India Kawasaki Motors (IKM) expands its product portfolio with the launch of yet another retro-styled offering. The new W800 Street which now comes to India, plays an important role in Kawasaki’s ‘W Series’ and pays homage to the original W1 of 1966.
Bookings have opened for the new Kawasaki W800 Street at all company showrooms while deliveries are set to commence from mid August. The Kawasaki W800 Street is the company’s second retro offering in India after the Z900RS. However, W800 will come in from Japan via the semi-knocked down kits unlike the Z900RS which was brought in as a CBU. The bike will be assembled at the company’s plant in Chakan near Pune.
Kawasaki W800 Street is a retro bike and is inspired by the Kawasaki W1. It is being offered in a single variant and sports a solo colour scheme of metallic flat spark black/metallic matte graphite grey.
It gets a twin pod analog instrument cluster, 18” aluminum spoke wheels fitted with narrow section 100/90-18 front and 130/80-18 rear tyres and chrome finished exhaust pipes. It is positioned on Kawasaki Advanced Dynamic Analysis Designed Frame and gets a rounded LED headlamp, sculpted fuel tank and an elegant muffler design. It offers lightweight and sporty handling and a relaxed vintage style riding position.
Engine specifications on the Kawasaki W800 Street include a 773 cc air cooled, parallel twin engine offering 47 PS power at 6,500 rpm and 62.9 Nm torque at 4,800 rpm mated to a 5 speed gearbox. It gets Slip and Assist Clutch while dual channel ABS is offered as standard. Braking is via a single 320mm disc in the front and 270mm rear disc while it also gets suspension via 41mm telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers.
The W800 measures 2,190mm in length, 790mm in width and 1,075mm in height. It gets ground clearance of 125mm, seat height of 790mm and kerb weight of 217 kgs. Fuel tank is of 14 liter capacity offering fuel efficiency of 22.7 kmpl while the engine offers a top speed of 177 kmph.
Priced at Rs.7.99 lakhs, Kawasaki W800 Street rivals Bonneville T100 where design is concerned. But where price is concerned, it is a more closer rival to the Triumph Street Twin. Both these Triumph motorcycles have seen good sales in India. Kawasaki India also aims to get good sales of W800 Street. As the bike will be produced in limited units for the first lot, the bookings will close once these numbers are achieved.