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Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki W800

4.8 from 8 reviews

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  • Build Quality
    5.0 (3)
  • Value for Money
    4.7 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (3)
  • Mileage 17,500 km
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (3)

Aaron

AaronGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

Expensive but worth it

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Purchased in October 2017 for $3,500.00.

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Dean

DeanMid North Coast, NSW

  • 4 reviews

Great Retro Bike

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Purchased in March 2017.

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Andrew F

Andrew FNorthern Region, NSW

Kawasaki w 800 se

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Purchased in January 2019 for $13,500.00.

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Bob

Bob

  • 2 reviews

Excellent to modify

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One of the easiest bikes to modify to improve look and handeling. Great comeback of the classic W. This bike will give anyone who enjoys a project a lot of options. Easy tune ups and installations of improved parts. I have replaced mudguards, food pegs, mirrors, speedo, handelbar, leavers... You name it. It's looking now better than one of these customs that you buy in a shop. Great project bike for someone who once to get into it... and yes it rides well too.

Date PurchasedSep 2007

Mark Sims

Mark Sims

  • 26 reviews
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W800 : a realistic assessment

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Date PurchasedMar 2017
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MeltingDog

MeltingDog

  • 3 reviews
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Great, authentic 'classic' bike

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S. Kumar

S. KumarChristchurch

Simply gorgeous

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Bought one in NZ, sept 2012. A simple bike for simpler times. Works best at a unhurried speed, with no destination in mind. Screen, panniers will spoil the look in my opinion and there are better suited bikes around. But if you just want something that makes you smile everytime you ride it and have strangers stop to compliment you on your bike, this is it. A keeper.
Useful torque means no need to constantly change gears around town.
Not built for speed or touring in comfort.


The best executed retro ever!

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Questions & Answers

gideon

gideonasked

I have just purchasd a W800 from an estate with only 2400 yes 2,400 ks and it is as new 2015
O driving it home I notice a lot of vibration through the bike
What is the cause of this ??

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Dean
Dean

The twin engine has a bit of vibration... isnt it great! If you are concerned- get a mechanic to check it. There is a chance some bearings are tight after sitting which your bike apparently has.

gideon
gideon

Thank you for your reply
I took it to my motorbike mechanic for a check,still there
Maybe a lighter oil to run it in would help ?
Thanks Colin

Andrew F
Andrew F

hi Gideon - well you've got the right bike, -as it may have been sitting idle for awhile may i suggest you change the oil & fuel otherwise just take her for rides for about an hour have a rest for a while & repeat this aides in the running in process worked for me from new so 2,400 is still new. check your tyre pressure too. Like I said you got the right bike - enjoy. PS: I still have mine & She likes me back-win!


Mark Sims

Mark Simsasked

I will probably change to Pirelli Sport demon in the next few days but I am considering Pilot Activs. Anyone got any thought about whether either are an improvement on the TTs?

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brucie
brucie

I got 12,000 KM out of the original TT100s and then fitted Pilot Activs. I got 18,000 KM out of them and have just fitted a new set because I found they get good wear, they handle great, and unlike the TTs, the rear tyre keeps it's round profile as it wears. I never ride in the rain so I don't know how they perform on wet roads but being Michelins I assume they would be up to scratch.

Mark Sims
Mark Sims

Thanks for your response. I still havent got new tyres. The wear figures that you gave arent surprising. The TTs are meant to be sticky and soft. The roundness of the tyre is interesting. The softness of the TTs might explain them wearing flat....

Both my TTs are original so are 7 years old. The front one has age cracks and is noticeably low on tread. The rear surprisingly is less worn. I've only had the bike for 18 months so I'm not sure what "good" TTs are like.

I'm starting to think that I am going to replace the front only with a TT.....but I might change my mind in 5 minutes.


Cameron

Cameronasked

How does this bike handle short hwy trips (as a daily commute -25km each way)?

Maximum speed I’ll be going is the legal speed - 100 to 110 Koh.

Good for lane splitting in slower city stuff?

Cameron

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S. Kumar
S. Kumar

Excellent, especially with different tyres (I'm not a fan of the Dunlop TT OEM tyres). Longest journey for me in a single day is over 650km with small holdall (3-4 days away). Longer legs are doable but quite tiring due to vibrations, lack of wind protection. Still get off the bike with a smile at how capable it is.

Mark Sims
Mark Sims

I agree with the lack of wind protection and also the upright riding position makes higher speed a little breezy. However the speed limit is ok. I find it pretty light steering for a bike that weighs around 200kg dry.... I think that what it is. It has a low centre of gravity or it feels that way. I dont like the TT tyres either and I'm getting Pirellis this week.

brucie
brucie

It's great for day trips but for a long trip over several days with luggage you would be better off with a purpose built tourer with panniers. It's maximum torque is at 2,500 RPM so it's great in traffic and it's slim enough to lane split with ease. As a bonus you'll get 25 KM per litre or 70 MPG on the open road and not much worse in traffic if you use the torque correctly and don't rev it hard, which you don't really have to with it's long stroke engine.


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