The Kawasaki W800 traces its origins back to the BSA A7 (popularly known as Shooting Star).
A unit of the Kawasaki W800 has been placed on display at the company's dealership in Pune. Currently in its Final Edition, the Kawasaki W800 will be discontinued in many global markets by the end of this year.
The retro styled motorcycles has been immensely successful, be it in Asian or European markets. The Kawasaki W800 was introduced back in 2007 as a replacement of the W650. The unit spotted in Pune is not the Final Edition and is the standard version available on sale in Europe and a few Asian nations. The lack of blackened engine parts and logo on the fuel tank confirm the same.
The traditional instrumentation consists of two dials, one housing the speedo and one the tachometer. A multifunctional LCD screen gets the odometer, trip meter and clock. The clutch lever is adjustable via 5 presets while front brake gets 4 slots. The Kawasaki W800 measures 2,190 mm in length, 790 mm in width and 1,075 mm. The bike has a ground clearance of 125 mm and the seat height is 790 mm.
The Kawasaki W800 is propelled by a 773 cc air cooled, fuel injected, vertical twin mill with dual 34 mm throttle body. Coupled with a 5-speed gearbox, the engine is capable of producing 48 PS of maximum power at 6,500 rpm and 60 Nm of peak torque at 2,500 rpm. The bike is suspended over 39 mm telescopic forks in the front and twin shocks in the rear with 5-way adjustable spring preload with twin shocks.
The catch though is that the powertrain is only Euro 3 compliant and Kawasaki has decided against upgrading it. With India too shifting to BSIV norms, it remains to be seen what the role of the W800 is.