Who says only fabric fashion or a look can be a retro! Retro is the new in. And if it’s a new style statement why not a bike can display it! Yes, Kawasaki’s new model is flaunting the retro look, and that is the USP of this new bike. Kawasaki W800 has declared that 2017 will be the last model year for the motorcycle. This bike is inspired from the original Kawasaki W1, which came to market in 1966. According to the Kawasaki makers, it is “the end of the iconic W series of four-stroke vertical twin motorcycles” and “W800 Final Edition marks the end of an era”. This W800 Final Edition will be available in limited numbers across Europe, before stringent the Euro 4 emission norms take effect.
The W800 is powered by a 773cc parallel twin engine, that makes a 70bhp and 60Nm that includes a five-speed transmission. The engine has mounted on a double-cradle that also has a tubular steel frame and a telescopic front fork with twin rear shocks taking on suspension duties. The bike tips the scales at 216kg. The Kawasaki W800 Final Edition will be available in Candy Brown and Candy Sunset Orange paint schemes which are a tribute to the W-series bikes of earlier decades. But the sad part is Kawasaki W800 is not available on sale in India, and even the Final Edition isn’t set to be introduced here.
Kawasaki is going by the global popularity of neo-retro bikes like the Triumph Bonneville and Ducati Scrambler, and it seemed to have a lot of chances for Kawasaki as well. But the Japanese manufacturer doesn’t appear to have any interest in developing retro bikes, bidding goodbye to the W800. Thus the brand Kawasaki, and going by the global popularity of neo-retro bikes like the Triumph Bonneville and Ducati Scrambler, this one seemed to have a lot of potential for Kawasaki as well. But the Japanese manufacturer doesn’t seem to have any interest in developing retro bikes, bidding goodbye to the W800 and thus Kawasaki will also have to stop the production of this retro look bike in future.