The 2022 Kawasaki W800: A True Classic with Just Enough Updates
Some people know Kawasaki for their absolutely insane, track-destroying sportbikes, while others know them for relatively affordable, reliable road cruisers like the Vulcan series. But this legendary Japanese bike-maker also caters to the retro segment, and the W800 is a fine example of how they’ve kept the gorgeous old school styling of classic cafe racers intact for a new generation.
A 773cc air-cooled 4-stroke SOHC 8-valve vertical twin engine produces just over 51 hp @ 6,500 rpm and 46.4 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm. There’s nothing new in this year’s model except for the paint job—but what a paint job. The 2022 W800 comes in a stunning Candy Fire Red / Metallic Diablo Black that will surely turn heads no matter where you ride.
You won’t find many rider aides on the W800, because that’s not the point here. This isn’t a bike designed to soften the motorcycling experience—Kawasaki wants you to feel the road flying by underneath you as you blast down each straightaway and round each corner. You’ll get ABS, an assist & slipper clutch, and sound tuning, but that’s about it for bells and whistles.
We’re not complaining. Kawasaki’s lineup of 2022 bikes might not have much that’s simpler or more straightforward than this one—or more beautiful. Rivals like the Triumph Bonneville T100 and Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 should watch their backs.
The 2022 Kawasaki W800 starts at $9,199 USD / $11,499 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2022 Kawasaki W800 in one place.
- Price: $9,199 USD / $11,499 CAD
- Key Features:
- Gorgeous retro styling
- Assist & slipper clutch
- Sound tuning
- Engine: 773cc air-cooled 4-stroke SOHC 8-valve vertical twin
- Power: 51 hp @ 6,500 rpm
- Torque: 46.4 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
- Curb Weight: 496 lbs (225 kg)
- Seat Height: 31.1 in (790mm)
2022 Kawasaki W800 Specifications
|Engine||773cc, 4-stroke, vertical twin, SOHC, 8 valves, air-cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||77.0 x 83.0mm|
|Fuel System||DFI®with 34mm throttle bodies (2)|
|Transmission||5-speed, return shift|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Suspension Front||41mm telescopic fork with/5.1 in|
|Suspension Rear||Twin shocks with spring preload adjustability/4.2 in|
|Brakes Front||Single 320mm petal-style disc with 2-piston calipers|
Single 270mm petal-style disc with 2-piston caliper
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.0 gal|
Candy Fire Red/Metallic Diablo Black
|Ignition||TCBI w/digital advance|
|Overall Length||86.2 in|
|Overall Width||31.1 in|
|Overall Height||42.3 in|
|Ground Clearance||4.9 in|
|Seat Height||31.1 in|
|Curb Weight||496.1 lb.*|
|Kawasaki Protection Plus||12, 24, or 36 months|
2022 Kawasaki W800 Features
Assist & Slipper Clutch
Under normal operation, the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever feel when operating the clutch.
When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and helps prevent the rear tire from hopping and skidding. This race-style function is particularly useful when sport or track riding.
Designed specifically to allow riders to enjoy their motorcycles aurally as well as physically, the carefully crafted auditory notes can be the key components of the street riding exhilaration offered by models that have benefitted from sound tuning. Sound tuning can include conducting sound research, designing intake and exhaust system components based on an acoustic test carried out in a sound room, and careful consideration of every detail of a system’s components to ensure a balance of performance and the desired sound.
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
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