Kawasaki W800 Spotted Testing In India; Launch Imminent

Kawasaki W800 was spotted testing in Mangalore and it will be launched soon in India.

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India Kawasaki Motor seems to be readying the Kawasaki W800 for a launch as it has already started testing the model on Indian roads. The retro-styled motorcycle was on display at a dealership in Pune last month and was spotted testing in Mangalore.

In India, the Japanese manufacturer is known for its stable of high-performance motorcycles which include H2, ZX-10R, Z1000, etc. The W800 was showcased at the dealership to gauge the response from prospective customers.

Kawasaki's Indian lineup does not have an old-school charm which could pay homage to its heritage. The retro-styled model will sure have a considerable demand in India. The timeline for the W800 launch though is yet to be confirmed by Kawasaki.

Motorworldindia posted some images of the W800 which was caught testing in Mangalore. The spotted model is believed to be the Euro-spec version.

The W800 is equipped with a circular headlamp, chrome fenders, dual tone paint scheme and ribbed seat. Suspension duties are carried out by 39mm telescopic forks up front and twin shock absorbers at the rear.

The motorcycle employs a 300mm twin-piston caliper at the front and 160mm drum brake at the rear. It measures 2,190mm in length, 790mm in width, and 1,075 mm height. Built around the double-cradle and high-tensile steel, the W800 weighs 216 kg.

Powering the W800 is a 773cc parallel-twin cylinder motor which is tuned to churn out 47bhp of power at 6,500rpm and 60Nm of torque at 2,500rpm, and is mated to a five-speed transmission.

In India, the Kawasaki W800 will be rivalling the Triumph Street Twin, Ducati Scrambler and Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer. With a great demand for retro models in the country, the W800 will be a good addition.

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Story first published: Thursday, January 5, 2017, 12:25 [IST]
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