Kawasaki W800

4.6 | 15 Review(s)
This Jan, 2016 Model has expired

In Malaysia, Kawasaki has discontinued the W800 and this Motorcycles model is out of production.

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Kawasaki W800 Pros & Cons

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Things we like in W800

Retro styling

Comfortable cruiser

Affordable by comparison

Things we don't like in W800

Not modern

Feels underpowered


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Recent Updates of W800

The Kawasaki W800 is the outcome of a careful investigation of the aesthetics and riding feel of antique motorcycles. It provides special aesthetic care of finely produced components down to the tiniest detail, as well as a sensation of real quality that can only be obtained by employing metal parts. The pulse of the air-cooled Vertical Twin engine and the particular handling style that comes with large-diameter wheels harkens back to the riding feel of vehicles from a bygone age. The 773cc digital fuel injection engine further enhances the ride quality. The dual throttle valves prove to be very significant in boosting performance. The 2022 Kawasaki W800 is now available in a new dual-tone colour option dubbed Candy Fire Red with Metallic Diablo Black. While this is a metallic colour, the W800 that is now being sold in India has a matte paint scheme.

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W800 Videos

Watch the video review of Kawasaki W800 to learn about interior, exterior, performance, mileage and more.

  • Kawasaki W800 2011 review
    Kawasaki W800 2011 review
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    2011 Kawasaki W800 Review
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    Kawasaki W800 Exhaust Sound
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    Kawasaki W800 2011 Official video
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    2015 Kawasaki W800 - Walkaround - 2014 EICMA Milano Motocycle Exhibition
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    Kawasaki W800 in Fahrt.wmv
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    2011 Kawasaki W800 official video
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Kawasaki W800 Videos

Kawasaki W800 Review 2024

The charm of vintage motorcycle design is hard to deny. Just ask Triumph. Or Kawasaki as it seems. The Kawasaki W800 is hitherto unknown to most motorcycle aficionados, which is a shame. Partly because this is no less of a classic than any Triumph. Also because in many ways it is much better than any other retro-themed bikes that you can buy today. And partly because this bike with changing emission norms is no longer for this world. The bike has been on sale since 1966 and the final edition was launched in Malaysia in 2016. Since then while it is slowly disappearing from Kawasaki’s catalogue in many countries, it is somehow still available here. For a price of RM 52471, it falls much in the same price bracket as the Triumph Bonneville and the Triumph Street twin. Here is a look at everything that makes this bike so special.

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Brand Kawasaki Malaysia
Price RM 52,740
Body Type Cruiser


Engine 773 cc
Transmission Type Manual
Power Output 47.3 hp and 60 Nm of torque
Fuel Type Petrol
Drive Type Chain


Seating Capacity 2 Seater
Width 790 mm
Length 2190 mm
Height 1075 mm
Ground Clearance 125 mm

Kawasaki W800 Design

Looking at today’s modern Kawasaki bikes it is hard to believe that something like the W800 came from the same company. The W800 has the classic retro roadster design down to the smallest detail. This has allowed it to enjoy a lot of success in European markets. Currently, the bike is on sale in Malaysia in a special edition black paint scheme. The front gets a round headlamp in a body-colored housing and a chrome ring. The headlight itself is attached to the rest of the bike using black painted metal clamps. There is little to no plastic visible on the bike. The side profile lathers on the retro styling even thicker with the classic shape of the seamless 14-litre fuel tank and its orange stripes and original chrome emblems, lack of body panels on the rear subsection and the classic seat with deep ribbed padding and orange wire piping.

But probably the most attractive element of this bike’s design is the classic air-cooled vertical twin engine that uses a bevel gear driven cam and a black finish. The vintage bike feel extends to its spoked wheels which are 19-inch at the front and 18-inch at the rear and wrapped in 100/90 tyre in the front and 130/80 tyre in the rear. The bike has compact dimensions 2190 mm (L) X 790 mm (W) X 1075 mm (H). The instrumentation is also retro styled twin pod setup with separate speedometer and tachometer along with a small digital display for the odometer reading.

W800 Ride & Handling

The W800 uses a double cradle high tensile steel frame with 39 mm telescopic forks up front and 5-way adjustable for preload twin shocks in the rear. Its weight of 217 kg inspires a more gentlemanly sort of riding style. This is further aided by the soft and comfortable suspension and the standard upright seating position afforded by the 790 mm seat height and comfortably placed handlebars. The larger front wheel also brings in better stability at speed and while adding to the unhurried handling.

Kawasaki W800 Engine & Fuel Consumption

The powertrain in the Kawasaki W800 is an air-cooled 773 cc vertical twin mated to a long ratio 5-speed transmission. Fuel injection is through twin 34 mm throttle bodies with sub-throttles. The engine produces a modest 47 hp at 6500 rpm and 60 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm. The power might not seem to be a lot for an 800 cc engine. But the engine here is tuned with a focus towards seamless torque availability. With max torque available as low as 2500 rpm, the mid-range of the power band is the most enjoyable. Low-end response is smooth yet strong. The power delivery can thus be characterized as linear and unhurried. Just the way it is expected on every good UJM. The engine is also very refined with no vibrations at any speed.

W800 Braking & Safety

The braking on the Kawasaki W800 is relegated to a 300 mm disc up front with twin-piston calliper and a 160 mm drum brake on the rear. These provide enough stopping power without cluttering up the design of the bike too much.

Kawasaki W800 Verdict

The Kawasaki W800’s retro styling and drivetrain harken back to a simpler time. Driving one today translates that age-old experience almost perfectly. It is not meant for dragging your knees on corners but going for long relaxed drives and looking good while doing it.

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  • Very heavy and lacks engine growl

    One of the W800's most striking features when I first saw it in the Kawasaki showroom was definitely the paint job on the tank. The design of the...

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    Test Apr 23, 2024 for Kawasaki W800
  • Retro styled Kawasaki bike that offers a hint of modernity

    I always have an inherent fetish towards retro themed bikes. Core merit of this motorcycle is its show stopper looks. I never knew maintaining...

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    abumusa Sep 01, 2023 for Kawasaki W800
  • Best New Mate!

    I must say that the Kawasaki W800 is the result of careful research into how antique motorcycles look and feel to ride. It gives me the right amount...

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    Hafiz Mar 03, 2023 for Kawasaki W800
  • Best Regular Model!

    The Kawasaki w800 is priced in Malaysia from RM 52,740. It comes in only a single variant and is powered by a 773 cc engine which gets paired to a...

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    kamran Feb 27, 2023 for Kawasaki W800
  • Elegance that gets showcased due to its intense minimalism designwise

    Simplicity is at its zenith when it comes to this Kawasaki model. I could not find anything over the top that was meant to grab a buyer’s...

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    Yusuf Sep 13, 2022 for Kawasaki W800
  • Bike with a retro touch and modern ergonomics

    The Kawasaki W800 is a bike designed to make the most of those riders that are into faster machines but want to keep up with a touch of retro in...

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    shahzil Jul 07, 2022 for Kawasaki W800
  • Retro infused with modern tech!

    The Kawasaki W800 is a bike that matches the needs of both the young and the old! The bike comes with great styling and can be used for daily...

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    Harrison Apr 21, 2022 for Kawasaki W800
  • For gentle cruising

    Kawasaki’s W series has been there for a long. It was among the first big cruiser bikes. The Kawasaki W800 continues the heritage and is the most...

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    Panjang Jan 15, 2022 for Kawasaki W800
  • Traditional styling, modern features

    I have always been a fan of the traditional styling of bikes and recently I bought the Kawasaki W800. I was really impressed by the unique and...

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    Khajeer Dec 16, 2021 for Kawasaki W800
  • The City Ride

    There is nothing more truly vintage than the Kawasaki W800's clean, simple design. Last year, I took it for a test drive and was blown away by the...

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    Aafaaq Sep 16, 2021 for Kawasaki W800
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