2020 Kawasaki W800

The Original Icon

starting from £8,499

Like the W800 Street and W800 Cafe, the W800 is a motorcycle that appeals to a wide range of riders, offering easy handling and a high level of craftsmanship (kodawari). But of the three modernised retro models, the W800 is the truest to the looks and feel of the original W, allowing riders to understand the pleasure and pride of riding a machine from the 60's. With the arrival of the W800, riders in search of a taste of history can now enjoy three flavours of W.

Key Features

Traditional Instrumentation

Separate speedometer and tachometer are complemented by a simple LCD screen and a complete set of indicator lamps.

Greater Stopping Power

Stronger stopping power comes care of a larger-diameter ø320 mm front disc paired with a ø270 mm rear disc

Iconic 773 cm3 Vertical Twin Engine

Long-stroke engine tuned for low-mid range performance delivers plenty of torquey feel-good power. The rich engine pulse reminds riders that they are piloting a Twin engine machine. Fuel injection delivers clean, efficient, hassle-free operation.

Round LED Headlamp

A blend of retro and modern designs, the large ø170 mm LED headlamp casts a bright, white light for great night-time visibility. It features six chambers (four for low-beam, two for high-beam). Position lamps in the highbeam chambers ensure the whole lamp appears lit, like a retro-style bulb headlamp. Details like a convex lens and chromed headlamp ring add to the high-quality, classic design.

18" Front & Rear Spoked Wheels

While maintaining the vintage ride feel of a true classic machine, 18" wheels both front and rear contribute to handling slightly sportier than that of the original W800.

Sculpted Fuel Tank

The voluptuous curves of the fuel tank naturally draw the eye, making it another key styling element. Its larger volume gives it more presence, creating a more powerful impression than its predecessor.

Low Profile Seat

Long, low-profile tuck & roll seat has plenty of room for the W800 Street rider and passenger. Urethane at the front of the seat was shaped to facilitate the reach to the ground. Piping around the edge of the seat adds to the retro image.

Enhanced Suspension

A larger diameter front fork with stiffer springs, more rigid lower triple-clamp and stiffer rear shock complement the more rigid new frame.

Classic Upright Riding Style

W800 Street's classic upright-style handlebar brings the riders hands up and back in a position reminiscent of the W1.

Crafted Exhaust Note Emphasising 360º Crankshaft

The twin mufflers were carefully tuned to bring out the characteristic note of the Vertical Twin’s 360o crankshaft engine configuration, a configuration maintained from Kawasaki’s original W – creating a hearty roar to complement every twist of the throttle.

Technology

ERGO-FIT


ERGO-FIT is an interface system that allows a wide range of riders to feel at one with their machine. Genuine Kawasaki Accessories may need to be purchased for certain Ergo Fit adjustments.

ABS


ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.

Assist & Slipper Clutch


Based on racing technology, the Assist & Slipper Clutch acts as both a back-torque limiter and a self-servo mechanism that enables a lighter clutch lever pull.

A2 Compliant with powerdown kit (EURO 4)


This version can also be adjusted to provide a maximum of 35kw to comply with A2 restrictions and the needs of motorcycle training schools.

Specification

Engine

Engine Type Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin
Displacement 773 cm³
Bore x stroke 77 x 83 mm
Compression ratio 8.4:1
Valve system SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 34 mm x 2
Ignition Digital
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Brakes & Suspension

Brakes, front Single 320 mm disc. Caliper: Twin-piston
Brakes, rear Single 270 mm disc. Caliper: Twin-piston
Suspension, front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Twin shocks with spring preload adjustability
Performance & Transmission

Maximum power 35 kW {48 PS} / 6,000 rpm
Maximum torque 62.9 N•m {6.4 kgf•m} / 4,800 rpm
Transmission 5-speed
Final drive Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear Ratios 1st/th> 2.353 (40/17)
Gear Ratios 2nd/th> 1.591 (35/22)
Gear Ratios 3rd/th> 1.240 (31/25)
Gear Ratios 4th/th> 1.000 (28/28)
Gear Ratios 5th/th> 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio/th> 2.467 (37/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions

Frame type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Trail 108 mm
Wheel travel front 130 mm
Wheel travel rear 107 mm
Tyre, front 100/90-19M/C 57H
Tyre, rear 130/80-18M/C 66H
Steering angle, left / right 37° / 37°
L x W x H 2,190 x 790 x 1,075 mm
Wheelbase 1,465 mm
Ground clearance 125 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 790 mm
Curb mass 221 kg