The W800 is a retro, air-cooled, and fuel-injected motorcycle that Kawasaki introduced back in 2011 as a continuation of the carburated W650 from the 2000s. The throwback paid tribute to the W series of the mid ‘60s and ‘70s. In 2016, Kawasaki announced that it would end the 50-year-old W line with the Final Edition, but the brand seems to have changed its mind. For 2019, Kawasaki is reviving the W800 once more with a new Euro 4 engine and two variants: the Street and Cafe.
The 2019 Kawasaki W800 is built around an all-new, lighter, and stiffer double cradle frame. The motorcycle is powered by an air-cooled, fuel-injected 773cc parallel twin rated to make a maximum of 47.6 PS. The Japanese manufacturer says the beginner-friendly middleweight has been updated to “99% new” with Euro 4 compliance and a host of technical updates.
The new 2019 W800 gets a 320 mm front disc, and 270 mm rear disc (finally replacing the old drum), standard ABS, an assist and slipper clutch, as well as LED lighting. Kawasaki has chosen to call the standard roadster’s new iteration the 2019 W800 Street.
The sportier 2019 Kawasaki W800 Cafe features a front bikini cowl, tank knee pads, and a forward-leaning riding position care of M-shaped clubman handlebars. The design of its café racer style seat also affords a pillion passenger.
So far, pricing has only been revealed for the Cafe version. The 2019 W800 Cafe will be available at an MSRP of US$9,799 in Metallic Magnesium Gray with Galaxy Silver.