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
The W800, in both looks and feel, stands on the shoulders of the legendary Kawasaki W1, the model that started a brand that spans over 50 years. Dark and interesting, the W800 Special Edition mixes matt and gloss black surfaces with black anodised style rims, detail features and subtle highlights into an intoxicating cocktail.
It offers components meticulously crafted down to the smallest detail and a feeling of authentic quality that can only come from using metal parts. The rumbling of the air-cooled Vertical Twin engine and the distinct handling that comes with large-diameter wheels pays homage to the magnificent machines from an older generation, gone but not forgotten.
The W800 produces loads of feel-good pulse from the Vertical Twin engine displacing 773cm³. The strong low-mid range torgue enhances the unhurried pleasure of the vintage ride.
Electronic Fuel Injection – The W800 features a fuel injection system that does not take away from the vintage look of the motorcycle. It also provides reliability, precise fuel metering, clean emissions and easy starting.
The 19″ front and 18″ rear wheels add to the classic appearance of the W800. The 19″ front provides that classic handling feel with a fine balance of relaxed, light turning and straight line stability.
Separate speedometer and tachometer are complemented by a simple LCD screen and a complete set of indicator lamps.
Easy to read, informative and the ultimate blend of heritage charm with modern riding requirements.
The look of love. Every time you look down you can see the unique Kawasaki Special Edition logo.
The right feel and fit is added to with the W800 knee pads are standard on the bike.
The W800’s deeply padded seat features classic ribbed padding and colour matched wire piping for a custom look straight from the factory.
Long, comfortable seat with thick, ribbed padding has plenty of room for rider and passenger. Urethane at the front of the seat was shaped to facilitate the reach to the ground.
The black chrome finished passenger grips add a quality touch.
Small details like the steel chain guard, elegant muffler design, sculpted fuel tank and steel fenders all help give the W800 its stunning vintage look. The centre stand is a standard item on the W800.
Metal parts have been used in favour of plastic throughout the W800. Corrosion-resistant parts have been selected to maintain its long term charm.
The W800 Special Edition is the latest model in a brand that spans over 50 years with Kawasaki’s original W1 debuting in 1966.
It was the largest displacement Japanese model of its time.
The W800 owes its pedigree to a long line of predecessors such as the 1968 W2SSE shown here.
|Model||W800 Special Edition EJ8000AJFA|
|Engine Type||Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin|
|Bore X Stroke||77.0 x 83.0 mm|
|Valve System||SOHC 8 valve, Bevel Drive|
|Fuel System||DFI 2 X 34 mm with Sub Throttles|
|Ignition||TCBI with Digital Advance|
|Transmission||5-speed with Positive Neutral Finder|
|Wheel Travel Front||2.15-19.0|
|Wheel Travel Back||2.75-18.0|
|Front||100/90-19M/C 57H 130|
|Front||39 mm telescopic fork|
|Rear||Twin rear shock with 5-way adjustable spring preload|
|Front||300 mm Single semi floating disc with twin piston calliper|
|Rear||Drum, 160 mm|
|L x W x H||2,190 mm x 790 mm x 1,075 mm|
|Ground Clearance||125 mm|
|Seat Height||790 mm|
|Curb Mass||217 kg|
|Fuel Capacity||14 litres|
|Max Power||35kW @ 6,500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||60.0 N.m @ 2,500 rpm|
|Warranty||24 Months Unlimited Kilometres|