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Picture gallery: Kawasaki W800 Spirit

By MCN -

First rides & tests

 08 November 2012 10:50

Specialist bike builders Spirit of the Seventies were commissioned by Kawasaki UK to build a one-off W800, with styling and key spec details chosen by Facebook fans.

Spirit then created designs and engineering solutions to make this glorious retro street scrambler a reality.

MCN Senior Editor Richard Newland rode the bike and had this to say: "The riding position is so natural that it’s hard to accept how coincidental the success was.

"The W800’s bars are narrower, lower and more traditional than the wide MX-style braced bars fitted to Spirit, and while your feet and backside are in essentially the same places, the repositioning of your hands inherently moves your bodyweight to a place the W800 chassis didn’t expect you to be – yet it works beautifully.

"The steering is light, accurate and stable enough from the 19” front rim, helped in feel and grip by the Conti RoadAttack rubber - and the leverage from those bars.

"You feel entirely central to the bike’s stance, simultaneously on top of, and in, the bike."

To read the full test, pick up a copy of the November 7 issue of MCN.