Say goodbye to the Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki W800 Final Edition (700px)
Kawasaki will release one last version of the W800 before pulling the famous model from its line-up.

Kawasaki’s decision spells the end for a model that has been on the market in one form or another for around 50 years.

To mark its last hurrah, the Japanese manufacturer is releasing one final version of the W800, with a limited number of the W800 ‘Final Edition’ available for 2017.

The W800 and the W series

The W800 is a modern version of Kawasaki’s W series that was first launched in the 1960s.

And the W800 has stayed fairly true to its origins, running with retro styling.

Its engine has definitely changed from the original W1 which was the first large capacity model from Kawasaki that came with a 650cc 50hp 4-stroke powertrain.

The modern version runs an air-cooled, 4-stroke, vertical twin 773cc engine, which is much more of a mouthful than the original.

The W1 was relaunched in the form of the W650 in 1998 and it was only replaced by the W800 in 2011.

Prices for the W800 Final Edition will be confirmed closer to launch, however it would come as a surprise if it didn’t sit around the £6,899 list price of the current W800.

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