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Old 09-18-2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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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
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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Lovely bike.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:03 PM   #3
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Wow! She's a real beauty. Wonder if the W800 will make it to the US market.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:06 PM   #4
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US bound?

Doubt it, unfortunately...
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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What a beautiful machine...

Wish they'd bring it here...

Glad you have it and are having such a great time on it...
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:17 AM   #6
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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?
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:52 AM   #7
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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.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:22 AM   #8
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Congrats on the new bike, it looks great!
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:53 AM   #9
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Looks like a lot of fun.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:59 AM   #10
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what the new bonnie should have looked like.
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:36 AM   #11
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How much does that 800 cost?
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:15 AM   #12
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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.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:32 PM   #13
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omg,

the possibilities

chance of getting it in the US = low
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:33 PM   #14
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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
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:52 PM   #15
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Sweet bike! But.... How much does that GIANT license plate kill your top end speed?
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