2019 Kawasaki W800 Cafe Proper FacetCourtesy of Kawasaki
They had been famously referred to as “ton-up boys,” post-World Warfare II working-class motorcyclists who hopped up thumping British singles and twins of their quest to outrun one another at triple-digit speeds. The Kawasaki W800 Cafe celebrates that bygone period with a nod to the Japanese bike maker’s personal heritage. As its title suggests, the Cafe is predicated on the sooner W800, now fitted for sporting responsibility with a small headlight-mounted fairing, a clubman-style handlebar, and a two-tone saddle that provides the phantasm of solo-only use whereas being passenger-friendly. One factor that hasn’t modified is the engine, a fuel-injected, four-valve-per-cylinder, tower-shaft/bevel-gear-driven overhead-cam parallel twin whose roots go all the way in which again to Kawasaki’s mid-1960s BSA-look-alike W1.
Persevering with with the historic theme, a double-cradle metal body encompasses a 50mm square-section spine, is suspended by a traditional 41mm fork and twin shocks, and rolls on 18-inch wire-spoke wheels shod with tube-type bias-ply tires. So will W800 Cafe attain the vaunted “ton”? Most definitely, however it’ll take quite a bit longer for the 491-pound machine to high that legendary marker than a ZX-6R, Kawasaki’s fashionable middleweight racer-replica. However that, after all, is lacking the purpose…
Likes: Slipper/help clutch has mild lever really feel and smooths nook entries
Dislikes: Sixty mph to zero in 156 ft? Extra stopping energy, please.
Verdict: Dwell in an analog period with a lot of the advantages of the digital age
2019 Kawasaki W800 Cafe Critiques And Comparisons
“The double-cradle metal body suggests the W800 Cafe is paying homage to the unique W1,” Michael Gilbert wrote in his preview of the 2019 mannequin, “however Kawasaki employed dynamic-analysis software program to find out the rigidity for every bit of tubing used. Kawasaki claims use of this expertise contributes to a well-balanced trip.”
2019 Kawasaki W800 Cafe Competitors
Kawasaki isn’t the one producer that has hitched a trip on the retro-twin practice. Moto Guzzi, Royal Enfield, Triumph, and others even have fashions for patrons who yearn for the times when bike engines had been air-cooled, less complicated to work on, and never hidden behind acres of pricey plastic physique panels.
2019 Kawasaki W800 Cafe Specs And Pricing
For 2019, the W800 Cafe is obtainable solely in Metallic Magnesium Grey/Galaxy Silver. Kawasaki has, nonetheless, developed quite a lot of equipment to assist personalize the bike. These embody engine guards, heated handgrips, an Ergo Match reduced-reach saddle, a baggage rack, passenger seize rail, helmet lock, and chrome-trimmed substitute elements.
2019 Kawasaki W800 Cafe left facetCourtesy of Kawasaki
Producer Claimed Specs
Air-cooled, SOHC, parallel twin
Bore x Stroke
77.0mm x 83.0mm
46.four lb.-ft. @ four,800 rpm
41mm; 5.1-in. journey
Preload adjustable; four.2-in. journey
Claimed Curb Weight