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The Kawasaki is more of a retro bike...with spoke wheels, fork boots, and air cooling. The Triumph is much more of a modern style version. I highly doubt these two bikes even perform much alike. I also don't believe they will appeal to the same buyer.
 

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The Kawasaki is more of a retro bike...with spoke wheels, fork boots, and air cooling. The Triumph is much more of a modern style version. I highly doubt these two bikes even perform much alike. I also don't believe they will appeal to the same buyer.
well if you're looking for a modern cafe racer bike...
 

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I wanted Kawasaki to bring the W800 to the states years ago. Like the W650, this one will probably hold its value well. Too pricey for what you get IMO.
 

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I personally find it to be a wonderful "retro" motorcycle that has all the good things and lacking literally all the "downs" of the modem Triumph and none of the negatives associated with the "classic" Triumph vertical twins. In many ways they (the Kawasaki W650 &W800) out Triumph the Triumph. The ride right, go right, stop right and can be a very proficient everyday rider. They are everything a basic motorcycle is supposed to be. It works for me.
 
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I personally find it to be a wonderful "retro" motorcycle that has all the good things and lacking literally all the "downs" of the modem Triumph and none of the negatives associated with the "classic" Triumph vertical twins. In many ways they (the Kawasaki W650 &W800) out Triumph the Triumph. The ride right, go right, stop right and can be a very proficient everyday rider. They are everything a basic motorcycle is supposed to be. It works for me.
Other than asking price, the downs for me are tube tires and the 360 degree crank.
 

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Well, that's where the latest iteration of the new/ old British vertical twin comes in. The Royal Enfield 650 twins. Their Interceptor and GT are the real things. They have centerstands available too. There's even a dealer close by me in Wichita that sell both marques. Bikers Edge here is a Triumph & a Royal Enfield dealer that was a Victory dealership too before Polaris pulled the plug. Funny (not Ha Ha funny) the big local Wichita Honda Yamaha Suzuki Kawasaki KTM dealership is closing. We have no BMW, Ducati, Aprilla locally here for several years. Harley is still here too with a dealership owned by (better) new ownership.
 

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Resurrecting this thread because W800 cafes are languishing on showroom floors and deal are out there. I finally got to test ride one and look it over carefully in the sun. The same weekend I also rode a Royal Enfield 650, a Triumph Street Twin, and a Moto Guzzi V7 racer cafe.

The fit and finish on the W800 is top notch. I was wrong about the 360 crank. The bike sounded awesome. The bevel drive means no cam chain noise in the engine. The color scheme is not something that makes me go wow in a good way, but the paint does look great in the sun. My only negative is the clubman bars make for a stretched out riding position, whereas the Continental GT and V7 racer raised clipons feel more natural.
Well, one othe minor negative is Kawasaki stuck possibly the ABS module in front of the engine blocking the totally open aspect of the previous generations engine bay.

I do want to own a W800. I think I am going to wait for leftover 2020 models with their bright work and gloss red paint.
 

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Resurrecting this thread because W800 cafes are languishing on showroom floors and deal are out there. I finally got to test ride one and look it over carefully in the sun. The same weekend I also rode a Royal Enfield 650, a Triumph Street Twin, and a Moto Guzzi V7 racer cafe.

The fit and finish on the W800 is top notch. I was wrong about the 360 crank. The bike sounded awesome. The bevel drive means no cam chain noise in the engine. The color scheme is not something that makes me go wow in a good way, but the paint does look great in the sun. My only negative is the clubman bars make for a stretched out riding position, whereas the Continental GT and V7 racer raised clipons feel more natural.
Well, one othe minor negative is Kawasaki stuck possibly the ABS module in front of the engine blocking the totally open aspect of the previous generations engine bay.

I do want to own a W800. I think I am going to wait for leftover 2020 models with their bright work and gloss red paint.
Those cafe racers are a good deal. Swap the handlebars to decrease reach for a more upright riding position.
 

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The are certainly some deals to be had on the 2019 Cafe, and I even found a 2020 marked down 1200 off MSRP.
Yes...as to deals, I finally just bought a brand new 2021 Kawasaki W800 standard today. (the blue one)

The standard price is $11,299 CAD, and they're selling it for $1300 off. It's just too tempting.

There were several dealers that had Blue 2021's a couple of weeks ago, but they have been selling lately at the reduced price. And the blue is very nice looking. The red is okay but I like the blue a lot more.
In Quebec and down East, there are still dealers with blue ones, but they've moved off the floors in Ontario.

I seriously thought about buying a used Triumph, but there wasn't much to chose from, plus every single one of them has pipes that are like 50% blue. I love Triumph but that doesn't mean I think they are perfect.

Triumph also has the charming oddity of no centrestand, no helmet lock, etc. etc. Really.
They want to nickel and dime you to death with extras.

Why did I buy a new W800? Because I know the bike well. I own and ride a W650 and I love it.

My W650 is low mileage and in great shape...but for once I'd like a brand new motorcycle.
 

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I think hey sometimes find a catchy letter combination, and stick with it. Looking for the next spot to use it.

If Suzuki releases a GSXR, we have a pretty good idea of what that will be. That has some meaning. We are not likely to see a GSXR dirt bike.

But then there's Yamaha. They had several years where the naked bikes were Fz's. Fz1, FZ9, FZ10. That was in America. For 2021, those bikes turned into MT 9 or 10.

Not to be confused with the small, naked bikes they sell, in India , that are still called FZ's. And those shouldn't be confused with the FZ600 and FZ 750 which we're full on spot bikes, back in their day, before they turned into "R's".
 
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I'd still like to know what the "W" means or stands for.
 

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Did you see this Kawasaki history page? The W name is old. I didn't know it had been around that long.

 

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Did you see this Kawasaki history page? The W name is old. I didn't know it had been around that long.

here in manitoba they are going at 2000 off, i picked up a 2019 model.
 

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round town its fun, loafing along at 2000rpm is norm. long jaunts are not so good, due to ergos. many stops for stretchings. in all, very much likeing it. just need to find sone decent looking saddlebags.
 
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