Kawasaki W800 is top retro
First rides & tests
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 updates.
To find out how good these updates have made the new Kawasaki we pitted it against its closest rivals – Triumph’s Bonneville T100 and the Moto Guzzi V7 Classic – and it was the W800 which proved the favourite of two of our three testers.
At the end of the test MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin concluded: “Two of the three test riders placed Kawasaki’s W800 ahead of Triumph’s T100 Bonneville.
"Both gave the same reasons: a lovely bike to ride because of its comfort, styling and easy-going engine with performance to suit its style.”
For Trevor’s full test see this week’s Motorcycle News, out Wednesday March 16