Well well well, it’s time for retro fans to rejoice. Kawasaki’s retro rock star – the W800 street is reaching Indian shores. The Japanese bike maker has launched the bike at INR 7.99 lakhs. Kawasaki will follow the Semi Knocked Down (SKD) route for this bike to keep the costs at check.
The Modern Retro
The W800 street takes design cues from the iconic Kawasaki W1 from the late 1960s. The motorcycle draws the power from a 773cc parallel twin engine. The output is a healthy 48 PS at 6000 rpm and 62 Nm at 4800 rpm. Everything about the W800 screams retro. The double cradle chassis, round LED headlamp, twin pod instrument cluster and the spoked wheels – all speak the retro language. The retro LED headlamp contains 6 chambers – 4 for low beam and two for high beam. The chrome ring adds to the classy retro touch of the bike. The front and rear fenders are minimalist.
The twin-pod instrument has displays for speed, rpm and a host of other indicators. A separate LCD displays trip and odometer related information. The engine has a 360 degree crankshaft configuration – taken from the iconic W1. This means that both the pistons will rise and fall together. This configuration along with the twin muffler will produce a hearty roar with the twist of a wrist. The bike sports a low profile seat.
The unique Cam Drive setup
An interesting mechanical bit is the W800 uses a bevel gear cam shaft drive. That is, the crankshaft and camshaft are connected by a vertical propeller shaft. This propeller is driven by a smaller gears at the end of crank shaft which in turn operates the cam shaft. The final drive is a chain drive and the transmission is a 5 speed unit with assist and slipper clutch.
Color and Other bits and pieces
The W800 is available in only one color- metallic flat spark black/metallic matte graphite grey. Braking duties are taken care of by a 320mm disc at the front and a 270mm disc at the rear. Dual channel ABS is standard. The front and rear wheels measure 18 inches. Front suspension is a telescopic unit with a 41mm travel. The rear suspension is a twin shock unit with pre-load adjustability.