The 2020 Kawasaki W800 is a sport heritage motorcycle designed to replicate the look and feel of the 1960’s Kawasaki W1. Using a 773 cc SOHC air cooled vertical twin, the W800 produces 51 crank HP and 44 lb-ft of crank torque, and has a slightly offset firing order that gives the bike a classic rumbling feel and note.
Two versions of the W800 are available: the standard W800 which is the middle of the range in Canada and Europe, and the base model in the USA, which has a tuck and roll seat, standard ABS, fuel injection and retro-modern gauges, and the W800 Cafe, which replaces the seat with a cafe racer seat that has a bolstered rear pad, and envelops the front of the bike with a classic style cafe racer cowl and windscreen.
The 2020 Kawasaki W800 starts at $9,199 US/$11,099 CA, and the 2020 Kawasaki W800 Cafe starts at $9,799 US/$11,499 CA
On this page:we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new Kawasaki W800 and W800 Cafe in one place.
Twin shocks with spring preload adjustability/4.2 in
Single 320mm petal-style disc with 2-piston calipers, ABS
Single 270mm petal-style disc with 2-piston caliper, ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity
13 L (3.4 US gal.)
Metallic Matte Fusion Silver/Metallic Spark Black
84.1 in (2140 mm)
32.5 in (825 mm)
44.7 in (1135 mm)
57.7 in (1,465 mm)
5.1 in (130 mm)
31.1 in (790 mm)
489 lbs (221 kg)
12 Month Limited Warranty
2020 Kawasaki W800 and W800 Cafe Features
Assist & Slipper Clutch
Based on feedback from racing activities, the Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam) to either drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart.
Under normal operation, the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever feel when operating the clutch.
When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and helps prevent the rear tire from hopping and skidding. This race-style function is particularly useful when sport or track riding.
Kawasaki has long had a reputation for building great-sounding bikes – a characteristic inherent in the Kawasaki engine architecture – but it is only recently that effort has been put into crafting a specific auditory experience through careful sound tuning of either the intake or exhaust system.
Designed specifically to allow riders to enjoy their motorcycles aurally as well as physically, the carefully crafted auditory notes can be the key components of the street riding exhilaration offered by models that have benefitted from sound tuning. Sound tuning can include conducting sound research, designing intake and exhaust system components based on an acoustic test carried out in a sound room, and careful consideration of every detail of a system’s components to ensure a balance of performance and the desired sound.
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
Kawasaki ABS systems use front and rear wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed. Should information from either of the sensors indicate that wheel lock has occurred, the ABS ECU directs the pump in the ABS unit to modulate brake fluid pressure (releasing and reapplying pressure so that traction can be regained) until normal operation resumes. ABS offers rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.