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2016 W800 SE


Seductive Retro Package

Mixing high tech with heritage in one seductive retro package, the W800, with classic, class leading features, makes sound, simple sense in a complicated motorcycling world

The W800, in both looks and feel, stands on the shoulders of the legendary Kawasaki W1, the model that started a brand that spans 45 years. Dark and interesting, the W800 Special Edition mixes matt and gloss black surfaces with black anodised style rims, detail features and subtle highlights into an intoxicating cocktail.

It offers components meticulously crafted down to the smallest detail and a feeling of authentic quality that can only come from using metal parts. The rumbling of the air-cooled Vertical Twin engine and the distinct handling that comes with large-diameter wheels pays homage to the magnificent machines from an older generation, gone but not forgotten.


Vertical Twin Rich in character

The W800 produces loads of feel-good pulse from the Vertical Twin engine displacing 773cm³ The strong low-mid range torgue enhances the unhurried pleasure of the vintage ride. Black engine parts - Contrast and compare. The W800 Special Edition shines thanks to an air-cooled black vertical twin engine and clever highlights. Iconic bevel-gear-driven cam adds classic beauty to the engine. Electronic Fuel Injection - The W800 features a fuel injection system that does not take away from the vintage look of the motorcycle. It also provides reliability, precise fuel metering, clean emissions and easy starting.

Large Diameter Wheels

The 19" front and 18" rear wheels add to the classic appearance of the W800. The 19" front provides that classic handling feel with a fine balance of relaxed, light turning and straight line stability. Wheel rims - Black anodised style wheel rims, just one subtle way the W800 Special Edition stands apart from the crowd

Traditional Instrumentation

Separate speedometer and tachometer are complemented by a simple LCD screen and a complete set of indicator lamps. Easy to read, informative and the ultimate blend of heritage charm with modern riding requirements.

2016 W800 Special Edition

Finished in Black with crinkle finish on fuel injection cover and bevel drive cover.

2016 W800 Special Edition

Black wheel rims, chrome fenders, white seat piping, side covers with V-Twin logo and fuel tank with Special Edition logo.

Classic Seat Design

The W800's deeply padded seat features classic ribbed padding and colour matched wire piping for a custom look straight from the factory. Long, comfortable seat with thick, ribbed padding has plenty of room for rider and passenger. Urethane at the front of the seat was shaped to facilitate the reach to the ground. The black chrome finished passenger grips add a quality touch.

Attention to Detail

Small details like the steel chain guard, elegant muffler design, sculpted fuel tank and steel fenders all help give the W800 its stunning vintage look. The centre stand is a standard item on the W800. Metal parts have been used in favour of plastic throughout the W800. Corrosion-resistant parts have been selected to maintain its long term charm. Matt black exhaust - Talk softly, but speak strong. Cool matt black exhausts sound good and add subtle streetwise character.

Historic Roots

The W800 SE Black Edition is the latest model in a brand that spans 50 years with Kawasaki's original W1 debuting in 1966. It was the largest displacement Japanese model of its time. The W800 owes its pedigree to a long line of predecessors such as the 1968 W2SSE shown here.


Type Air-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin
Displacement 773 cm³
Bore and Stroke 77 x 83.0 mm
Compression ratio 8.4:1
Valve system SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 34 mm x 2 with sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump


Transmission 5-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.353 (40/17)
  2nd 1.590 (35/22)
  3rd 1.240 (31/25)
  4th 1.000 (28/28)
  5th 0.851 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 2.467 (37/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 130 mm
  rear 106 mm
Tyre: front 100/90-19M/C (57H)
  rear 130/80-18M/C (66H)
Caster (rake) 27°
Trail 108 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 37° / 37°


Front: Type 39 mm telescopic fork
Rear: Type Twin shocks with 5-way adjustable preload (Adjustable ride height)


Front: Type Single 300 mm disc
  Caliper Dual piston
Rear: Type Drum, 160mm


Overall length 2,190 mm
Overall width 790 mm
Overall height 1,075 mm
Wheelbase 1,465 mm
Ground clearance 125 mm
Seat height 790 mm
Curb mass 217 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 14 litres



The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.