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 45 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 torque enhances the unhurried pleasure of the vintage ride.
Black engine parts - Contrast and compare. The W800 Special Edition shines thanks to an air-cooled black vertical twin engine and clever highlights. Iconic bevel-gear-driven cam adds classic beauty to the engine.
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.
Wheel rims - Black anodised style wheel rims, just one subtle way the W800 Special Edition stands apart from the crowd
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.
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.
Matt black exhaust - Talk softly, but speak strong. Cool matt black exhausts sound good and add subtle streetwise character.
Type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin
Displacement: 773 cm³
Bore and Stroke: 77 x 83.0 mm
Compression ratio: 8.4:1
Valve system: SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system: Fuel injection: Ø 34 mm x 2 with sub-throttles
Lubrication: Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission: 5-speed, return
Final drive: Chain
Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual
Type: Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Front: 100/90-19M/C (57H)
Rear: 130/80-18M/C (66H)
Front: 39 mm telescopic fork
Rear: Twin shocks with 5-way adjustable preload (Adjustable ride height)
Front: Single 300 mm disc
Caliper: Dual piston
Rear: Drum, 160mm
Overall length: 2,190 mm
Overall width: 790 mm
Overall height: 1,075 mm
Wheelbase: 1,465 mm
Ground clearance: 125 mm
Seat height: 790 mm
Curb mass: 217 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity: 14 litres
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