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2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTED: AWESOME

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:14 am

2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition

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2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition Review


Dark and interesting, the W800 Special Edition mixes matt and gloss black surfaces with gold anodised style rims, detail features and subtle highlights into an intoxicating cocktail.

Back to the future, the new W800 Special Edition delivers a classic blend of retro style with up the minute technology. Drawing fans of all ages, the quality and W heritage of the air-cooled parallel twin shine through.

Classic Beauty + Vintage Ride Feel + Historic Roots

The W800 Special Edition is the result of a thorough pursuit of the beauty and ride feel posessed by vintage notorcycles.

It offers a rare beauty care of components meticulously crafted down to the smallest detail, as well as a feeling of authentic quality that can only come from using metal parts. The throb of the air-cooled Vertical Twin engine and the distinct handling character that comes with large-diameter wheels recalls the ride feel of machines from an older generation, gone but not forgotten.

The W800 Special Edition, in both looks and feel, pays homage to Kawasaki's legendary W1, the model that started a brand that spans 45 years.


Classic Beauty

Beautiful Appearance Care of Meticulously Sculpted Forms-Visual impact from air-cooled Vertical Twin engine with iconic bevel-gear- driven-cam- Classic image from well-balanced chassis with large-diameter wheels- Meticulous attention to detail- Simple yet elegant muffler design


Metal Parts

Add Radiance and Authentic Quality- Metal parts used in favour of plastic throughout- Deep chrome and buffed engine covers add to high-quality finish- Even small parts are formed of blacked-out aluminium- Corrosion-resistant parts ensure lasting beauty.


Vintage Ride Feel


Vertical Twin Engine Rich in Character- Loads of feel-good pulse from an engine displacing 773 cm3 - Unique pulse care of a 360° crankshaft- Maximum torque at 2,500 rpm- Strong low-mid range torque enhances unhurried pleasure of a Vintage Ride- Heavy flywheel contributes to the strong torque feeling in the low-mid range- Now with fuel injection.






2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition Features and Benefits
All the great features of the W800 plus:

Wheel rims - Gold style anodising, just one subtle way the W800 Special Edition stands apart from the crowd


Black engine parts - Contrast and compare. The W800 Special Edition shines thanks to a black engine and clever highlights

Matt black exhaust - Talk softly, but speak strong. Cool matt black exhausts sound good and add subtle streetwise character.



Emblem on tank - The look of love. Every time you look down you can see the unique Kawasaki Special Edition logo




Vertical Twin Rich in Character

The W800 Special Edition produces loads of feel-good pulse from the Vertical Twin engine displacing 773cm3. The strong low-mid range torgue enhances the unhurried pleasure of the vintage ride.

Electronic Fuel Injection

The W800 Special Edition features a fuel injection system that does not take away from the vintage look of the motorcycle.

Historic Roots

The W800 Special Edition is the latest model in a brand that spans 45 years with Kawasaki's original W1 debuting in 1966. It was the largest displacement Japanese model of its time.

Metal...Not Plastic!

Metal parts are used in favour of plastic throughout the W800 Special Edition. Corrosion-resistant parts have also been used to ensure lasting beauty.


Large Diameter Wheels

The 19" front and 18" rear wheels add to the classic appearance of the W800 Special Edition. The 19" front provides that classic handling feel with a fine balance of relaxed, light turning and straight line stability.

Seat

Long, comfortable seat with thick, ribbed padding has plenty of room for rider and passenger. Urethane at the front of the seat is shaped to facilitate the reach to the ground. Piping around the edge of the seat follows the line between the rider and passenger's legs to ensure it does not cut into the rider's thighs when at a halt.


Details

As much as possible, plastic was eschewed in favour of metal. The result is a feeling of authentic quality that can only be obtained from the solid feel of metal parts.


"W" styling

Voluptuous fuel tank finished in high-quality paint contributes to the W800 Special Edition's aura of functional elegance.
Newly designed tank emblems, finished in chrome, contribute to the high quality appearance.


Adjustable levers

5-way adjustable clutch lever and 4-way adjustable brake lever enable riders to fine-tune lever span.


Front brake

Single 300 mm front disc brake offers sure stopping power.


Large headlamp

Large headlamp is offset wonderfully by the speedometer and tachometer and simple console.


Elegant muffler design

Simple, elegant muffler design comprises smooth curves and long, straight lines.
Peashooter-style silencers with slim chambers and long tailpipes add a vintage touch.


Instrumentation

Traditional instrumentation includes individual speedometer and tachometer with classic display. A multi-function LCD screen incorporates an odometer, tripmeter, and clock. A full range of indicator lamps includes an FI warning lamp, dual turn signal indicators, low fuel level indicator, high beam indicator, neutral indicator, and oil pressure warning lamp.


Classic-styled Engine

"Building a beautiful engine" was a key concept when designing the air-cooled Vertical Twin. The classic-styled engine is lightweight, simple and a joy to behold. Iconic bevel-gear-driven cam adds beauty to the cylinder head while contributing to the engine's classical appearance.


Rear shock absorbers

Dual rear shock absorbers, adjustable for spring preload, offer a smooth ride and clean look.


Traditionally styled front fork

Traditionally styled front fork uses rubber gaitors to protect the fork tubes and ensure long fork seal life. Outer tubes have a buffed finish, which contributes to the light looking front end.


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2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - UK/European Specifications/Technical Details

Engine

Fuel system
Fuel injection:?34 mm x 2 with sub-throttles

Ignition
Digital

Starting
Electric

Lubrication
Forced lubrication, wet sump

Engine type
Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin

Displacement
773 cm³

Bore x stroke
77.0 x 83.0 mm

Compression ratio
8.4:1

Valve/Induction system
SOHC, 8 valves
Transmission

Clutch
Wet multi-disc, manual

Primary reduction ratio
2.095 (88/42)

Gear ratios: 1st
2.353 (40/17)

Gear ratios: 2nd
1.590 (35/22)

Gear ratios: 3rd
1.240 (31/25)

Gear ratios: 4th
1.000 (28/28)

Gear ratios: 5th
0.851 (23/27)

Final reduction ratio
2.467 (37/15)

Transmission
5-speed, return

Final Drive
Chain
Frame

Frame type
Double-cradle, high-tensile steel

Rake/Trail
27° / 108 mm

Wheel travel, front
130 mm

Wheel travel, rear
105 mm

Tyre, front
100/90-19M/C 57H

Tyre, rear
130/80-18M/C 66H

Steering angle, left / right
37° / 37°
Suspension

Suspension, front
39 mm telescopic fork

Suspension, rear
Twin shocks
Type: Twin shocks
Spring preload: 5-way
Brakes

Brakes, front
Type: Single 300 mm disc
Caliper: Twin-piston

Brakes, rear
Type: Drum, 160 mm
Dimensions

Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,180 x 790 x 1,075 mm

Ground Clearance
125 mm

Wheelbase
1,465 mm

Seat height
790 mm

Fuel capacity
14 litres

Curb Mass
216 kg
Performance

Maximum power
35 KW (48 PS) / 6,500 rpm

Maximum torque
60 Nm (6.1 kgf-m) / 2,500 rpm
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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:30 am

In case you are thinking... "Man, I'd like one of those!", it's not available in North America as of yet... but if the response is positive here and Kawasaki does read this forum, then maybe...
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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:45 am

I love this bike, but hate this colour - therefore I can only give the "special edition" a cool rating...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by rayian » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:06 pm

I guess I'm a retro kind of guy cause for me this bike is freakin awesome all the way.


By the way, the link at the top of the page is for the wrong bike.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by ceemes » Fri Dec 02, 2011 6:55 pm

It's retro, and I like the colour scheme, plus there is something about those old parallel twins with peashooter silencers...it just screams awesome to me....I'd buy one in a heart beat...if I had the pennies and it was available here.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by jstark47 » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:36 pm

The old W650 that was only sold here for one year (2001) was cool. I guess this bike would be pretty cool if it was for sale here..... :humm:
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Unread post by ZRex » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:16 pm

Although I can't buy one, I still have to vote Awesome, I just love the looks of it. I do wish it had the (backup) kick starter like the W650 had, I would probably not use it much but, there is just something cool about kicking an engine to life (I grew up on dirtbikes).

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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:43 pm

rayian wrote:I guess I'm a retro kind of guy cause for me this bike is freakin awesome all the way.


By the way, the link at the top of the page is for the wrong bike.
Doh! Fixed - thanks for the tip.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by dr_bar » Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:43 am

I too love the retro styling and the colour scheme. I voted awesome and would love to have one of these for my daily commute...
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Dec 03, 2011 5:50 am

Effin' awesome.
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Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:03 pm

Beautiful bikes! They actually capture the '60s beauty better than the current Bonneville.
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Unread post by Hondagirl » Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:12 pm

Stunning. Very very cool and classic, I love this bike. And the color combo.
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Unread post by mogster » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:56 am

Lovely bike which received a cool vote from me. I would have preferred to see a shiny chrome version tho as I just don't like gold.

Very interesting that such a major player has entered the retro market. Maybe the current success of Triumph here in Europe has influenced the designers? :? :?
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Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:13 am

mogster wrote: Very interesting that such a major player has entered the retro market
Actually they have been making this bike(W650) since the 1990s...
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Unread post by mogster » Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:25 am

HYPERR wrote:
mogster wrote: Very interesting that such a major player has entered the retro market
Actually they have been making this bike(W650) since the 1990s...

That's me told then!!
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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by madjak30 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:49 pm

Voted: cool

I'm not much for retro bikes, but the colour scheme works for me and I do like the standard bikes...just wish they would do a modern version of this type of bike with the dual sport type of tires and all...I guess that is sorta what the V Strom & Versys are...or maybe the current crop of adventure bikes...that's probably the direction I will go next with my bike purchases...

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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - VOTE NOW

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:23 am

I voted: AWESOME

Hey, its RETRO, I like that, and a 773cc twin as well? Good stuff. Plus a comfortable bench seat (hey, manufacturers, PLEASE bring back the "bench type seat"!. The color combo is superub (classic in fact) and even though the W800 has been accused as a Bonneville copy, I say, the more classic motorcycle styles, the better. :revv:

I got to see on the exact model at the 2011 Motorcycle Live show here in the UK and it was fansastic, everyone was trying it out (the SE version, the non-SE was kinda quiet). The look of the bike is really nice in real life, it's a keeper for sure... now I just hope Kawasaki brings it out in North America. :D

Oh, the price for it was just 500 pounds more than the non-SE, very fair.

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