2019 W800 Café

  • The 2019 Kawasaki W800 was unveiled at EICMA 2018.

  • Kawasaki claims the bike is 90% new.

  • It is offered in Street and Café variants.

There were many cries of disbelief when the W800 was axed in 2016. But mourn no more as the 2019 Kawasaki W800 broke cover at EICMA 2018.

The previous model was dropped as it did not comply with the Euro4 emission standard.

Launched back in 2011, the W800 replaced the W650. They were considered ahead of time, before the modern retro revolution. However, Kawasaki dealers were without a modern-retro when production stopped. Compared to the Z900RS and Z900RS Café, the W800 was a “true” classic and was a cheaper option.

Kawasaki says the 2019 bike is 90% all-new. The engine remains a 773cc, air-cooled, SOHC parallel-Twin, though. Its most distinguishing feature is the bevel gear operated cam, like old-fashioned Ducatis. The crank is 360o(both pistons rise and fall together), instead of the traditional 180o(one piston up, the other down) or more contemporary 270o. Power output is 47bhp. A slipper clutch connects the engine to a five-speed gearbox.

Rolling stock consists of 41mm forks and twin rear shocks. A rear disc brake is new.

The 2019 Kawasaki W800 is offered in two forms. The Street is a “standard”-type modern-retro. The Café is a café racer complete with a headlamp cowling, lowered handlebar, solo-type seat.

Modern equipment include LED headlight, multifunction LCD screens in dual round gauges, and standard ABS.


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