Kawasaki W800 - Fresh From The Box

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Loop, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    I remember the BSA ads on the back or last page of the bike mags, always had the toughest looking (and least dressed) girls of any ads.

    Looked like they'd been hammered too. :rofl
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  2. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    Er... I think you musta missed the Norton ads. :D
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  3. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    It's already at MSRP, and reserve has not been met. MSRP was $6400. I doubt they will get $8500, but someone else is willing to pay $6400 for it. It's in Vegas, I'm not to far away, I could go pick it up. Tempting, so tempting. Looks like I won't get any sleep tonight. Even the buy it now price is lower than a new Bonneville OTD.

    I remember the Norton Highrider. I really wanted one bad. Real Norton guys won't have anything to do with them. I wouldn't mind having a Commando, but again the cost is unreal for a really nice one. I have no real interest in the Norton/BSA singles. Nice to look at, but I don't think I would want to ride one. They shook worse than a Sportster.
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  4. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Hotness...

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  5. acap650

    acap650 acap650

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    I hear ya. This beauty was raffled off by our local BSA club about 5 years ago, I bought a lot of tickets but sadly did not take it home, guess I'll make do with the W.

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  6. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    I'll have a quiet moan for a minute - that's a very nice A10, '57 or '58 by the looks. Nice to see whoever rebuilt it resisted the temptation to turn it into a fake Road Rocket. I've always liked the 500cc B33 single and I'm currently looking at importing a beautifully restored 1962 M21 sidevalve from the UK to use as a daily rider.

    What I like about the W800 is that the engine feels similar to a well-tuned Thunderbolt; powerful when you open the throttle but not 'cammy' like the Lightning. Compared to the W650 the torque is greater and it comes in a lot lower so the 800 has quite a different feel, and although the hp numbers are similar the redline is at 7000. In comparison to the Brit twins the main difference is the engine doesn't feel as "loose" and revvy as a good Brit. Hard to define, but similar to the different feel between the first drum brake model XS650F-1A Yamaha and the later C and D series models. The early ones were raw, torquey things where every firing pulse was a sharp bang, the later ones were much smoother, more muted and refined - and nowhere near the fun. Damn sight easier to start though...
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  7. acap650

    acap650 acap650

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    Good call, actually a 1955, details here: http://bsa-club-ov.hailwood.com/rafflebike2006.html
    While I'm not a BSA owner I've always enjoyed seeing and hearing them. I try to attend the rally most years and I'm always amazed at the quality of the raffle bikes restorations - can't believe they turn a profit on them. Club info here: http://bsa-club-ov.hailwood.com/

    Good luck and safe riding with your W800.
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  8. Loop

    Loop Mechanicess from Mar

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    Only as an import when they made them. I've never seen one though.
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  9. limeymike

    limeymike Who Me?

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    This one caught my eye on Visordown.com. From the German company LSL.
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  10. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    :drif


    :y0!

    Edit: two more LSL W800's here:

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  11. T-Hall

    T-Hall tilting at windmills

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    I have 1000km on my 2015 Dub and taking it in for the first service. It is a blast to ride. Other than a back rack, side rails for soft bags, Dart Flyscreen, and a replacement cover for that ridiculous left side injector cover I'm leaving it the way it is. I'm no longer interested in buying bikes and then adding all of the performance inhibiting farkles. Besides, this little bike is HEAVY enough at 217kg. The only plastic I've found is the chain guard. The brakes and suspension are just fine for the riding that I'm doing on this bike. As for looks... it probably is the best looking stocker around. The Bonneville looks like the ugly sister next to it.
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  12. Scrivens

    Scrivens Been here awhile

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    They are a bit porky for a basic twin but it's not much of an issue. If you really want to get it below 200kg changing the stock exhaust will lost 6kg plus, and replacing the rear guard, taillight, indicators and a few other bits will get it there. The chain guards on my two 800s are steel, but they are the green/chrome/alloy ones not the blacked out model. The headlight shells are plastic on mine.
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