A long awaited launch, India Kawasaki Motor has introduced the W800 Street retro-styled motorcycle in the country priced at ₹ 7.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The Kawasaki W800 Street is part of the manufacturer’s heritage and was under consideration for the Indian market for years now. In fact, the bike was even showcased at Indian dealerships back in 2015 to gauge customer response, but it’s taken about four years for the offering to hit the Indian shores. The new Kawasaki W800 is a direct rival to the Triumph Street Twin in the segment and bookings are now open for the motorcycle.
The new Kawasaki W800 takes inspiration from the W1, which at 650 cc, was the largest displacement Japanese motorcycle to be sold in 1965. The stylng remains true to the original W Series with the curved body panels, sculpted fuel tank, round headlight with the chrome bezel, round indicators and a twin-pod instrument cluster with chrome surrounds. There wide handlebar and centre set foot-pegs make for a neutral riding posture, while the single seat has been optimised for comfort. The bike also comes with twin exhausts finished in chrome along with fork gaiters for the front suspension to complete that retro vibe. The bike rides on spoked wheels that completes the retro look on the new W800. For the Indian market, the retro Kawasaki is available in a single colour option – Metallic Flat spark black/Metallic Matte Graphite grey.