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2023 Kawasaki W800 [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 Kawasaki W800
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The Kawasaki W800 Delivers A Modern Take On Classic W1 Style

Kawasaki has kept its W800 the same as 2022 which is not a bad thing. Kawasaki’s motorcycles (even their retro style bikes) include modern features but continue the classic look of their W1 motorcycle. The 773cc parallel twin engine provides a smooth and responsive 46 horsepower while maintaining excellent fuel efficiency. The engine produces enough power to make it suitable for urban riding or cruising.

The W800’s handling is also impressive, with a nimble and agile feel that makes it a joy to ride. The suspension setup is tuned for a comfortable ride, but it’s also capable of handling more aggressive riding when needed. The brakes are also more than capable of bringing the bike to a stop quickly and smoothly and ABS is standard.

The styling of the Kawasaki W800 is undeniably classic but it includes modern touches such as LED lighting, similar to many other 2023 Kawasaki motorcycle models which adds visibility and safety to the bike. The fit and finish of the W800 are top-notch, with high-quality materials and attention to detail throughout.

Other notable features of the W800 include a spacious seat that provides plenty of room for both the rider and passenger. The instrument cluster is a classic design, with an analog speedometer and tachometer complemented by a small digital display that shows additional information such as fuel level and gear position. Overall, the Kawasaki W800 is an impressive motorcycle that modern performance and features while showing it’s Japanese motorcycle heritage.

The 2023 Kawasaki W800 starts at $9,199 USD/$11,599 CAD

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2023 Kawasaki W800

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $9,199 USD/$11,599
  • Key Features:
    • W1 inspired design
    • Disc brakes with ABS
    • Chrome steel fenders
    • Large 19” front wheel and 18” rear wheel

Main Specs

  • Engine: 773 cc 4-stroke, vertical twin, SOHC, 8 valves, air-cooled
  • Power: 46.9 horsepower
  • Torque: 46 lb-ft
  • Weight: 496 lbs (224 kgs)
  • Seat Height: 31.1 inches (789 mm)

2023 Kawasaki W800

2023 Kawasaki W800 Specifications

From Kawasaki


Engine 773cc, 4-stroke, vertical twin, SOHC, 8 valves, air-cooled
Power 46.9 Hp
Bore x Stroke 77.0 x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System DFI®with 34mm throttle bodies (2)
Starter Electric


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
Brakes Rear
Single 270mm petal-style disc with 2-piston caliper
Tires Front 100/90-19
Tires Rear 130/80-18
Fuel Tank Capacity 4.0 gal
Candy Fire Red/Metallic Diablo Black


Ignition TCBI w/digital advance
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length 86.2 in
Overall Width 31.1 in
Overall Height 42.3 in
Wheelbase 57.7 in
Ground Clearance 4.9 in
Seat Height 31.1 in
Curb Weight 496.1 lb.*


Warranty 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12, 24, or 36 months

2023 Kawasaki W800

2023 Kawasaki W800 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.

Sound Tuning

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.

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