-W800 range to get one more model
-Is likely to have cosmetic changes
-To be powered by the same 773cc engine
Kawasaki’s current W800 range which includes the W800 Street and W800 Café are also significantly retro-styled motorcycles although they do get more blacked-out and more modern parts. On the other hand, the new Kawasaki W800 model which is likely to be called the ‘W800 Classic’ is expected to be a direct replacement for the discontinued-2017 model in terms of styling. The front and rear fender, crankcase cover, mirrors and turn signal brackets are likely to be chrome-finished to give it a more retro look.
Furthermore, the bike will ride on a 19-inch front wheel in place of the 18-inch front wheel and feature a flatter handlebar opposed to the higher, stretched-back bars on the W800 Street. And with a supposed kerb weight of 226kg, the new W800 is 5kg heavier than the Street variant. Besides these changes, the W800 Classic is expected to remain the same.
Besides these changes, the W800 Classic is expected to remain the same. It will be powered by a 773cc, parallel-twin motor that produces 47bhp and 62.9Nm of torque. The suspension will be taken care of by telescopic forks and a twin shock setup at the rear. Meanwhile, braking is done by single discs for the front and rear accompanied by a dual-channel ABS. Although the new W800 is expected to be a hard-core classic motorcycle, we can expect it to offer LED lighting and a small LCD screen fitted in its twin-pod instrument cluster.
Kawasaki is likely to unveil the new W800 at the Tokyo Motor Show or the 2019 EICMA as a 2020 model. And since the manufacturer launched the W800 Street in India recently, we can expect the new W800 to make its debut in the country sometime next year.