Kawasaki’s just unveiled a new W800 at the Tokyo Motor Show – creating a THREE model line-up for 2020.

Kawasaki's new W800. Released at Tokyo Motor Show 2019.

In addition to the recently released W800 Street and W800 CAFE, Kawasaki has just shown its newest W800 which takes direct inspiration from the Japanese factories original 1966 W1.

It’s powered by Kawasaki’s 47bhp, air-cooled 773cc bevel drive camshaft engine – but aside from that, the newest W800 gets a range of new and updated parts to help it stand out from the previous generation machines.


So for 2020, the W800 gets a new frame construction with larger diameter tubes, new 41mm diameter front forks and wider wheel rims. There are also new ABS disc brakes front and rear – plus a new assist and slipper clutch that eliminates rear wheel hop on aggressive down shifts.

Studio shot of Kawasaki's newest W800 retro machine.

Styling’s been updated too, with a raft of chrome complimenting its new Metallic Dark Green colour scheme. More specifically, there are new chrome mudguards, a chrome handlebar and a ‘tuck and roll’ style seat – in addition to some retuned twin exhausts. But despite its retro styling, it also comes with a digital ignition, fuel injection and an electric start.

At this stage, there’s been no official confirmation about pricing and availability in the UK – but if you’re interested in getting your hands on one, it’s worth making a trip to Motorcycle Live to check it out in the flesh. For more information on the bike, click HERE.



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