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Old 26th July 2019, 20:52   #1
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Default Kawasaki W800 Street launched at Rs 7.99 lakh

Kawasaki has launched the long-awaited W800 in India. The bike is priced at Rs. 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom).

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26 July 2019

India Kawasaki Motors Pvt. Ltd. (IKM) announces, the 1966’s successor – the all new Kawasaki W800 STREET is IKM’s latest addition to our retro line-up of motorcycles increasing our product width. The W800 STREET will be available in one colour – Metallic Flat spark black/Metallic Matte Graphite grey at an ex-showroom price of INR 7,99,000/-.

‘W’ Evolution: W1 was the largest-displacement Japanese model at times in the market, and played a major part in establishing the image of Kawasaki as a manufacturer of large-displacement motorcycles, and is the foundation of W series. The W series made its presence in the Kawasaki family, and inspired the birth of the legendary machines such as the Kawasaki Z1 and Ninja H2 sportbikes. The novel design was a bold statement, in stark contrast to the subdued tones of other Japanese motorcycles. With the W1, Kawasaki gained worldwide recognition as a big-bike manufacturer.

IKM brings “W800 STREET” for Indian market to allow customer feel the same heritage of old times in aggregation with sense of pride of ownership, with high-quality detailed touches like its many solid-looking metal parts, and a unique engine pulse that is matched to a satisfying exhaust note, resulting in a fun-to-ride machine. The sleek sweeping contours and meticulous fit and finish of the W800 STREET has redefined the standards of motorcycle design. The motorcycle is developed for riders who are in search for not only rich in history and character, but also packed with modern technology and handling features, the W800 STREET is powered by an air-cooled 773cc vertical twin engine, and feature an updated modern double-cradle frame design and modern suspension components that bring an unmatched level of authenticity and performance to the retro motorcycle category.

Highlights of 20MY W800 STREET are:
  • Iconic W1 Inspired Styling
  • Comfortable Riding Position
  • 773cc Air-Cooled Vertical Twin Engine
  • Crafted exhaust note emphasising 360º crankshaft
  • Kawasaki Advanced Dynamic Analysis Designed Frame
  • Round LED headlamp
  • Lightweight Sporty Handling
  • Assist & Slipper Clutch
  • Sculpted fuel tank
  • Elegant muffler design

W800 STREET in India will entice all the retro lovers of country who prefer- in day simply riding a big bike is enough to turn heads and earn the respect of fellow riders and pedestrians alike. For riders who prefer a leisurely ride, with the throbbing pulse and throaty roar of an air-cooled Vertical Twin engine, W800 STREET will be a proper select and will fulfil the thrust of masculinity.

Kawasaki motorcycles possess both power and grace so are often recognised as being different to other bikes. This results from certain guiding principles adopted at the design stage. Rideology is Kawasaki’s rider-centric development philosophy focused on how the riding experience offered by a Kawasaki is crafted, ensuring that our machines are fun to ride and rewarding to control. This approach has been the force behind many of our legendary machines, and in our pursuit of all possibilities it will continue to guide the future creation of Kawasaki motorcycles.

We expect W800 STREET will propel the retro riders to enjoy the Kawasaki’s legacy of 60’s and who are waiting for good things to happen, now can contact their nearest Kawasaki dealers for booking related information or send a booking enquiry on the website of India Kawasaki Motors.

Premium features are:
  • Large diameter front fork, dual rear shock absorber
  • ø 320mm front disc, ø 270mm rear disc
  • Aluminium spoke wheels
  • Relaxed vintage style riding position
  • 5 way adjustable clutch lever, 4 way adjustable brake lever
  • Simple design for Customizable front fender
  • Retro style instrument panel.
  • 2 analog dial of speedometer and tachometer
  • Multifunctional LCD screen.
  • Compact switch gears
  • Twin exhaust with elegant construction.

New W800 STREET will be introduced in one colour, Metallic flat spark black/Metallic matte graphite grey, with a launching price tag of 7,99,000/-. Customers can book New W800 STREET at the authorized dealership of IKM and customers can expect the delivery of the bike by mid of August 2019. As this bike will be produced in limited numbers in first lot, the bookings will be closed after reaching targeted numbers.

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An air cooled 770cc engine, I have my doubts whether it will hold up in the Indian summers. A minimalist and cool retro looking bike. Price is a tad bit on the expensive side considering that there is almost no tech in it and it is competing directly with the Triumph Street Twin.
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Price is a tad bit on the expensive side considering that there is almost no tech in it and it is competing directly with the Triumph Street Twin.
Kawasaki probably waited way too long on this - the rumours have been going around since 2010.

It is still a beautiful machine with as much old school tech as possible in this day and age, and authentic heritage - but I doubt if there is any market left for it, at all - especially post the RE 650 twins revolution.
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The W800 (on specs) seems as basic as the RE 650 twins - but priced too high compared to even Kawasaki India standards (considering all their other offerings). Even in comparison to the Triumph Bonneville, it may be cheaper - but not as VFM or specced. I am sure this will go the Z900RS way with very low (probably single digit) sales.
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Looks neat to me, perfect for local commuting but at a price. Let's reserve our views till we see in the flesh

They have a W Heritage site-

https://www.kawasaki-cp.khi.co.jp/w/index_e.html

If we compare International pricing of z900rs vs w800, the difference is more like 30 % whereas here it's priced around half of Z900.

https://www.kawasaki.ca/product/z900rs

https://www.kawasaki.ca/product/w800-street

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If we compare International pricing of z900rs vs w800, the difference is more like 30 % whereas here it's priced around half of Z900.
Z900RS is ridiculously priced in India, and an exception in the India Kawasaki lineup, being a CBU.

Pricing is along expected lines if we compare the regular Z900, which is placed almost parallel to the W800 in International markets. But there may not be a market at this price still.

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A clean slate and no nonsense design. However, they are extremely late to the party.
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Z900RS is ridiculously priced in India, and an exception in the India Kawasaki lineup, being a CBU.
Correct but CBU Made in Japan and not Thailand as Imports from Thailand are cheaper than domestic production since last budget.

Do you think they will have enough volumes for CKD production of W800 or are they getting this from Thailand?

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Correct but CBU Made in Japan and not Thailand as Imports from Thailand are cheaper than domestic production since last budget.

Do you think they will have enough volumes for CKD production of W800 or are they getting this from Thailand?
Should be Thailand CKD - this will be a very niche product - considering RE650 pricing
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I don't see any compelling reason to choose this over the RE 650 twins, which retail at less than half the price. Heck, one can get the Intterceptor AND the GT and still have leftover change for fuel for the price of one of these. And in terms of capability, there wont be much to choose.
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The Z900RS was the real deal. That was a great opportunity lost by Kawasaki. If only they had launched that bike at a sub 10L price tag, they would have had another winner on their hands...

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Pretty looking, basic and so over priced! This should have priced near the Ninja650 as an alternative. Retro = pricey is some crazy logic that Kawasaki has here.
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The Z900RS was the real deal. That was a great opportunity lost by Kawasaki. If only they had launched that bike at a sub 10L price tag, they would have had another winner on their hands...

Cheers.

True that! What a beautiful looking motorcycle it is along with the bullet proof reliability of a modern japanese engine. I'm just hoping an irritated Dealer owner lets one off at half the price! Haha!
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Bike looks drool-worthy but is over-priced. The heart wants this, but mind backs out. In fact, the Interceptor should be available in such Matte Black finish.

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I don't see any compelling reason to choose this over the RE 650 twins, which retail at less than half the price
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Pretty looking, basic and so over priced! This should have priced near the Ninja650 as an alternative.

Very true. I still don't understand how Kawasaki can price the N650 so fantastically and then really screw-up everything else.
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