Kawasaki W800

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by A Knight Who Says Ni, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Backlund

    Backlund Long timer

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    I don't 'love' it at all, but in the case of my Triumph Thruxton R, I accept it. It's just what they do.

    My W800 is a different matter, the header pipes are not supposed to discolor. I've owned many motorcycles with double-walled chrome steel exhaust headers. None, that I can recall, developed discoloured header pipes.

    It's not the end of the world, and can probably be managed with a little work. If not, I'll try to get it warrantied.
  2. Backlund

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    I really like my W800, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's the cool bike I've always wanted.

    There's about twenty on that list.
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  3. Backlund

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    Today's W800 'Glamour shot'...
    IMG_20210617_100845171_HDR.jpg
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  4. DevilDogDoc

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    Hello all!! Love the forum been lurking fir weeks now. Riding a sweet red 2020 W that I’m just about over the moon with. Quick question, any leads on a backrest for this thing? I’ve searched high and low and can’t find a thing for it.
    Thanks for any input!!
  5. Backlund

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    Once you own a W800, you will be amazed to find how little in the way of aftermarket, and even Kawasaki factory add-ons are available for this machine, at least I was.

    Welcome to the club.
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  6. DevilDogDoc

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    That’s what I’ve been discovering, such a nice bike with so little aftermarket here.
  7. Haven't Ben There

    Haven't Ben There restless soul

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    Webbike Japan may have something.
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  8. JETalmage

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    Around 265 miles range before low fuel warning. Secure mounting. Quick and easy removal / installation at will, without tools:

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    Parts cost: ~$150
    • Acerbis 1.6 gallon Rear Auxiliary Fuel Tank
    • 2 quick-disconnect fuel line fittings
    • A few fasteners
    • Some material from the 'Idea Fodder Scrap Collection' (for the brackets)

    Labor cost: One Saturday's worth of backyard engineering

    JET
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  9. kaertner

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    What 'aftermarket' do you need? It looks great straight from the factory.
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  10. DevilDogDoc

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    A backrest so my old lady quits saying she’s gonna slide off the back
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  11. AHRMA17L

    AHRMA17L Been here awhile Supporter

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    www.omegaracer used to make one, although it was small. I have one of their racks without the pad that you might be be to use as a base to build a full backrest. New--I just never got around to installing it on the W. 1624027882582604657916431947209.jpg 16240279154927768375905697410190.jpg
  12. DevilDogDoc

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    That’s what I’m talking about right there. I sent them an email asking about that and they said to send a picture of what I was thinking about. I’m sure I could get a pad to fit that one though. How much are you thinking for it?
  13. DevilDogDoc

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    534FE6F0-A724-4BBC-91B7-92887390843A.jpeg I just put the Kawa factory one on, it’s a little better I suppose…,
  14. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    For some reason I couldn't view your picture. Sounded interesting.
  15. JETalmage

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    A pair of simple chrome standoffs for soft saddlebags—just like the ones Triumph offers for the Bonneville. (Simple, 1-piece single bend; bolts to top shock mounts and passenger peg brackets.)

    JET
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  17. kaertner

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    Just strap a bag onto the factory rack.
  18. JETalmage

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    I said soft saddlebags. The top of my factory rack is occupied. The purpose of the simple loops is to keep soft saddlebags from swinging inward against the tire and from scrubbing against the shocks.

    JET
  19. kaertner

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    Well, the bike wasn't designed to take saddlebags otherwise Kawasaki would have provided an accessory for that. Any kind of racks, hoops etc will detract from the bike's aesthetics which is probably the reason they're not available as a factory product.
  20. AHRMA17L

    AHRMA17L Been here awhile Supporter

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    I also have
    It was $129 new from Omega Racer, plus something like $45 to ship from Thailand.

    How does $100 shipped in the CONUS sound?