Kawasaki W800: A retro classic from Kawasaki

The W800 is a successor to the manufacturer’s W series models that were mimics of British vertical-twin standard motorcycles. What a vertical-twin is basically, is a parallel-twin with a firing order that is different. The W-series happens to be the most modern classic range of motorcycles that had received some major updates in 2018. The Kawasaki W800 Street rivals the likes of the Triumph Bonneville.


Packed neatly within the frame is a 773cc, single-cylinder engine that produces 48bhp and 62.9Nm of torque. The motor is air-cooled and comes paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Kawasaki W800 is BSIV-compliant.


The Kawasaki W800 looks like one of those typical modern classic motorcycles. The styling cues are that of a traditional classic bike. It gets a round headlight at the front, a large, rounded fuel tank, twin pea-shooter exhausts, wire-spoke wheels, lots of chrome touches, a single-piece seat, a blacked-out engine and a triangular tail light cluster with a pair of clear lens indicators. The bike’s design is inspired by the 1966 Kawasaki W1. Both the fenders are minimalistic, but the rear fender does not curve downwards. The twin-pod instrument cluster features a rev counter, a speedometer and a reserve-fuel light. In terms of dimensions, the W800 is 2135mm in length, 925mm in width and 1120mm in height. The W800’s engine uses a bevel system to drive the vertical twin’s SOHC, 8-valve head. Thanks to fuel injection, performance is impressive. Power delivery is linear, making it perfectly suitable for city conditions. Twist the throttle, and the motor picks up pace effortlessly. As you run through the rev range, the twin’s 360-degree crank gives out some mild vibrations that aren’t an issue at all. The gearbox works very smoothly, and the clutch has a torque-assist function that helps lighten the lever. At 221kgs, the bike’s weight is manageable. The ground clearance, on the other hand, is 130mm, while the bike has a wheelbase of 1465mm and a seat height of 770mm.


The Kawasaki W800 has a fuel tank capacity of 15 litres. In terms of mileage, the bike is capable of returning 15kmpl by ARAI, in BSIV guise.

Mechanical Parts

The W800’s handlebar is placed in such a way that it allows for an upright seating posture. The tuck-and-roll seat is spacious and there’s plenty of space for the rider and passenger. The upright handlebar and flat seat make it a great commuter for the city. The overall ergonomics and comfort make it an ideal everyday bike, which means you can make the most of its vintage appeal without having to put up with any issues you’d face with an old bike. The 19-inch front wheel feels light to steer, and the bike feels agile. The W800 is a hoot to ride, and despite its weight, it feels effortless to ride. The bike loves to corner as well and encourages you use more of the throttle. At the front, the bike rides on telescopic forks, while the rear gets twin shocks with spring preload adjustability. As far as the chassis is concerned, it is built around a double-cradle high-tensile steel frame. The W800 runs on 100/90-18 tyres at the front and 130/80-18 tyres at the rear. Retardation duties are taken care of by disc brakes at the front and at the rear.


The bike comes loaded with a slew of features like an LED tail light, ABS, pass light switch, engine kill switch, wire-spoke wheels, analogue instrument cluster and electric start.


The Kawasaki W800 is available in one shade like Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphite Grey. Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphite Grey is certainly a colour that is bound to be a favourite among young riders.


Feel free to step into a showroom or browse through the company’s website to know all the necessary details on the bike. It will help you with details that cover specifications, colours and accessory options.

Prices and Variants

The Kawasaki W800 is available in one variant: W800 Street for ₹ 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For further details and the on-road price of the bike, you can head to autoX.

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