Kawasaki W800 Street classic bike has been launched in India for Rs 7.99 lakh ex-showroom, will rival Street Twin
Kawasaki W800 Street has been launched for a price tag of Rs 7.99 lakh ex-showroom. The bike is launched in street variant with just one color on offer- metallic flat spark black/metallic matte graphite grey.
The W800 is the successor to the Kawasaki’s W series of bikes, these bikes were inspired from the British vertical twin standard motorcycles such as BSA. But as you cannot buy the BSAs in India, for that matter, you can now get your hands on the all-new Kawasaki W800 Street vertical twin.
As you might ask, What is actually a vertical-twin? Vertical-twin is basically a parallel-twin engine with both the pistons rising and falling at the same time. More conventional crank is either a 180-degree unit or even better 270 degrees.
Not to forget, the new W800 Street uses old-gen bevel gear cam drive instead of more conventional chain cam drive. This makes the bike quite unique, also this bevel sam drive produces more heat. This system was in use with the old Ducatis too.
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Kawasaki W800 Street is powered by an air-cooled, 773cc, fuel-injected engine. This powerplant is good enough to deliver 47.5bhp at 6500rpm and 62.9Nm torque at 4,800rpm. The motor is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Don’t feel that bike would be slow, it can do 0 to 100 kmph in 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 170 kmph. The W800 can become a good highway tourer.
One must understand the fact that this is a true classic motorcycle and not just any bike with classic design and modern engine and powertrain. Speaking about the design, the bike gets minimalistic design language. Small front and rear fenders including fuel tank are painted in the color code whereas rest of the things are blacked out chassis parts.
In terms of the instrument cluster, the bike offers just speedometer and tachometer with an odometer. There is no fuel gauge too, all you have got is low fuel warning lamp. We won’t end here, the W800 also has some modern-day features such as LED headlamp as well as a slipper clutch.
Suspension systems are 41 mm front forks and rear twin shock absorbers. The braking performance comes from 320 mm disc brake at the front and 270 mm at the rear end. Oh, there is ABS too, so that you don’t slip under hard braking.
At Rs 7.99 lakh, the W800 seems more expensive than what a brand-new Triumph Street Twin is priced at. Street Twin carries a price tag of Rs 7.45 lakh which makes it Rs 55,000 cheaper than the W800.
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