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Loop 09-18-2012 05:51 PM

Kawasaki W800 - Fresh From The Box
Well I recently traded in my tired old Bandit for a lovely new Kawasaki W800 and what a fantastic bike it is. Picked it up Friday but was working over the weekend so no chance to use it other than for commuting but I now have a week off so I took it out today and yesterday to play a little. Took it down my favourite back-water roads and along some light trails and had a whale of a time. Here are some pictures:

Through the woods:

Further through the woods:

Along some broken up back-roads:

And again:

And by some waste ground:

Hardly high adventure I know but it's my new bike, humour me. :P

dave6253 09-18-2012 06:00 PM

Lovely bike.

ScottRS 09-18-2012 06:03 PM

Wow! She's a real beauty. Wonder if the W800 will make it to the US market.

jrunberg 09-18-2012 06:06 PM

US bound?
Doubt it, unfortunately...

gumshoe4 09-18-2012 08:50 PM

What a beautiful machine...

Wish they'd bring it here...

Glad you have it and are having such a great time on it...

ZZ-R Rider 09-19-2012 03:17 AM

My God that is one gorgeous motorcycle!! Wonder if we could get Kawasaki to introduce it to North America if we started an email campaign?

Scrivens 09-19-2012 05:52 AM

One of the nicest bikes I've owned out of 60-odd, and just about the perfect big twin if you grew up riding British iron. I put over 6000km on mine in the first 7 weeks I owned it - then slowed down a bit while recovering from a minor accident on my Sportster. I'm currently rolling up about 1200km a month, but it has been a very wet winter. Fantastic economy, handles nicely and it is small and light with a lot of torque. I look forward to getting on mine every day - even riding to work is a blast.

I run Dunlop K70s on mine now as I do a lot of gravel roads and they work far better than the TT100s. K70s handle well if you are used to them too.

The one thing they do need is a decent sound - easily got by taking a hole saw to the muffler tail-pipe and cutting out the band around the inner pipe. (If you don't have a high quality hole saw you can use a small drill bit and simply make a lot of holes in the band and the cut it out with a small punch.) Once that is cut through the baffle simply wiggles out. Remove the remains of the band from the end of the baffle - and inside the tailpipe if you didn't cut it right to the metal - drill a small hole about 1 1/2" in from the end, and a corresponding hole in the underside of the tailpipe, slide the baffle back in and use a short self-tapping roofing screw to hold the baffle in place. Takes a bit of fiddling to get the inner pipe central in the tailpipe as the self tapper bites and screws fully in, but only a couple of minutes. That gives a low burble at idle and a deep burble underway. If you want to go for a slightly louder, deeper sound drill 8 x 1/4" holes about 2" apart in 4 equidistant (ie, quadrant) rows down the baffle. Neither of these make the noise level obnoxious - it is about on par with a standard BSA or Triumph system, and sounds very similar. Leaving the baffle out entirely doesn't make it overly loud, but the sound is a bit harsher. You might also want to stick a marble in the air injection hose between the cylinders as it causes a lot of popping on the overrun as the air goes into the exhaust. (Sounds similar to a badly leaking exhaust gasket.) Not worth removing all the bits and using block plates, and the EFI requires the air-injection electronic unit under the tank to be connected anyway or the error light will come on.

TonyKZ1 09-19-2012 06:22 AM

Congrats on the new bike, it looks great!

internalcombust 09-19-2012 06:53 AM

Looks like a lot of fun.

dilandau 09-19-2012 07:59 AM

what the new bonnie should have looked like.

Wolfgang55 09-19-2012 08:36 AM

How much does that 800 cost?

Loop 09-19-2012 11:15 AM

Just a polite question but why was this moved? Considering there are more than a few photos, some off-road, I thought pics pics pics was the correct place. Enlighten me so I know the difference for future reference. Thanks.

sargev55 09-19-2012 12:32 PM


the possibilities :clap

chance of getting it in the US = low :cry

sargev55 09-19-2012 12:33 PM


Originally Posted by Loop (Post 19631469)
Just a polite question but why was this moved? Considering there are more than a few photos, some off-road, I thought pics pics pics was the correct place. Enlighten me so I know the difference for future reference. Thanks.

maybe it was done so all the roadwarrior peeps can lust over it :D

625SXC 09-19-2012 12:52 PM

Sweet bike! But.... How much does that GIANT license plate kill your top end speed?:eek1

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