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Kawasaki W800 vs Triumph Bonneville: Two modern retro-styled roadsters, and great bikes in their own right or a poor nod to a time gone by? Steve Rose and Bruce Wilson took used examples from 2011 for a ride to find out…

Steve’s ride on the Kawasaki W800

It’s 6am somewhere in middle England. The sound of a lone motorcycle bounces off the hills. To any one of the older locals in a dozen sleepy villages it sounds like an old BSA or Triumph (admittedly with a large-Euro-bung reducing the exhaust note to a whisper). To the middle-aged bloke who’s riding it, the hoot-sickle in question is simply a right bloomin’ giggle.

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