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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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
5-way adjustable clutch lever and 4-way adjustable brake lever enable riders to fine-tune lever span.
Single 300 mm front disc brake offers sure stopping power.
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.
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.
"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.
2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $NA
Model not available in the USA
2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - Canadian Specifications/Technical
Canada MSRP Price: See Canadian Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.
Model not available in Canada
The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.
2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - UK/European Specifications/Technical
UK/EU MSRP Price: See UK/EU Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.
Fuel injection:?34 mm x 2 with sub-throttles
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin
Bore x stroke
77.0 x 83.0 mm
SOHC, 8 valves
Wet multi-disc, manual
Primary reduction ratio
Gear ratios: 1st
Gear ratios: 2nd
Gear ratios: 3rd
Gear ratios: 4th
Gear ratios: 5th
Final reduction ratio
Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
27° / 108 mm
Wheel travel, front
Wheel travel, rear
Steering angle, left / right
37° / 37°
39 mm telescopic fork
Type: Twin shocks
Spring preload: 5-way
Type: Single 300 mm disc
Type: Drum, 160 mm
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,180 x 790 x 1,075 mm
35 KW (48 PS) / 6,500 rpm
60 Nm (6.1 kgf-m) / 2,500 rpm
2012 Kawasaki W800 Special Edition - Australian Specifications/Technical
Australia MSRP Price: See Australian Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.
See W800 model.