Kawasaki W800 could be the next big thing in the company’s Indian lineup as they currently have one product in all possible superbike segments. The motorcycle is expected to launch next month and offers relaxed riding like the Triumph Bonneville series. Not just that, the W800 can be a great alternative for those who feel Z900 RS to be overpriced for an engine size of less than 1000cc.
Internationally, the W800 is available in street and cafe guise while Indian market could get the first one and those looking for cafe racer can get the accessories to compensate. The engine on the W800 is totally different than all other options in the Kawasaki lineup.
The 773cc twin-cylinder engine is good for 48 HP at 6000 rpm and 62.9 Nm at 4800 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox. The engine is focused on relaxed riding while the Street version of the motorcycle weighs 221kg. The 1465mm of wheelbase guarantees impressive everyday riding character, further improving the way city-riding is imagined by Indian superbike owners. The seat height stands at 770mm and the retro motorcycle offers 15-litre fuel carrying capacity. The front 100/90-18 and rear 130/80-18 tyres are not just good in terms of traction but, also brings the cost of ownership down for sure once a replacement set is considered.
The most powerful factor would be the price for Kawasaki W800, which is expected to fall around INR 7-8 lakh (ex-showroom). The Bonneville series is great for this price but, buyers looking for Japanese reliability and cost of ownership will consider Kawasaki for sure. The W800 Street offers 320mm front and 270mm rear disc brake with ABS for maximum braking efficiency. The styling is derived from the W-series motorcycles of the past few decades and comfortable seats make sure that both rider and pillion enjoy every single ride to the max.