Three New Kawasaki Models for 2020


For 2020 Kawasaki gives us 3 new things to covet (at least one, all depends on what turns your crank): a Z rendition of the hyperbike H2 platform, an update to the sensible sportbike the Ninja 650, and a new retro in the form of the W800 (regular and Cafe variants).

Kawasaki Z H2



Kawasaki says:


Kawasaki’s legacy of creating motorcycles that have unrivaled performance, excitement, and Sugomi™ styling continues with an all-new flagship model of the Kawasaki Z line of naked motorcycles, the 2020 Z H2. With the arrival of the hypernaked Z H2 and its powerful, balanced supercharged engine, the second chapter of Kawasaki’s Z history is about to begin, marking the beginning of a new era.

Featuring a powerful and balanced supercharged engine, performance can be enjoyed across its entire rev range while still offering superb fuel efficiency. The innovative new Z H2 offers refined naked styling, a high level of handling and comfort, and the latest technology worthy of the new Z series flagship model.

The Z H2 was developed to deliver the power you desire on-demand, a chassis that delivers superb maneuverability while harnessing the engine’s incredible power, comfort that enables you to ride for long distances, and a host of advanced features designed for maximum functionality. The Kawasaki Z H2 is a truly unique motorcycle and offers a glimpse of the future.

Highlights of the 2020 Z H2
• Powerful 998cc Balanced Supercharged Engine
• Dog-Ring Transmission
• Specially Designed, Lightweight Trellis Frame
• High-Performance Showa Suspension Components
• Brembo® Monobloc Brake Calipers
• Aggressive Sugomi™ Styling and Minimalist Bodywork
• LED Lighting
• All-Digital TFT Color Instrumentation
• Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP
• State-of-the-Art Electronics (IMU Electronics Package, Integrated Riding Modes, Power Mode, KTRC, KCMF, KIBS, KLCM, KQS, Electronic Cruise Control, Assist & Slipper Clutch)

Engine
The Z H2's Balanced Supercharged Engine is the product of Kawasaki Group technology, designed in-house not only by the Motorcycle and Engine Company, but also with collaboration from the Aerospace Systems Company, Energy System and Plant Engineering Company, and Corporate Technology Division. Kawasaki created a supercharged engine with high output, yet manageable power delivery. The water-cooled DOHC 4-valve parallel 4-cylinder 998cc supercharged engine of the Z H2 has been tuned to showcase high-performance throughout the rpm range. Its wide powerband creates optimal low-mid range torque for light handling and all out supercharged performance on the top end. Smooth acceleration in the low to mid rpm range was achieved by shortening the second reduction ratio and optimizing the valve timing. In the chamberless exhaust system, an increase in the tube length of the manifold assembly further improves the output in the low to mid rpm range. Where torque is more apparent, in the low to mid rpm range, the supercharged engine emphasizes easy-to-handle throttle response and smooth acceleration, while in the high-rpm range as the speed increases, the power from the supercharged engine is brought to the forefront. The Z H2 also features a ram air intake. The air duct provides a clean path for air flowing linearly from the ram air intake to the supercharged engine, contributing to higher performance.

The street specific Z H2 supercharger design and tuning were developed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) showcasing the in-house knowledge of forced induction engine performance. The supercharger’s high efficiency and minimal heat gain meant an intercooler was unnecessary, allowing savings in both weight and space. The supercharger is located centrally in the best position to evenly distribute the compressed air to all four cylinders.

The supercharger is driven by a planetary gear train, which runs off the crankshaft. The gear train increases the impeller speed up to 9.2x the crank speed (1.15x step gear with an 8x planetary gear).

Transmission
The Z H2 uses a dog-ring transmission that has been developed through feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team and utilizes optimal gear ratios for street performance. Rather than shifting the gears into place, the gears in this configuration stay in place, with the lightweight dog-rings moving to engage the gears. This design allows the shifting effort to be lighter and shorter for quicker acceleration.

Assist & Slipper Clutch
Complementing the transmission is an Assist & Slipper clutch, race-inspired technology that offers both a back-torque limiting function as well as a light feel at the lever.
The Assist function is noticed by the lighter pull at the clutch lever, helping to reduce rider fatigue especially in stop and go traffic situations.

The Slipper function is noticed when excessive engine braking occurs as a result of quick or accidental downshifts. The slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart, which relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tire from hopping and skidding.

Chassis
A specially designed, lightweight trellis frame delivers both light handling and excellent straight-line stability. The chassis offers excellent maneuverability while harnessing the massive supercharged power of the Z H2 engine. The compact naked model frame has a high-level of balance between flexibility and toughness so that you can ride on a variety of roads.

The new high-tensile steel frame utilizes wheelbase and caster angle dimensions that showcase the light, sporty handling unique to the Z H2. By achieving the desired riding position and center of gravity, the frame and suspension of the Z H2 performs well across a range of speeds.

A double-supported style of swingarm was chosen for the Z H2, similar to those found on Kawasaki supersport models. It offers the high rigidity and lightweight construction necessary for high performance. The swingarm mounting plate is located on the back of the engine, enabling it to play the role of a cross member in the frame, contributing to rigidity and weight reduction.


Suspension
Complementing the chassis design, the Z H2 motorcycle is equipped with the Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) fork. Combining the concepts of Showa SFF and BPF, this advanced fork offers both racetrack performance and everyday usability.

The Showa SFF-BP offers smooth action at the beginning of the stroke that contributes to excellent composure under braking. The large-diameter damping piston is much larger than what is found in a cartridge-type fork of the same size. The result is greater control as the fork begins to compress and a very calm attitude change as vehicle weight shifts forward when reducing speed, offering greater chassis stability on corner entry. The settings can be adjusted according to the rider’s size and the riding conditions.

The rear is held up by a Uni-Trak® swingarm system and Showa shock. This combination ensures performance in all speed ranges and achieves a strong withstanding force by maintaining hold in the suspension stroke even under high-adrenaline riding.

Brakes & Wheels
The Z H2 pursues ease of handling from low and medium speeds up to high speeds, and for that reason, a high performance brake system is required. On the front, Brembo monobloc calipers are used and consist of a highly rigid one-piece structure that is machined from a cast aluminum block, boasting a strong braking force. Radially mounting the caliper provides even higher levels of performance.

Nissin master cylinders provide excellent functionality suitable to the characteristics of the Z H2 by applying Kawasaki’s unique settings. Deceleration can be controlled from various speed ranges as well as controlling the starting point for changing body posture when needed.

The lightweight 17” wheels are equipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tires, front and rear. The front tire is a 120/70ZR17 M/C 58W; the rear tire is a 190/55ZR17 M/C 75W.

Ergonomics
A relaxed riding position has been created by a combination of an upright handlebar shape and a seat with an optimized base plate and cushion thickness. This design provides a high degree of freedom for riding posture and low vibration, allowing for a pleasant and comfortable ride. Adding to the Z H2 motorcycle’s comfort and strength is a fat-type handlebar and handle switches.

Electronics & Rider Aids
The strength of Kawasaki’s cutting-edge electronics has always been the highly sophisticated programming that uses minimal hardware to give the ECU an accurate real-time picture of what the chassis is doing and what the rider wants, to best support the rider’s inputs with a natural feel. Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modeling software including input from a compact Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF) monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner to assist riders in holding their intended line through the corner. The Z H2 utilizes the input from multiple sensors to optimize ride quality via the Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM) and the Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System (KIBS).

Electronic Cruise Control
The Z H2 is equipped with electronic cruise control, which improves the overall comfort for those long days on the road. The cruise control system enables riders to set and maintain their desired speed with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle to maintain speed. The cruise control helps to reduce ride fatigue when traveling long distances, allowing the rider to relax and enjoy cruising, contributing to a high level of riding comfort.

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)
The Z H2 features a highly reliable contactless-type quick shifter that allows for ultra quick, full power upshifts and seamless acceleration. The system detects that the shift lever has been actuated, and sends a signal to the ECU to cut ignition so that the next gear can be engaged for clutchless shifting.

Power Mode Selection
Riders can set power delivery to suit conditions and/or preference, choosing from Full, Middle and Low. Middle Power is 75% of Full Power, while Low Power is 50% of Full Power.

Styling
The styling of the Z series flagship Z H2 has been shaped according to Sugomi design concept and the minimalist bodywork that Kawasaki’s Z series lineup of motorcycles is known for. Sugomi describes the unique aura that radiates from beings possessing compelling presence and unrivalled power. Featuring a low crouching stance and the asymmetry of the air intake duct installed on the left side of the vehicle body, the Z H2 intensely and aggressively emphasizes the identity of Sugomi design. Only the air intake duct and the under cowl are asymmetrical, all other design work represents accurate symmetry, giving the Z H2 a well-balanced and highly harmonious design.

The supercharger housing is visible from the outside thanks to the naked model concept that does not have a cowl covering the motorcycle’s body. Providing a glimpse of the supercharger between the frame makes for a more impressive appearance.

The Z H2 is equipped with an LED headlight and taillight. The bulbs low power consumption and high durability improve maintainability while providing high-light intensity and high illumination. A clean headlight beam spread contributes to visibility of the rider’s surroundings. The frame-mounted headlamps also influence the styling around the front and create an innovative look that is different from previous naked models.


TFT Color Instrumentation
The 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumentation gives the cockpit of the Z H2 motorcycle a high-tech, high-grade appearance. The full-color display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology and delivers a high level of visibility. Display functions include: digital speedometer, gear position indicator, shift indicator, odometer, dual trip meter, fuel gauge, remaining range, current/average fuel consumption, outside temperature, coolant temperature, clock, Economical Riding Indicator, IMU indicator, KIBS indicator, boost pressure and boost temperature.

Smartphone Connectivity
Kawasaki continues to offer its Z lineup the addition of Smartphone Connectivity. A chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using RIDEOLOGY THE APP*, a number of instrument functions can be accessed, logged, and reviewed contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. The following information can be viewed:
1. Vehicle Info
• Check latest status update
2. Riding Log
• Can be logged in detail, and played back for review
• Route, Distance & Time traveled can be logged for review
• Riding conditions can be recorded in detail
3. Telephone Notifications
• Provides a notification on dash when a call or mail is received by smartphone
4. Tuning
• General instrument display setting changes can be made on your smartphone
• Kawasaki Riding Management modes can be set

The app can also be used when away from the motorcycle. When riding (with the app ON), the bike and smartphone are always connected and riding log data is being recorded by the app. After ride is complete, the latest riding information is stored by the app and may be viewed on the smartphone. Any changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, will be implemented as soon as the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON.

* RIDEOLOGY THE APP is not intended for use during vehicle operation. Only use RIDEOLOGY THE APP when the vehicle is not being operated and it is safe to do so.

Colors
The 2020 Kawasaki Z H2 is available in: Metallic Spark Black/ Metallic Graphite Gray/ Mirror Coated Spark Black

MSRP
$17,000


Specs


Engine Type: 4-Stroke, 4-Cylinder, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Supercharged
Displacement: 998 cc
Bore & Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 101 lb.-ft @ 9,500 rpm
Compression Ratio: 11.2:1
Fuel System: DFI ® with 40mm Throttle Bodies (4) and Dual Injectors
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: 6-Speed, Dog-Ring
Final Drive: Sealed Chain
Rake/Trail: 24.9° / 4.1 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 4.7 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 5.3 in.
Front Tire Size: 120/70-17
Rear Tire Size: 190/55-17
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Front Suspension: Showa SFF-BP Fork with Adjustable Compression and Rebound Damping, Spring Preload Adjustability, and Top-Out Springs
Rear Suspension: New Uni-Trak ® , Showa Gas-Charged Shock with Adjustable Compression and Rebound Damping, Remote Hand-Turn Preload Adjustability, and Top-Out Spring
Front Brake Type: Dual Semi-Floating 320mm Discs with Radial-Mount, Opposed 4-Piston Calipers
Rear Brake Type: 250mm Disc with Opposed 2 Pistion Caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.0 gal.
Seat Height: 32.7 in.
Curb Weight: 527.0 lb.
Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).
When equipped, California evaporative emissions equipment adds approximately 2.2 pounds.
Warranty: 12 months
Kawasaki Protection Plus: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months





Kawasaki Ninja 650





Kawasaki says:


Kawasaki is no stranger to the pursuit of performance, excitement, and all out fun, and nothing embodies this philosophy more than the new 2020 Ninja® 650 motorcycle. It’s one of the most well balanced motorcycles Kawasaki has produced, blending the fun and easy handling with optimal engine and chassis performance, and the legendary sleek Kawasaki Ninja® styling. For 2020, the new Kawasaki Ninja 650 features the tried and true 650cc parallel twin cylinder power plant and new styling, as well as a high-performance chassis and a full suite of state of the art advanced rider support features.

What makes the Ninja 650 one of the most well-balanced and exciting motorcycles for a daily commute or an afternoon out on some tight, winding, back roads is the strong parallel twin engine and sporty lightweight chassis, which delivers smooth and agile handling.

Developed to offer the ideal blend of sporty performance and everyday versatility for a wide range of riders, the Ninja 650 keeps the good times rolling. The Ninja 650 features sharp, new styling, new LED headlights, TFT color display, smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, as well as several other new updates.

Highlights of the 2020 NINJA 650
- NEW Styling with Twin LED Headlights
- NEW TFT Color Instrumentation
- NEW Smartphone Connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP
- NEW Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 Tires
- NEW Upper Cowl, Windshield, and Passenger Seat

Styling
The sharp new styling of the Ninja 650 gives the motorcycle an even sportier appearance and even stronger Ninja family appearance. Its sleek and sporty design catches the attention of new and seasoned riders alike.
The new upper cowl is wider, with more sleek contours that help create the sporty appearance. Prioritizing a sportier look, the redesigned windshield is now lower and flush-fit with the upper cowl. It’s set at a more upright angle to offer the rider increased wind protection. Another new styling feature to the Ninja 650 is the addition of the twin LED headlights, each featuring low and high beam as well as a position lamp. To further enhance the image of the motorcycle fairing bolts have been replaced by hooks, which create a clean, smooth surface for a high-class appeal.

Increased passenger comfort also complements the new styling of the Ninja 650, with a thicker and wider urethane passenger seat.

TFT Color Instrumentation
The new 4.3” all-digital TFT color instrumentation– a Kawasaki first in the 650cc class – gives the cockpit of the Ninja 650 motorcycle a high-tech, high-grade appearance. The new meter also offers additional features.

The full color display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology, which delivers a high level of visibility. The screen’s background color is selectable (black or white), and screen brightness adjusts automatically to suit available light. Display functions include: digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, shift lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, and Economical Riding Indicator.

Smartphone Connectivity
Another Kawasaki first for the middleweight Ninja® line of motorcycles is the addition of Smartphone Connectivity. A chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using RIDEOLOGY THE APP, a number of instrument functions can be accessed, logged, and reviewed contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. The following information can be viewed:
1. Vehicle Info
- Check latest status update
2. Riding Log
- Can be logged in detail, and played back for review
- Route, Distance & Time traveled can be logged for review
- Riding conditions can be recorded in detail
3. Telephone Notifications
- Provides a notification on dash when a call or mail is received by smartphone
4. Tuning
- General instrument display setting changes can be made on your smartphone

The app can also be used when away from the motorcycle. When riding (with the app ON), the bike and smartphone are always connected and riding log data is being recorded by the app. After your ride, the latest riding information is stored by the app and may be viewed on the smartphone. Any changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, will be implemented as soon as the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON.

Tires
Enhancing performance on the 2020 Ninja 650 are the new Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires, which help to improve upon the lightweight and nimble handling of the Ninja 650.

Accessories
Kawasaki offers a full line of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (KGA) including a larger windshield, helmet lock, TFT meter protection film, Ergo-Fit™ high seat (+30 mm), oil filler cap, tank pad, pillion seat cover, semi-soft panniers, top case, DC outlet (50 W), , U-lock, radiator screen, frame sliders, tank pad, and knee pads.

Colors
The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650 is available in:
- Lime Green / Ebony (Kawasaki Racing Team KRT)
- Metallic Spark Black
- Pearl Blizzard White

MSRP
Starting at $7,399 (Non-ABS)


Specs


Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Parallel Twin
Displacement: 649 cc
Bore & Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 48.5 lb. ft @ 6,500 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Fuel Injection: DFI® with Keihin 36mm Throttle Bodies (2)
Transmission: 6-Speed with Positive Neutral Finder
Final Drive: Sealed Chain
Rake/Trail: 24˚/3.9 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 4.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 5.1 in.
Front Tire Size: 120/70-17
Rear Tire Size: 160/60-17
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Front Suspension: 41mm Hydraulic Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension: Horizontal Back-link with Adjustable Preload
Front Brake Type: Dual 300mm Petal Disc with 2-Piston Caliper
Rear Brake Type: Single 220mm Petal Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.0 gal.
Seat Height: 31.1 in.
Curb Weight: 419.0 / 423 4(ABS) lbs.
Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).
Warranty: 12 months
Kawasaki Protection Plus: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months





Kawasaki W800 and W800 Cafe





Kawasaki says:


The all-new Kawasaki W800 is Kawasaki’s latest addition to Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.’s retro lineup of motorcycles. It’s a true throwback to its 1960’s predecessor, the famed Kawasaki W1.

For 2020, Kawasaki brings class-leading authentic styling, sound, and feel to the category of retro motorcycles. In building the W800, Kawasaki has meticulously crafted one of the most authentic retro bikes in appearance and design, paying homage to the past, all while tastefully incorporating modern technology and features. With the arrival of the W800, riders in search of a taste of history can now enjoy two flavors of W, the W800 and the W800 CAFE.

Developed for riders in search of a well-rounded bike that is not only rich in history and character, but also packed with modern technology, the W800 is powered by an air-cooled 773cc vertical twin engine, and features an updated modern double-cradle frame design and modern suspension components that bring an unmatched level of authenticity and performance to the retro motorcycle category.

The sleek sweeping contours and meticulous fit and finish of the W1 redefined the standards of motorcycle design in the 1960’s Kawasaki has applied the same meticulous attention to detail in building the W800, from the iconic appearance of the air-cooled bevel gear driven vertical twin engine to the elegant gas tank and muffler design, all the way down to the retro themed wheels.

The W800 motorcycle is packed with plenty of modern technology, such as the clean running engine, ABS brakes, Assist and Slipper Clutch, Kawasaki advanced analysis designed frame, and an LED headlamp.

Highlights of the 2020 W800:
- Iconic W1 Inspired Styling
- Relaxed, Vintage-Style Riding Position
- 773cc Air-Cooled Vertical Twin Engine
- Kawasaki Advanced Dynamic Analysis Designed Frame
- Large, 19-Inch Front Wheel
- Assist & Slipper Clutch

Iconic, Powerful Vertical Twin Engine & Transmission
The W800 motorcycle features a 773cc air-cooled, fuel injected, SOHC, vertical twin-engine configuration, with a bore and stroke of 77.0 mm x 83.0 mm, which offers plenty of low-mid range performance and torque. The engine utilizes a heavy-flywheel that was chosen to create the strong low-mid range torque character. The fuel injection offers precise fuel delivery to the engine, clean emissions, as well as easy starting. A pair of 34 mm throttle bodies have been arranged to ensure a straight line from the airbox to the cylinders. Long, slim intake funnels deliver enhanced low-mid range performance. The engine also utilizes sub-throttles that aid in reduced noise emissions and help ensure ideal engine response. To ensure broad, widespread, responsive power a bevel gear cam drive and SOHC four-valve per head configuration was chosen. A slick-shifting five-speed transmission has a gear for any occasion a rider may encounter.

The classic, retro muffler design is comprised of smooth curves and long, straight flowing lines. The peashooter-style silencers with slim chambers and long tailpipes contribute to the bike’s classic look. The mufflers emit the throaty exhaust note for which parallel twin engines are famous. The twin mufflers were carefully tuned to bring out the engine note of the vertical twin 360-degree crankshaft configuration, which was also used in Kawasaki’s original W1 to create a hearty roar that complements every twist of the throttle.

In building the W800, creating a beautiful engine was a key concept when designing the air-cooled vertical twin. The classic-styled engine is lightweight, playful, simple and a joy to behold. The iconic bevel-gear-driven cam adds beauty to the cylinder head while also contributing to the engine’s classic retro styling and appearance. The chrome bevel-gear cover on the mostly silver engine of the W800 draws attention to the engine’s classic form and inherent beauty. The fuel injection components have been cleverly concealed, giving the engine bay a clean, uncluttered appearance. The rich appearance and character of the engine are nicely complemented when coupled with the strong bottom-end response, enhancing the timeless pleasure derived from riding a classic motorcycle.

Assist & Slipper Clutch
Complementing the transmission is an Assist & Slipper Clutch, race-inspired technology that offers both a light feel at the lever as well as a back-torque limiting function.

The assist function is noticed by the lighter pull at the clutch lever, helping to reduce rider fatigue especially in stop and go traffic situations.

The slipper function is noticed when excessive engine braking occurs as a result of quick or accidental downshifts. The slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart, which relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help reduce rear wheel hop or skidding.

Chassis
The double-cradle frame design is reminiscent of that of its predecessor, and was designed using Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic analysis software to determine the rigidity required for each piece of tubing to ensure optimized performance. Then, while keeping the pipe outer diameters unchanged, the pipe thicknesses were adjusted as necessary.

The double-cradle frame configuration uses a sturdy, 50 mm square-section backbone to give the W800 a very confident ride quality and well-balanced overall design. Complementing the 50 mm square-section backbone, round downtubes were chosen to enhance the retro appearance. Gussets and brackets were kept to a minimum for improved aesthetics and reduced weight. Round tubes with a smooth finish and minimum welds and gussets contribute to the high-quality appearance. A highly rigid swingarm design further enhances handling qualities while minimizing weight.

Suspension
Staying true to the retro appearance while incorporating modern handling, the W800 motorcycle is equipped with a large diameter front fork with stiff springs, a highly rigid lower triple-clamp and sturdy dual shocks to complement the more rigid new frame.

A telescopic front fork features 41mm tubes that easily soak up bumps on well-travelled city streets. The dual rear shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload offer a smooth ride and clean look.

Brakes & Wheels
Handling the stopping duties of the W800 is a full disc brake setup featuring modern ABS. The strong and responsive stopping power comes via a large-diameter 320 mm front disc paired with a 270 mm rear disc.

To maintain the classic appearance as well as handling of a true vintage machine, large 19” front and 18” rear wheels were chosen, providing a balance of relaxed, light turning and straight-line stability. The large front wheel contributes to a characteristic unhurried steering feeling. The sturdy, lightweight aluminum rims are highly resistant to corrosion. The spokes and nipples are treated with a coating which allows dirt and grime to be simply wiped off. Tube-type tires offer a traditional tread pattern and plenty of traction.

Ergonomics
The W800 features a relaxed riding position, more upright than the sporty, forward leaning position of the W800 CAFE. The W800 also features a long, comfortable tuck and roll seat with thick, ribbed padding and offers plenty of room for both the rider and a passenger. The front of the seat was shaped to facilitate the reach to the ground and the seat features piping around the edge. For increased rider comfort, the W800 has been equipped with a five position adjustable clutch lever and four position adjustable front brake lever to enable riders to fine-tune lever position.

Styling
The W800’s engine features a raw aluminum look, drawing attention to its classic form and inherent beauty. The engine’s iconic bevel-gear cover is finished in chrome, adding a sparking highlight, while the steel piece throttle body cover is finished in a rich black paint.

The chassis of the W800 follows the design concept of simplicity, functionality, and elegance. Large diameter, spoked wheels and a traditional steel double-cradle frame create a well-balanced package with classic proportions. On the fuel tank, chrome tank emblems complement the lustrous paint and knee pads feature the same design as the W800 CAFE.

The faces on the classic dual-dial instrumentation feature model-specific typeface, reflecting the classic character of the W800. Large, 170 mm LED round turn signals have been fitted with orange lenses, adding to the classic styling. Chrome turn signal bodies contribute to the motorcycle’s high-quality looks.

Front and rear fenders are formed from steel and are chrome-plated for long life and great looks, utilizing traditional styling. Several other chrome parts have been added to highlight the W800’s brilliant paint, including: the handlebar, headlamp brackets, mirrors, chain cover, shift lever, brake pedal and oil filter cover. A buff and clear-coat finishing treatment on the fork outer tubes and engine’s crankcase cover also contribute to the W800’s high-quality appearance. The bright pieces help give the bike a lighter, more nimble look.

Instrumentation
The W800 is equipped with traditional instrumentation, which includes an individual speedometer and tachometer with classic display. A multi-function LCD screen incorporates an odometer, trip meter, and clock. A full range of indicator lamps include: FI warning lamp, dual turn signal indicators, low fuel level indicator, high beam indicator, neutral indicator, and oil pressure warning lamp. Compact switchgear, designed to add a vintage touch, gives the handlebars a light, uncluttered appearance, but beneath the retro-styled exterior, modern internals ensure the reliable performance of the W800.

Accessories
A number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (KGA) will allow riders to personalize the looks of their W800 or offer added comfort or convenience. Those include grip heaters, helmet lock, tie-down hooks, chrome small engine guard, chrome rear carrier, chrome large tandem grip, chrome throttle body cover, and chrome taillight bracket. The seats from other W800 models are interchangeable, making the CAFE seat an easy option for riders looking to personalize their ride.

Colors
The 2020 Kawasaki W800 is available in Candy Cardinal Red

MSRP
W800: $9,199


Specs:


All specs for non-cafe model.
Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Air-Cooled, SOHC, 4-Valve Cylinder Head, Vertical-Twin
Displacement: 773 cc
Bore and Stroke: 77.0 x 83.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 46.3 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 rpm
Compression Ratio: 8.4:1
Fuel Injection: DFI® with Dual 34mm Keihin Throttle Bodies (2)
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: 5-Speed with Positive Neutral Finder
Final Drive: Sealed Chain
Rake/Trail: 27˚/4.3 in
Front Wheel Travel: 5.1 in
Rear Wheel Travel: 4.2 in
Front Tire Size: 100/90-19
Rear Tire Size: 130/80-18
Wheelbase: 57.7
Front Suspension: 41mm Hydraulic Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension: Dual Shock with Ajustable PreLoad
Front Brake Type: Single 320mm Disc with 2-Piston Caliper
Rear Brake Type: Single 270mm Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.0 gal.
Seat Height: 31.1 in
Curb Weight: 496.1 lb.
Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).
When equipped, California evaporative emissions equipment adds approximately 2.2 pounds.
Warranty: 12 months
Kawasaki Protection Plus: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months







Click here to visit our forums to discuss this story

Tags: 2020, kawasaki, new models

In Our Forums


Headlines