Kawasaki India is likely to launch the 2019 MY version of the retro motorcycle W800 sooner in coming months. Earlier, the part of Indian lineup, the motorcycle was discontinued globally in 2016 thanks to not being complied with the Euro-IV emission norms. However, the motorcycle has marked its presence in an improved avatar globally at the EICMA Motor Show 2018 in Milan, Italy. We expect for similar model in our product lineup in the coming months.
The Kawasaki W800 is a successor of the brand’s W series motorcycles with a vertical-twin engine. It is all similar to a parallel-twin engine though with a different firing order. In this association where the crank is 360 degrees both the piston will follow the mechanism of rise and fall together. On the other hand, the conventional 180 degrees works simultaneously one piston goes up, the other down. With such different firing order, the Kawasaki motorcycles not only sounds unique but also offers a low-mid range torque for which they are globally acknowledged.
Infact, the vertical-twin motor in the W800 is a 773cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC unit. In association with a 5-speed gearbox, the one-of-a-kind engine is capable of churning out the maximum power of 47.5hp at 6,500rpm and 62.9Nm of peak torque at 4,800rpm.
The major highlights of the upcoming W800 includes minimalistic front and rear fenders, a flat single seat, oval shape fuel tank unit and a lots of blacked out bits instead of retro chrome components. The instrument cluster on the motorcycle is a twin-pod unit which gives the information of only rev counts and speed. Other than this, the console misses out on a fuel gauge but offers a reserve fuel light to aware rider for fueling.
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It is also equipped with a host of modern-day features such as an LED headlight, slipper clutch, large 320mm front and 270mm rear disc with ABS facility. The suspension setup on the motorcycle comprises a 41mm telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers. While it runs on 18 inch wheels at both ends.
Internationally, the Kawasaki offers the W800 in two variant of the Street and Cafe. While, the manufacturing for motorcycle takes place in Thailand. Here in India, the motorcycle will hit the dealerships via CKD route.
In its segment, the W800 will see competition with the rivals like the Triumph Street Twin, the Royal Enfield 650 models and Kawasaki Vulcan S as well depending upon the finalised price sticker. Still, the 2019 Kawasaki W800 is expected to carry the price tag around INR 6 lakh and launch by August 2018.