According to the sources, Japanese bike maker Kawasaki has canceled its plan of launching the retro styled W-800 in the Indian market. Last year, the Kawasaki W-800 was spotted at a Pune dealership which gave rise to rumors that the Japanese bike maker will be presenting it in India soon. When we contacted Kawasaki officials regarding the W-800, we were told that one unit of the bike was brought down to get customer feed-back and if the answers were positive they might launch the W-800 in our 2 wheeler space. Sadly for the Kawasaki W-800, its retro styling failed to please the Indian buyers and according to our sources the Japanese bike maker has dropped its plans to launch the bike in India.
With its classic lines harking back to the W-series bikes of the 1970’s the W-800 is an attractive motorbike. Staying true to the old-school design language, the W-800 comes with a round headlights unit, chrome mudguards, twin pod meters and highlights. It has spooked wheels and a pair of peashooter exhausts. While it looks old-school from the outside, the Kawasaki motorcycle is powered by a modern 73-cc air cooled vertical twin mill with fuel injection that develops 48 BHP of power and 60 Nm of highest torque. The motor is mated to a 5 speed gear-box. Talking about cycle parts, the motorbike features magnifying forks and twin dampers at the back. Braking duties are handled by a 300mm disc brake at the front and a drum brake unit at the back, which was a hot subject of debate among India bikers. Well, the debate has to end as the W800 will not be heading to our shores. Not to mention, the task on its hand was always a difficult one as it was challenging against the likes of the Road King Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Triumph Street Twin.