The Kawasaki W800 is a classic retro bike that will appeal to classic bike buyer and is likely to launch in India next year.
Kawasaki India might be finally prepping to launch their classic retro styled motorcycle, the W800 in India very soon. The bike was spotted by our reader in Mangalore who has managed to get quite a few details about the bike. The Kawasaki W800 is the successor to the W650 that was manufactured in between 1999-2007. It was launched globally in 2011 and follows the classic design language of the W series bikes the company produced in the late sixties and early seventies.
The Kawasaki W800 that was spotted testing in Mangalore was a standard Euro-spec version which comes with features like a W logo on the fuel tank, chrome rear view mirrors and exhaust pipes, dual pod instrument cluster with vintage fonts and a tiny LCD display, long ribbed seat, wired wheels and front disc brake. The Kawasaki W800 is based on a double cradle frame made out of high strength steel and gets a long wheel base of 1,465mm.
The Kawasaki W800 is powered by a 773cc parallel twin motor that churns out 48 PS of max power and 60 Nm of max torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission with a wet multi disc clutch. The engine comes with fuel injection compared to the W650 which had a carbureted parallel twin motor. Suspension duties are carried out by a telescopic front fork and a adjustable dual shock absorbers at the rear. It weighs in at 217 Kgs and is meant for long distance highway touring. The Kawasaki W800 will compete with the likes of the Triumph Bonneville T100 in India.