Kawasaki is now launching the 2019 Kawasaki W800 in India soon. The retro style motorcycle was supposed to come to India back in 2016 but was scrapped as it did not meet Euro 4 norms. But now Kawasaki is bringing the updated version to our markets finally.
The W800 is a successor to the company’s old W series motorcycles. It is essentially a vertical twin. A vertical twin is similar to a parallel twin but with a different firing order. It also has a 360-degree crank angle over the traditional 180 degrees. This means both the pistons will work rise and fall at the same time.
Kawasaki W800 engine and performance
To further highlight the retro nature of the motorcycle, it is using an older bevel gear cam drive. Also, the new Kawasaki W800 is powered by a 773cc vertical twin air-cooled, fuel injected, SOHC engine. It is good for producing 47.5hp at 6,500rpm and 62.9Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. It is paired with a 5-speed transmission system. Although the power and torque figure seem low by today’s standards, the W800 according to Kawasaki is a true retro motorcycle even in the way it performs.
Kawasaki W800 design and features
Coming to the design of the W800, it screams retro from every angle. Kawasaki has got all the tiny details right. It features a flat seat, oval fuel tank, and round headlight, just as anyone expects from a motorcycle of this category. The front and rear fenders are also minimalistic and show the true retro nature.
The twin-pod instrument cluster doesn’t show a lot of information either. It shows the basic information like speed, rpm, odometer with a trip meter and some warning lights. It even misses out on a fuel gauge but makes it up with a reserve fuel warning light.
All this being said, the W800 also gets some modern touches. The headlights may look old-school, but it uses LED lights. It also gets a slipper clutch. Also, the large 320mm front disc and 270mm rear disc brakes come assisted with ABS.
Internationally, the W800 is available in two different variants – Street and Cafe. The Cafe version features a cowl around the headlights and a sportier seat to give it a cafe racer look. The W800 is manufactured in Thailand and will come to India via the CKD route. This means the price will be slightly on the higher side. It is expected to cost around INR 6-7 lakh. It is significantly more expensive than the RE 650 twins.
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