome performing motorcycle that it even ended up on the American market? Honestly, quite a lot.
The series of modifications improved almost every aspect of the light and attractive Kawi bike so that the highest demands would be easily met and so far it didn’t disappoint. Furthermore, the 2010 model year gets a lowered seat from 30.9 inches to 29.7 inches, making this an even more appropriate choice for beginning riders who need to be steady on their feet.
The Gpz 1100 was one of Kawasaki’s first sport-touring motorcycles, but there’s little left of this particular unit after ending up in the hands of custom motorcycle builder WrenchMonkees. Turned into a naked powered by now a 125 hp Gpz engine upgraded with an 1170cc Wiseco piston kit and featuring more tweaks than you would imagine, this might very well reflect how things get done in Denmark.
With sports wheels and suspensions, this roadster should know how to bring riders the most benefits from that powerful Japanese inline-four engine, so in the end it is all a matter of style, which is quite unique, especially if we look at the backend. This is contoured by the WM rearframe and characterized by a flat seat and custom back fender as well as by the LED taillight. Up front, there’s also a WM fender, while the fork wraps make it look like one of those Mad Max bikes. In between, there’s a stylish Zephyr fuel tank and a very enthusiastic rider. Please read the specs after the break.
It seems the Kawasaki Z 750 B is a great bike to work on for Copenhagen-based custom builder WrenchMonkees as this is not the first time we write about their creations based on this particular Japanese bike. In this case, they choose bobber-like wheels as a first step in turning classic into custom while the unique rear frame and seat leave the unmistakable WM signature.
The original engine was kept, but it is now restored and covered in black heat resistant paint. It develops approximately 50 hp and breaths through K&N filters and WM megatron mufflers, this time not covered in exhaust heat wrap.
Clearly, style beats performance on this custom motorcycle and the final touch is given by the in-house rear fender and clean custom paint. Those small head and tail lights are supposed to make the wheels look even fatter and the thing is that this is one of those bikes that you rediscover each and every time you look at it. Specs are attached after the break.