Kawasaki recently introduced a new retro cruiser, the W800 in the Indonesian market. The same bike has been spotted at a dealership in India, which means that the bike should be launched pretty soon.
The W800 is a retro classic motorcycle that will take on the Triumph Bonneville and the upcoming 750cc motorcycle from Royal Enfield. The W800 is powered by a 773 cc air cooled parallel twin engine making 47 Bhp and 60 Nm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. This bike takes you back to basics. It has a classic round headlamp, a tear drop fuel tank, ribbed seats, chrome fenders and mirrors.
The bike has telescopic suspension up front and twin coil spring setup at the back. At the front, you have disc brakes whereas the rear has to make do with drum brakes. In Indonesia, the standard version comes in a blue paint scheme (Ocean blue) while a limited edition version comes in black. Only 50 were alloted for the Indonesian market, all being CBU.
The bike is priced at around Rs 12.72 lakhs for the normal version and Rs 12.82 lakhs for the special edition. We aren’t really sure what the pricing in India will be though. Kawasaki would have their own guesstimate of how much the Royal Enfield 750cc would cost and might choose to price the W800 a bit above that.
This bike will take on the Bonneville in terms of product placement. The Bonneville comes in two variants, T100 and T120. The 100 is powered by a 900 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine making 54 Bhp and 80 Nm. The T120 on the other hand is powered by a 1200 cc engine making 80 Bhp and 105 Nm. It has a parallel-twin 4 stroke engine.
Royal Enfield’s 750 cc motorcycle will be a parallel twin-cylinder 750 cc. If Kawasaki decides to CKD the bike, it is possible to for them to price it right and take on the RE 750cc. They are similar in terms of functionality and design. The 750 from Royal Enfield has been spotted testing internationally and is expected to be launched in the Indian market first.