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Old 08-27-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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Kawasaki W800

If this was actually imported to the US, Triumph could have some serious competition in the modern classics market. Although I have my doubts given what Honda did with the CB1100.

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Old 08-27-2010, 11:51 AM   #2
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Needs ABS.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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-and a comfortable seat and dual disks.
I guess the tank is better than the stock W650- but still...

Good start, I guess- but I didn't really see anything wrong with the 650.
I'm tired of bigger is better. (After a certain point, I don't think it is)
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:07 PM   #4
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Cool bike, but it doesn't need ABS or dual disks What it needs is a kick-starter, then it'd be a bitchin' adventure bike!
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:09 PM   #5
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dual disks.
overkill for a 60bhp 800. Plus they will need to stay within a price point to compete with bonnevilles




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I didn't really see anything wrong with the 650.
I'm tired of bigger is better. (After a certain point, I don't think it is)
I don't think kawi thought there was much wrong with it either, but it didn't sell.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:41 PM   #6
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Hell Yeah!

Warning, tired ol coot rant. ABS????????? Give me a break! Like your going to speed race THAT bike????

I grow tired of the trend to want MORE and more. ABS, duel disks, detachable bags that have homing devices, cup holders, refrigerators, air compressors, AIR BAGS???????????????

When did the simple motor, 2 wheels, a seat and handle bars, oh yeah a gas tank get out of vogue????

I will keep my sporty and love it.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:49 PM   #7
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Is that for real? I'd buy one with metal fenders.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:49 PM   #8
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I had a Kawasaki W650 it was a fun bike that turned a lot of heads.. I really like the look of the W800
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:50 PM   #9
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The only thing the W800 needs is to be sold in the U.S. I would buy one and I'll bet a whole lot of middle age riders would also. Are you hearing me, Kawasaki?
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:53 PM   #10
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Warning, tired ol coot rant. ABS????????? Give me a break! Like your going to speed race THAT bike????
Because ABS only works on really fast bikes.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:09 PM   #11
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Warning, tired ol coot rant. ABS????????? Give me a break! Like your going to speed race THAT bike????

I grow tired of the trend to want MORE and more. ABS, duel disks, detachable bags that have homing devices, cup holders, refrigerators, air compressors, AIR BAGS???????????????

When did the simple motor, 2 wheels, a seat and handle bars, oh yeah a gas tank get out of vogue????

I will keep my sporty and love it.

More complexity does not for a better bike make. I hear you. But I do like ABS because it works!
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:26 AM   #12
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Warning, tired ol coot rant. ABS????????? Give me a break! Like your going to speed race THAT bike????

I grow tired of the trend to want MORE and more. ABS, duel disks, detachable bags that have homing devices, cup holders, refrigerators, air compressors, AIR BAGS???????????????

When did the simple motor, 2 wheels, a seat and handle bars, oh yeah a gas tank get out of vogue????

I will keep my sporty and love it.
Agreed!
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:06 PM   #13
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Warning, tired ol coot rant. ABS????????? Give me a break! Like your going to speed race THAT bike????
You kind of miss the point of abs.
It's not a performance enhancing accessory, and it's application has nothing to do with racing.
The fact is that situations where reflexes take over from logical thought processes can take place at 30mph just as easily as they can at 130mph.
To anyone who tells me that no one needs abs, I say this.
When you ride, do you always wear a helmet, gloves, a sturdy jacket, full protective gear ?
If the answer to that is yes, then why ?
Why do you NEED to wear those things if you're not going to make a mistake.
Is it because you lack faith in your ability to stay upright ?
Or is it perhaps that you accept that no matter how competant and experienced you are, sometimes sitations can arise that are beyond your control, so when riding, it's best to afford yourself as much protection possible.
Case for abs rested.
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:07 AM   #14
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Warning, tired ol coot rant. ABS????????? Give me a break! Like your going to speed race THAT bike????
Most of the rest of your rant I agree with, but the ABS bit, well, you don't have to be doing The Ton to have your front wheel lose traction.

You're riding home from a rough day at work, it's 11 at night, light rain, you come around a corner at a *rational* speed, and there's a couple cops with their lights on, and pieces of car and stuff all over the road. (that one was hypothetical)

Or you're at a stoplight, and the light turns green. You don't see any traffic close (and keep in mind you have the green) so you accelerate briskly (it's a bleeding BIKE) as you enter the first lane you realise the jack a* in the second lane that you now see is traveling considerably over the speed limit and is NOT going to stop unless he pops a tire driving over your motorcycle, so you grab a handful of brake and start steering. You can feel the ABS kick in, but you're trying like f* to break the target fixation and NOT get killed. In this case the ABS keeps your front end more or less under the handlebars, and you wind up with a small case of the shakes. (that one is NOT hypothetical).

I can live without factory bags, heated handgrips, or 150 HP road rockets. ABS? Yeah, I can *probably* live without it. Most of my bikes haven't had it, but frankly if it's an option I'd spend the extra money on it.

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I grow tired of the trend to want MORE and more. ABS, duel disks, detachable bags that have homing devices, cup holders, refrigerators, air compressors, AIR BAGS???????????????

When did the simple motor, 2 wheels, a seat and handle bars, oh yeah a gas tank get out of vogue????
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About 1985 would be my guess. Maybe as late as 88?
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As in Harley?

Dude, seriously. You have a *Harley* and you complain about unnecessary accessories?
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:24 PM   #15
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Warning, tired ol coot rant. ABS????????? Give me a break! Like your going to speed race THAT bike????

I grow tired of the trend to want MORE and more. ABS, duel disks, detachable bags that have homing devices, cup holders, refrigerators, air compressors, AIR BAGS???????????????

When did the simple motor, 2 wheels, a seat and handle bars, oh yeah a gas tank get out of vogue????

I will keep my sporty and love it.
Like this................bigger is NOT always better



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