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Guy Procter  says:

Kawasaki W800 Bonneville-rival is real

Kawasaki is about to reveal a bigger replacement for the defunct W650 Triumph Bonneville replica, confirming internet speculation. The bike will be called the W800 and feature a largely similar chassis, but feature a disc brake at the rear and power hiked to match Triumph’s own modern-day Bonneville, at around 60bhp. Kawasaki’s original W650 was popular with customisers, especially in Japan, but...

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  • Posted 5 years ago (27 August 2010 15:57)

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Mar 04

Posts: 3

uksnapper says:

Kawasaki W800

It does at least look like a classic  motorcycle and not simply a cloned lookalike modern day racer

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Jun 05

Posts: 1

slyderx says:

paralell twins

must dig out my KZ750twin so.....

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Mar 09

Posts: 5

deanix says:

Kawasaki W800

As a 2002 model W650 owner in Japan, I was intrigued by this W800 news. It _must_ be fuel-injected--the official reason for discontinuing the W650 was that the twin Keihins cannot be tweaked to produce a sufficiently clean emission (even with Kleen-Air). Fuel-injection can do this for you.

More cubes, so it'll maybe vibrate more and go a bit better, no kickstart (building down to a cost maybe). I found the kick useful once when the battery was down, but it's mainly for showing off to young lasses --  and that bloody awful ironing board saddle that was on the early Ws -- why?

Rear disc is a bugger too -- the drum on the W650 has a nice progressive feel to it--when I need it use it--which is rarely.

Overall -- thanks but no thanks -- the W650 does the job for me OK...

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Jul 09

Posts: 144

burningbush says:

Canny that lyke!

DROOOOOOLLLLL! Looks as good as my Royal Enfield Bullet and an improvement on the Triumph Bonnie..... I'm tempted!

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