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Picture gallery: Kawasaki W800 Spirit

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MCN, 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 ...

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Picture gallery: Kawasaki W800 Spirit

MCN, 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 ...

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Video: Riding Europe's finest retro bikes

Michael Neeves, 11 January 2012 14:41

German firm LSL are becoming famous for creating achingly-cool retro custom bikes, but for owner Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler they’re merely a hobby – his real business is manufacturing accessories. When MCN visited LSL, we expected to find a small custom shop, but instead were welcomed into a 900 square meter, solar-powered factory turning out everything from handlebars to rearsets. So how ...

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Video: Kawasaki W800 vs Triumph Bonneville vs Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

MCN, 18 March 2011 12:26

The Kawasaki W800 impressed during its first ride, but how does it compare against its two closest rivals, the Triumph Bonneville and Moto Guzzi V7 Classic? Read this week's MCN for the full test.  brightcove.createExperiences();

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Kawasaki W800 is top retro

Phil West, 16 March 2011 15:42

The new Kawasaki W800 has come out on top in MCN’s world first group test of the latest retro roadsters. The new Kawasaki is essentially a revival of the old W650 which was dropped from Kawasaki’s line-up in  2006. The revived version not only boasts a larger capacity but also fuel injection for the first time and a host of cosmetic ...

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Video: Kawasaki W800 first ride

MCN, 04 March 2011 10:27

Our first test of the new Kawasaki W800 suggests that Britain's own Triumph, after five years having things all its own way in the 'retro roadster' class, has a serious new rival on its hands. Not only is the W800 cheaper and better-specced than its closest Bonneville rival, the Kawasaki's uprated engine means there's now no discernible performance difference. brightcove.createExperiences();

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Are you young? Would you buy a Kawasaki W800?

John Westlake, 03 March 2011 17:27

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 ...

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Video: Kawasaki W800 - retro commuter

James Keen, 02 December 2010 12:02

Kawasaki have created this video to promote their new W800 - it seems to suggest that they're pitching the bike at trendy London types who want a retro-cool commuter for the city.  With an authentic-looking air-cooled 773cc parallel twin motor, twin rear shocks and pea-shooter exhausts, the W800 certainly looks the part - but so does the competition, namely the Triumph Bonneville and Moto Guzzi V7 Classic.   ...

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