A few years ago we averred that the Thai retro motorcycle market deserved its fair share from the Japanese. Now it is possible for the enthusiastic Thai rider to make that a reality. Kawasaki now have the Kawasaki W800 on display at showrooms across the country.
The Kawasaki W800 is the company’s modern retro with a parallel twin, air-cooled, gear driven OHC, 773cc engine. The engine is fueled by a modern fuel-injection system and sadly the W800 is not equipped with a kickstart. The Kawasaki W800 is retro style model that emulates the W-Series, three models that were produced from 1967 to 1975, which in turn were based on the British BSA A7.
At 217 kilograms, the W800 is not exactly the ballerina of motorcycles but it does not compromise on grace. In any case, when considered in conjunction with the 773cc parallel-twin engine that makes 48 horsepower at 6,500rpm and 60Nm torque at a lowly 2,500rpm, weight will be the last thing to weigh on your mind. The W800 is equipped with a five-speed transmission; a match made in heaven.
The Kawasaki price for the motorcycle is 395,000 THB and is available in two colors Metallic Ocean Blue and Ebony Black. The Metallic Ocean Blue version comes with white fuel tank sides and the special W-logo on both sides, which refers to the W1-model from the ‘60 and ‘70s.