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2016 Kawasaki W800 Review
2016 Kawasaki W800 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
Mixing high tech with heritage in one seductive retro package, the W800, with classic, class leading features, makes sound, simple sense in a complicated motorcycling world.
2016 Kawasaki W800 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
2016 Kawasaki W800 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Long, comfortable seat with thick, ribbed padding has plenty of room for rider and passenger. Urethane at the front of the seat was 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 stopped.
Voluptuous fuel tank finished in high-quality paint contributes to the W800’s aura of functional elegance. Newly designed tank emblems, finished in chrome, contribute to the high quality appearance.
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.
“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.
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.
5-way adjustable clutch lever and 4-way adjustable brake lever enable riders to fine-tune lever span.
Rear shock absorbers
Dual rear shock absorbers, adjustable for spring preload, offer a smooth ride and clean look.
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.
Large headlamp is offset wonderfully by the speedometer and tachometer and simple console.
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.
Single 300 mm front disc brake offers sure stopping power.
Dual Throttle Valves
Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.
On fuel-injected models, throttle bodies generally have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased.
Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of “following the rider’s intention, while providing natural-feeling support.” They are featured on many Kawasaki models.
2016 Kawasaki W800 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $NA USD
2016 Kawasaki W800 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for pricing in CDN
2016 Kawasaki W800 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £6,899 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin
Bore x stroke
77.0 x 83.0 mm
SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel injection: Ã¸34 mm x 2 with sub-throttles
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
27° / 108 mm
Wheel travel, front
Wheel travel, rear
Steering angle, left / right
37° / 37°
35 KW (48 PS) / 6,500 rpm
60 Nom (6.1 kgfom) / 2,500 rpm
Primary reduction ratio
Gear ratios: 1st
Gear ratios: 2nd
Gear ratios: 3rd
Gear ratios: 4th
Gear ratios: 5th
Final reduction ratio
Wet multi-disc, manual
Single 300 mm discCaliper: Twin-piston
Drum, 160 mm
39 mm telescopic fork
Twin shocks. Spring preload: 5-way
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,190 x 790 x 1,075 mm
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