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Rumours were surrounding the arrival of the Kawasaki W175 retro-classic roadster motorcycle in the Indian market. The news has now gained huge momentum as the Kawasaki W175 has been spotted testing for the first time in the Indian market.
Spy images posted on Instagram, reveal a test mule without any camouflage. The motorcycle is immediately recognizable with its distinctive exhaust design along with contoured body panels. Also, we could notice that the rear wheel did not feature a disc brake.
Kawasaki is currently selling the W175 motorcycle across various international markets. We expect the India-spec model to remain similar when launched. The Kawasaki W175 is powered by an air-cooled, single-cylinder 177cc engine.
It produces a maximum of 13bhp at 7500rpm and a peak torque of 13.2Nm at 6000rpm. The engine comes mated to a standard five-speed gearbox. In international markets, the motorcycle's engine uses a Mikuni VM24 carburettor. However, Kawasaki could update the engine to feature a fuel-injection system to comply with the latest emission norms in the Indian market.
The Kawasaki W175 dimension read as 1930mm in length, 765mm in width, and 1030mm in height along with a wheelbase of 1275mm. The motorcycle features a ground clearance of 165mm and tips the scale at 126kg (dry).
The retro motorcycle features round-shaped headlamp, tail lamps and turn-signal indicators. It also has a traditional analogue instrument console with all the tell-tale lights placed next to the console.
The motorcycle also has a simple and right-up rider ergonomics along with a flat seat. Other features on the motorcycle include a 13.5-litre fuel tank, round-shaped rear-view mirrors, and 17-inch spoked wheels at both ends.
Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic fork with old-school rubber gaiters at the front and traditional twin-shock with spring preload adjustability at the rear. Braking on the motorcycle is done via 220mm disc brake at the front and 110mm drum brake at the rear.
The international-spec W175 motorcycle is not offered with any form of ABS. However, the company will have to add at least a single-channel ABS at the front to the motorcycle to comply with the latest safety norms issued in the country.
According to the recent media reports, the company could launch the motorcycle sometime early next year. Also, Kawasaki is looking to heavily localize the manufacturing of W175 motorcycle in the country. This will help the company to price its entry-level offering aggressively in the Indian market.
Also, Kawasaki is offering the W175 motorcycle in a host single and dual-tone colour options. The motorcycle is also offered in a scrambler and cafe-racer version in international markets. Whether the company will bring the colour options and various versions of the W175 motorcycle to the market remains to be seen.
Thoughts About The Kawasaki W175 Spied Testing For The First Time In India
The rumours of the Kawasaki bringing an entry-level motorcycle to the Indian market has gained ground after the W175 caught testing in India. Once launched, the Kawasaki W175 is expected to rival the also upcoming, Yamaha XSR 155 which could arrive next year in the Indian market.