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Modernised  Retro Model

When Kawasaki’s original W, the W1, appeared in 1966 it was the largest-displacement Japanese model of its time. Not only did it mark Kawasaki’s first step in becoming a manufacturer of large displacement motorcycles, its design goal of becoming the fastest bike in the world was a precursor to Kawasaki’s Quest for Speed and led to the birth of legendary machines like the Z1, Ninja, ZZR1100 and Ninja H2/H2R. By today’s performance standards the W1 would not be considered a fast bike, but in its day simply riding a big bike was enough to turn heads and earn the respect of fellow riders and pedestrians alike. For riders who prefer a leisurely ride at low speed, with the throbbing pulse and throaty roar of an air-cooled Vertical Twin engine playing counterpoint, Kawasaki is proud to present the new model that was designed to capture the look and feel of this iconic bike from yesteryear. The new W800 CAFE is the latest evolution of a brand that spans 50 years. With numerous parts updated compared to the W800 SE, the W800 CAFE the retro models have been thoroughly modernised to deliver rider-friendly machines with easy handling and good stability on the highway. But not all of the changes are visible – Kawasaki’s dedication to preserving the image of the original model can be seen in the air-cooled Vertical Twin engine that meets strict modern emissions standards, the double-cradle frame with completely revised rigidity care of thicker pipe walls, and the carefully crafted exhaust sound of a Vertical Twin with a 360° crankshaft. For a taste of history, look no further than the W800 CAFE.

Striking Engine Design

Iconic bevel-gear-driven cam and the clean, classic lines of this beautiful air-cooled Vertical Twin make it a key styling element of the W800 CAFE’s design. Long-stroke engine tuned for low-mid range performance delivers plenty of torquey feel-good power. The rich engine pulse reminds riders that they are piloting a Twin engine machine. Fuel injection delivers clean, efficient, hassle-free operation.

18 Inch Diameter Wheels

 While maintaining the vintage ride feel of a true classic machine, 18” wheels front and rear contribute to handling slightly sportier than that of the original W800, whose 19”/18” front/rear combination offered unhurried steering.

Traditional Instrumentation

Traditional instrumentation includes individual speedometer and tachometer with classic display. A multi-function LCD screen incorporates an odometer, trip-meter, and clock. A full range of indicator lamps includes an FI warning lamp, dual turn signal indicators, low fuel level indicator, high beam indicator, neutral indicator, and oil pressure warning lamp.

Sculpted Fuel Tank

The voluptuous curves of the fuel tank naturally draw the eye, making it another key styling element. Its larger volume (increased from 14 litres to 15 litres) gives it more presence, creating a more powerful impression than its predecessor.

Cafe Racer Seat Design

The W800 CAFE features a stylish two-person cafe seat designed for comfort and sporty good looks.

Elegant Muffler Design

The twin mufflers were carefully tuned to bring out the characteristic note of the Vertical Twin’s 360° crankshaft engine configuration – a configuration maintained from Kawasaki’s original W – creating a hearty roar to complement every twist of the throttle.

Large Disc Brakes with ABS

Stronger stopping power comes care of a larger-diameter 320 mm diameter front disc paired with a 270 mm diameter rear disc (previously a drum-type brake). ABS is standard for the 2019 Model W800 CAFE.

Alloy Rims

The black wider aluminium rims add to the W800 CAFE's composed highway handling and style. Lightweight aluminium rims are highly resistant to corrosion. The spokes and nipples are treated with a special finish that allows dirt to be simply wiped off. Tube-type bias tyres offer a traditional tread pattern and high grip.

Simple Front & Rear Fenders

Simple front and rear fenders contribute to the bikes’ sporty looks, while their simple design provides an excellent base for customisation.

Cafe Race Image Front Cowl

On the W800 CAFE, a cafe-racer-image front cowl contributes to racy looks. modern  designs, the large ø170 mm LED headlamp casts a bright, white light  or great night-time visibility. It features six chambers (four for low-beam, two for high-beam). Position lamps in the high-beam chambers ensure the whole lamp appears lit, like a retro-style bulb headlamp. Details like a convex lens and chromed headlamp ring add to the high-quality, classic design.

Frame with Revised Rigidity

While the double-cradle frame looks unchanged from its predecessor, it is in fact all new. The required rigidity of each and every piece was re-evaluated. Then, while keeping the pipe outer diameters unchanged, the pipe thicknesses were adjusted as necessary. Round tubes with a smooth finish and minimum welds and gussets contribute to the quality appearance.

Assist & Slipper Clutch

The addition of an Assist & Slipper Clutch offers both a much lighter feel at the lever, as well as a back-torque limiting function that helps prevent rear-wheel hop when downshifting.

Front Suspension

A larger front fork with stiffer springs, more rigid lower triple-clamp and stiffer rear shock complement the more rigid new frame. Telescopic front fork features stiff, 41 mm tubes and easily soaks up bumps on well-travelled city streets


The handlebars and seat on the W800 SE18MY and the W800 CAFE result in very different riding positions. While both afford relaxed, vintage-style riding positions that accommodate a wide range of riders, the W800 SE 18MY offers a more upright, “classic bike” style position, where the W800 CAFE's sporty position is more forward-leaning. Also compact switch-gear, designed to add a vintage touch, gives the handlebars a light, uncluttered appearance. But beneath the retro-style exterior, modern internals ensure reliable performance.


The W-Brand is one of the Original Kawasaki Icons from the start in 1965.

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ModelW800 CAFE EJ8000CKF
Engine TypeAir-cooled, 4-stroke Vertical Twin
Displacement773 cm³
Bore x Stroke77.0 x 83.0 mm
Compression Ratio8.4:1
Valve SystemSOHC 8 valve, Bevel Drive
Fuel SystemDFI 2 X 34 mm with Sub Throttles
IgnitionTCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission5-speed with Positive Neutral Finder, A&S Clutch
Suspension - front41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension - rearTwin rear shock with 5-way adjustable spring preload
Wheel travel - f/r130/107 mm
Ground Clearance130 mm
Brakes - front320 mm diameter single disc with twin piston caliper, ABS
Brakes - rear270 mm diameter single disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS
Wheel Size Front / Rear2.50 - 18.0 / 3.00 - 18.0
Tyre Size Front / Rear100/90-18M/C 57H / 130/80-18M/C 66H
L x W x H2,135 mm x 825 mm x 1,135 mm
Wheelbase1,465 mm
Seat height790 mm
Fuel capacity15 litres
Curb Mass223 kg
Max Power35kW @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque62.9 N.m @ 4,800 rpm
Colour/sMetallic Magnesium Gray with Galaxy Silver
Warranty24 Months Unlimited Kilometres


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