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Old 24th January 2011, 00:09   #31
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Default Kawasaki W800 on sale in Japan and Australia ... now.

After the launch at Intermot in Oct '10, the first bikes seem to have hit the road in Japan and Australia ...

Source : Kawasaki Launches Sport-Model W800 with the Riding Feel and Beauty of a Vintage Motorcycle | Press Release | Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. KHI

Kawasaki Launches Sport-Model W800 with the Riding Feel and Beauty of a Vintage Motorcycle

Dec. 24, 10
W800 W800 Special Edition
Tokyo, December 24, 2010 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it will launch the sport-model W800, a motorcycle that recreates the riding feel and beauty of a vintage motorcycle, in Japan on February 1, 2011.

The soon-to-launch W800 will be the latest evolution of Kawasaki's W series motorcycles. The origins of the W series can be traced to the W1, which made its debut in 1966 and boasted the largest engine capacity of any Japanese motorcycle at the time. The W1 also laid the foundation for Kawasaki's subsequent rise as a manufacturer of large motorcycles and it inaugurated the W series brand that has since matured over the long course of 45 years. Its continuing legacy now thrives also with the W800.

With an air-cooled, 4-stroke, parallel twin-cylinder SOHC 4-valve long-stroke engine (773 cm3), the W800 inherits the W series traditional vertical twin*. Its engine generates a maximum torque at 2,500 rpm to provide not only strong power and control at low- and mid-range engine speeds but also a satisfying comfortable vibration and deep throb. With a fuel system using fuel injection, the W800's advanced air-fuel ratio control realizes superior environmental performance to ensure compliance with the new Japanese emissions regulations. The W800 also realizes easy handling thanks to its combination of narrow, large-diameter tires and traditional-style suspension. Riders will enjoy a distinctive riding feel reminiscent of a vintage motorcycle.

From the chrome-plated emblem that proudly adorns the W800's slender fuel tank to its deeply pleated tuck-and-roll seat, the simple yet elegant design of the W800 bespeaks the eternal beauty of motorcycles. Its generous use of chrome-plated and polished metals on the front-fender and other parts not only give the W800 a high-quality feel but also make its carefully finished, high-gloss surfaces glow.

Concurrently, Kawasaki will also release the W800 Special Edition of a special specification which will have its engine and other exterior parts finished in black, and wheels installed with gold-colored rims.

*A parallel twin-cylinder engine in which the cylinders are placed in an upright position.

Key Features
Engine:
- Inherits the W series traditional vertical twin, with an air-cooled, 4-stroke, parallel twin-cylinder SOHC 4-valve long-stroke engine (773 cm3) with a 360-degree crank shaft and heavy flywheels. It generates a maximum torque at 2,500rpm to provide not only strong power and control at low- and mid-range engine speeds but also a satisfying vibration and deep throb.
- Distinctive engine exterior has cylinders that run upright from the crankcase, deep cooling fins that are cut into the cylinders, and bevel gearbox mounted right of the engine. The polished and chrome-plated parts provide the kind of beautiful quality-feel that only metal can produce.
- Equipped with fuel injection. The advanced air-fuel ratio control for cleaner emissions and superior startability.
- Traditionally styled Cabton-type muffler, and superior environmental performance thanks to large honeycomb catalyzers and optimized inner construction and shape.

Chassis:
- Traditionally designed double-cradle frame has 50mm box-section pipe for the main frame, and round pipe for the downtube and seat frame. The lightweight, compact construction delivers both stability and nimble handling.
- Conventional front-fork has 39mm diameter inner tubes and is equipped with fork boots that accentuate classical styling while protecting the inner tubes and seals. The preload on the twin rear shocks is adjustable for superior road holding and a comfortable ride.
- Equipped with narrow tires and large-diameter aluminum wheels (19 inches in front, 18 inches in rear). These deliver straight line stability and comfort alongside enjoyably forgiving handling. Front 300mm single disk brake provides stable braking, while the classical 160mm rear drum brake is designed for controllability.
- Classically designed tuck-and-roll seat with deep pleats provides a soft ride, while oversized seat width and length improve passenger comfort. Fuel tank with tapered sides also makes it easier for a rider’s feet to reach the ground.
- Slim fuel tank with a beautifully designed line and carefully applied coating. Graphic conveys fine gradations and creates a beautiful look without perceptible gaps thanks to its use of water transfer decals. Kneepads on both sides of the tank not only make knee-gripping easier but also enhance the motorcycle's classical appearance.
- Chrome-plating on the front and rear fenders, mirrors, tank emblems and other parts. Incorporates various metals, including steel headlights and side covers and aluminum brake master cylinder and switch housing. High-quality feel with high-gloss surfaces that glow.

Equipment:
- Traditional analog twin speedometer and tachometer. For compactness and high-visibility, the speedometer's LCD screen displays odometer, tripmeter, and clock, while the tachometer includes indicator lights.
- U-lock and ETC (electronic toll collection) unit can be stored in space beneath seat. Convenient grab bars on either side of the seat frame make it easier for a passenger to hold and maneuver the motorcycle when parking.

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The official Japanese website is at : http://www.kawasaki-motors.com/mc/w8...00special.html

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Seems like KHI Japan offers some nice accessories, to customise the bike ... and with all the accessories, it's a Special Edition


Source : Cafe Style | W800 | Kawasaki




トラディショナルなW800にプラスアルファの魅力を―――。
カワサキが提案する“Cafe Style”は、Cafe StyleカウルCafe Styleシートを装着することで、W800の新たな世界を創り出すもの。
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  • J2003-0001(エボニー)
    メーカー希望小売価格 55,000円
    (本体価格 52,381円、消費税 2,619円)
    取付け時間0.5H


  • J53066-0332
    メーカー希望小売価格 38,000円
    (本体価格 36,190円、消費税 1,810円)


  • J2003-W800-01(エボニー)
    メーカー希望小売価格 83,000円 ※セット価格
    (本体価格 79,048円、消費税 3,952円
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Bike is launched in Australia, but haven't been able to find any online reviews as yet ...

Source : Kawasaki Motors Australia [Kawasaki.com.au] - The home of quality Motorcycle, ATV, MULE utility vehicle and JET SKI® watercraft.

KAWASAKI ADDS A NEW MODEL TO ITS LINE-UP WITH THE RELEASE OF THE 2011 W800

Posted: 2011/01/05 2:08PM



[FONT=arial]It is with great pleasure that Kawasaki announces the release of a brand new motorcycle to its comprehensive line-up, the 2011 W800. The new W800 is available now throughout the Australia wide Kawasaki dealer network at the RRP of $11,999 + ORC.[/FONT]
[FONT=arial]The new 2011 Kawasaki W800 is a true modern classic, featuring the perfect blend of classic appeal, historic roots and vintage ride feel. Visual impact from the striking Vertical Twin engine, classic proportions from a compact frame with large-diameter wheels and meticulous attention to detail give the W800 an authentic quality and classic beauty difficult to find on modern motorcycles. [/FONT]
[FONT=arial]Painstakingly sculpted forms, an abundance of steel and metal parts, and a liberal use of chrome result in a high quality machine – a worthy addition to a brand that spans 45 years.[/FONT]
[FONT=arial]The throb of the Vertical Twin engine pumping out loads of torquey feel-good power, the characteristic handling that comes from a sturdy frame with large-diameter wheels, and the throaty roar from twin exhausts were all carefully cultivated to recall the bikes of yesteryear. Modern concessions include fuel injection for clean emissions and enhanced fuel efficiency, a balancer shaft to dampen vibration and hassle-free push-button starting.[/FONT]
[FONT=arial]Available in Metallic Dark Green, the all new 2011 Kawasaki W800 is now available at your local Kawasaki dealership. To find which dealers have a test unit available, click on the demo unit list icon at www.kawasaki.com.au.[/FONT]

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The special edition in black on the top looks really drool!! (Not the one with accessories)

Always fancied a modern classic and this seems to be a very good option. If it ever comes to India.. SIGH!
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The bike looks really good with a vintage look. What would the price be?
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Old 24th January 2011, 19:57   #34
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Default Re: Retro styled Kawasaki W800 : Launched (pg 2)

@joe1980 :

My estimate of the price is on page 1 ... http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/motorb...ml#post2046392

From my post yesterday " The new W800 is available now throughout the Australia wide Kawasaki dealer network at the RRP of $11,999 + ORC "

The current AUD-INR exchange rate is AUD 1 = INR 45.

So, the W800 will be around INR 5,40,000 + charges in Australia.
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Love the black one. The Cafe style is not to my liking. If this comes to India, this sure should be a hit!
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Though it would never be a first choice, I have had a bit of a thing for the cafe racer bikes. Its a different style statement all together
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Default Re: Retro styled Kawasaki W800 : Launched (pg 2)

The first road tests of the Kawasaki W800 have appeared ...

Source : Kawasaki W800 (2011-current) - Kawasaki Motorcycle Reviews

Kawasaki W800 (2011-current)



Detail
Value New price £6,649
Engine size 773cc
Top speed 110mph


MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall
Engine
Ride & Handling
Equipment
Quality & Reliability
Value


MCN overall verdict

Our first test of Kawasaki’s new W800 suggests that Britain’s own Triumph, after for five years having things all its own way in the ‘retro roadster’ class, has a new, real rival on its hands. Not only is the Kawasaki W800 cheaper and better specced than its closest Bonneville rival, the Kawasaki’s uprated engine means there’s now no discernible performance difference either.

Engine

MCN rating Owners' rating
The two biggest updates to the Kawasaki W800 are the growth in capacity and switch to fuel injection. The Kawasaki W800’s five-mill overbore takes it up from 676cc to 773cc, and is thrummingly pleasant: brisk enough for this kind of bike and happy to cruise along at 80-90.
Think ‘middling car performance’ but with a bit of extra pep away from the lights and you won’t be far wrong. The Kawasaki W800’s new fuel-injection helps in this and is faultless: crisp, instant throttle response with nary a glitch or hiccup anywhere in its revs. There’s not much point wringing its neck, mind, as things start to tail off and get a bit breathless above 5000rpm or so.
The only other slight criticisms are that, if anything, it’s a little bit TOO civilised: a touch too soft, smooth and quiet. It really is crying out for a set of rortier pipes with which to bounce decibels off some village cottages. Overall, though, the new W800’s performance is not just adequate, it’s amazingly user-friendly both for retro fans and novices alike.


Ride and Handling

MCN rating Owners' rating
The Kawasaki W800’s handling compliments that perfectly. Its old school, upright riding position, cute, slim proportions and wide-ish bars blend seamlessly with the responsive but soft delivery to make the W800 ridiculously easy to just get on and ride.
Only when you start to push silly-hard does the single front disc start to seem inadequate (but the rear drum is sensitive and useful), the forks seem boingingly oversoft, the big 19-inch front wheel and chunky, deep-treaded, period-style Dunlop tyre seem to under-steer and scrabble a little for grip. The rest of the time it’s fine.


Equipment

MCN rating Owners' rating
The old W650 was generally considered an authentic and classily-detailed ‘reproduction’ thanks to its great-looking engine, alloy-rimmed wire wheels, proper chrome mudguards, retro-style twin dials, kickstart, knee pads etc. But the new Kawasaki W800 takes things up another level. There’s a new, more ‘ribbed’ seat and lower handlebars.
The engine’s cylinders, rear hub/drum and fork sliders are now alloy finished instead of black and there are new, improved mirrors, exhaust heat shields, a different tank badge and more. It all adds up to a gorgeously – yes really – complete and authentic machine which is simply leagues above, say, Triumph’s Bonneville.



Quality and Reliability

MCN rating Owners' rating
The Kawasaki W800 doesn’t just have the authentic specification, it’s beautifully and classily done, too: the two-tone paint is deep, the chrome good, the alloy finishes beautiful. It’s too early to pronounce on reliability yet, but on the strength of how it’s built and put together the W800 is a pretty classy act.


Value

MCN rating Owners' rating
On face value the new Kawasaki W800, seems pricey compared to the base Triumph Bonneville. But that’s not comparing like with like. In truth, the closest rival to the W800, with its wire wheels, twin dials, two-tone paint, fork gaiters and so on, is the Bonneville T100 which is actually £100 MORE and still not as well specced. On that basis, the Kawasaki W800 is decent value. Triumph should be worried.


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Model History


2011: Model launched


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Specifications

Top speed 110mph
Weight 216kg
Seat height 790mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres

Engine size 773cc
Engine specification 4v air-cooled parallel twin, six gears
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment 39mm telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Twin shocks, preload adjust
Front brakes 300mm disc, twin piston caliper
Rear brake 160mm drum
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 18

Video of the road test at http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne..._/R-EPI-129382

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While I don't think I can lay my hands on the print copy ... here's what the online edition of MCN has to say, while comparing the W with it's competitors.

Source : Kawasaki W800 is top retro - | Motorcycle News | New Motorbikes | Buyers Guides | MCN

Kawasaki W800 is top retro

By Phil West -
First rides & tests
16 March 2011 15:42

The new Kawasaki W800 has come out on top in MCN’s world first group test of the latest retro roadsters.

The new Kawasaki is essentially a revival of the old W650 which was dropped from Kawasaki’s line-up in 2006. The revived version not only boasts a larger capacity but also fuel injection for the first time and a host of cosmetic updates.

To find out how good these updates have made the new Kawasaki we pitted it against its closest rivals – Triumph’s Bonneville T100 and the Moto Guzzi V7 Classic – and it was the W800 which proved the favourite of two of our three testers.

At the end of the test MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin concluded: “Two of the three test riders placed Kawasaki’s W800 ahead of Triumph’s T100 Bonneville.

"Both gave the same reasons: a lovely bike to ride because of its comfort, styling and easy-going engine with performance to suit its style.”

For Trevor’s full test see this week’s Motorcycle News, out Wednesday March 16

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The only gripe i have against kawasaki is that couldn't they increase the capacity by 5 CCs.That would have made this a valid bike for india too.And this would have been a far far more practical bike that the base model harleys.
Also kawasaki could ride the wave of classic bike cult right now in india.They harley's are plagues by the low ground clearance and more importantly(and often overlooked) angle of LEAN.
This bike is good for the freeways of US with long sweeping corners but we have tight corners and for that we need more lean angles.

This kawasaki would have been the perfect candidate for this.Retro style + Jap reliability.
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Decent value for money bike. It looks good no doubt, but I would stick with the Bonneville for the looks.

Speaking realistically, is it possible that this is brought to India? IMO Indians are still too fairing crazy.
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Triumph is good no doubt but on the reliability stakes no one can beat the japanese.Well the number of mature riders in india is increasing day by day.Higher income packs and seeing a lot of young guys zooming around is probably driving them.Also they want a no nonsense bike.They generally don't want a "McDonald's" bike.
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The video of the comparison test referred to in my post above, can be viewed at :

Video: Kawasaki W800 vs Triumph Bonneville vs Moto Guzzi V7 Classic - | Motorbike reviews | Latest Bike Videos | MCN

Video: Kawasaki W800 vs Triumph Bonneville vs Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

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18 March 2011 12:26

The Kawasaki W800 impressed during its first ride, but how does it compare against its two closest rivals, the Triumph Bonneville and Moto Guzzi V7 Classic?
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A video walk-around of the W800 is available at :

http://www.youtube.com/v/NrvFF2Rt47M...dded&version=3

A video of MCN's test ride :

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Bike magazine UK has a print article in the May 11 issue. Preview is at :

Bike Magazine May 2011
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Although this a very high quality offering from Kawasaki, but for me its engine design just does not have a soul or retro feel, like RE or Triumph. It's shape is one big let down. The top retro classic with performance to boot, is definitely the Triumph Bonneville.
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Haven't read the rest of the discussion but if this were to be launched for 4L on-road in India you'd have to fight me to get the keys! I love a good retro big-bike which has usable torque, ability to do 130 - 140 at a relaxed RPM range and enough tank capacity and ground clearance to take it off the road a bit.

I love how it looks...I wasn't exactly spoilt for choice when I bought the MT-01 because there weren't too many options at the time. While I love the MT I think it is too big and thirsty and attention grabbing for regular casual use. Looking at pictures of the Yezdi factory and seeing the sad bikes that come out of the enfield factory these days I wonder why manufacturers aren't giving us more of these naked big twins. Easier and cheaper to make, cheaper to maintain and more fun to ride in my opinion.

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