773 cm3 air-cooled Vertical Twin engine
The long-stroke engine tuned for low-mid range performance delivers plenty of torquey feel-good power.
Strong low-mid range torque peaks at 2,000 rpm.
The rich engine character and strong low-end response enhance the unhurried pleasure derived from riding a classic motorcycle.
Fuel injection ensures clean, efficient, hassle-free operation.
A single 300 mm front disc brake offers sure stopping power.
At the rear, a 160 mm drum brake complements the simple, uncluttered design of the W800’s rear end.
Historic roots: Kawasaki’s original W
The W1, which debuted in 1966, was the largest-displacement Japanese model of its time and marked Kawasaki’s first step in becoming a manufacturer of large-displacement motorcycles.
Lightweight double-cradle frame
Chassis concept follows the overall design criteria for simplicity, functionality and elegance. The lightweight double-cradle frame uses a sturdy, 50 mm square-section backbone to give the W800 a very stable ride quality and compact overall design.
Telescopic front fork and dual rear shock absorbers
Traditionally styled telescopic front fork features stiff, 39 mm tubes and easily soaks up bumps on well-travelled city streets.
Dual rear shock absorbers are adjustable for spring preload and offer a smooth ride and clean look.
In addition to contributing to the bike’s elegant proportions, 19" front and 18" rear wheels give the W800 its classic handling: a fine balance of relaxed, light turning and straight-line stability. The large front wheel especially contributes a characteristic unhurried steering feeling.