The 2021 Kawasaki W800 is a Modern Take On a True Japanese Classic
Kawasaki’s 2021 W800 is currently the only offering of a sport heritage motorcycle designed from one of Japan’s big four, Kawasaki. Designed to replicate the look and feel of the 1960’s Kawasaki W1, it uses a 773 cc, SOHC, air cooled parallel-twin that produces 51 HP and 44 lb-ft of torque. Of interest, Kawasaki designed the W800’s engine to have a slightly offset firing sequence, giving the bike the same exhaust rumble as its storied predecessor.
For 2021, only one version of the W800 is available, and is packed with modern sport motorcycle technology while keeping the retro vibe. The W800 comes standard with dual-zone ABS, an assist and slipper clutch, and digitally controlled fuel injection. As well, the 2021 W800 adopts the tuck-and-roll seat styling of the W1, finished in well padded leather.
The 2021 Kawasaki W800 starts at $9,199 USD / $11,299 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Kawasaki W800 in one place.
- Price: $9,199 USD / $11,299 CAD
- Key Features:
- Retro styling, modern technology
- Throaty and powerful 773cc engine
- Classic exhaust styling with baffle tubes
- Engine Type: 773cc SOHC air-cooled parallel twin
- Horsepower: 51 HP
- Torque: 44 lb-ft
- Wet Weight: 496 lbs (225 kg)
- Seat Height: 31.1 inches (790 mm)
2021 Kawasaki W800 Specifications
|Engine||773cc SOHC air-cooled parallel twin|
|Bore x Stroke||77.0 x 83.0mm|
|Fuel System||DFI®with 34mm throttle bodies (2)|
|Transmission||5-speed, return shift|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Suspension Front||41mm telescopic fork with/5.1 in|
|Suspension Rear||Twin shocks with spring preload adjustability/4.2 in|
|Brakes Front||Single 320mm petal-style disc with 2-piston calipers, ABS|
Single 270mm petal-style disc with 2-piston caliper, ABS
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.0 gal|
Metallic Ocean Blue
|Ignition||TCBI w/digital advance|
|Overall Length||86.2 in|
|Overall Width||31.1 in|
|Overall Height||42.3 in|
|Ground Clearance||4.9 in|
|Seat Height||31.1 in|
|Curb Weight||496.1 lb|
|Warranty||12 Month Limited Warranty|
|Kawasaki Protection Plus||12 / 24 / 36 / 48 months|
2021 Kawasaki W800 Features
Assist & Slipper Clutch
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.
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)
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