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John Westlake  says:

Are you young? Would you buy a Kawasaki W800?

Kawasaki has revealed they expect their new W800 retro to attract younger buyers. Kawasaki's Martin Lambert told MCN that, surprisingly, their research showed the Triumph Bonneville-rival would be popular with under 30s as well as older classic fans. The research has been backed up by experience, said Lambert: "I've spoken the Kawasaki UK field sales team to get a flavour of...

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Feb 10

Posts: 7

13amz08 says:


I'm 19 and it's not that i don't like the look of the bike, I do, but I wouldn't buy one for myself.

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Feb 10

Posts: 372



I like this bike.:biggrin:

The 650 had that sixties,retro look,best of the Japanese bikes for that and this is just a bigger bored out version.

I just HOPE,that the quality is up to the job as we all know what Jap chrome,fit / finish can be like.:unsure:

The bevel driven cam's isn't anything new but should be more reliable than chain.

Just wish the price was retro also.......

Would i buy one,as a second bike yes!!!

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May 05

Posts: 26

davemolly says:

Am I young?

I'm 33, so not sure if my opinion counts but I certainly wouldn't have one. maybe in 20 or 30 years......

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Mar 10

Posts: 53

Feakster says:


I'm a sportsbike guy, through & through.

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Jul 10

Posts: 1

whitmore6 says:


I'm 18 and no! Wouldn't want to be seen on any bike like this... sports and tourers are the way forwards, if manufacturers want to target younger people, style and affordability is the way

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Nov 10

Posts: 66

Gstan says:


Im 17 and have a full liscense, young people are either posers, so they want harleys or sometimes shiney sportsbikes, or they are idiot riders who want to wheelie everywhere and make loads of noise, anyone else under 25 not in those categories is the minority, i am the latter, and its not a bike for under 50 year olds...

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Aug 02

Posts: 439

snave says:


I'm not young and as the motorcycle market in the UK isn't either, who cares what the young think...? They'll have what they're told and like it, or else we should put them in the Army to teach 'em some discipline and respect for their elders and betters. Bah! Humbug! These bikes are bought by people, not social delineation. In fact, as with many other categories of bikes, the purchase of the bike IS the delineation, not the age, sex or inclination of the user handing over the sponduliks. If Kawasaki want these bike to be bought by the young, then they should make them cheaper, make them `new license` acceptable, and frankly make them cool. It can be done. But I don't see that Martin is batting on anything other than a sticky wicket* on this one... *Cricket analogy to immediately alienate da yoof element, innit...:)

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Nov 10

Posts: 12

JacquesWood says:


I'm 21, If I could've afforded it as a first bike and build it into a cafe-racer I'd of jumped at the chance. I love the retro styling, I'm certainly interested in riding one, if the engine was a triple or a four I'd probably be in the showroom now, I want something different, and this could well be that. But I'll leave my judgement until I ride it,

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Jan 10

Posts: 422

rlf3 says:

I'm 49 and there's absolutely no way that I would ever buy this bike, it's ugly and has wire wheels.

I absolutely despise wire wheels. Then there's the list price, it's far too high.

Post 2009 cast wheel Bonnie for me if I was going down the retro parallel twin route, but I reckon there's much better value to be had in an ER-6N.

 The ER-6N can be picked up brand new in candy burnt orange for £4200 with 0% finance.


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Apr 10

Posts: 64

does this mean

the UK gets an ugly green tank with a large non retro kawasaki written on it while others get a retro silver badge and retro rubber knee pads  like in the vid??????

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