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 773cmÂ³. The strong low-mid range torgue 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.
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 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.
Matt black exhaust – Talk softly, but speak strong. Cool matt black exhausts sound good and add subtle streetwise character.