As per reliable reports, Kawasaki W800 Street will join its ‘Cafe’ model in US market next year. Though not a surprise, its a welcome one as I personally loved the ‘Street’ version more.
Selling the same bike under different avatars is not only economic but also helps to broaden the customer base. Kawasaki is currently has this strategy on their Ninja (sport), Z (naked) and Versys (Adventure) range of motorcycles- with great returns too. So not announcing the W800 ‘Street’ along with the ‘Café’ was actually a surprise.
There’s still no official confirmation though and we are going by paperwork filed at California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Kawasaki is likely to release the W800‘Street’ late next year (as a 2020 model), so as to get more people on board the ‘Cafe’ variant first.
Kawasaki W800 Street & Cafe – Comparison
Visually, the W800 Street and Cafe look different but not as drastic as their names suggest. Nearly three quarters from the base is same- including engine, exhaust, taillight, suspension and brakes
The powertrain is a 773cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected parallel twin mated to a five-speed transmission capable of producing 46.4 lb-ft of torque at just 4,800 rpm. It is mated to a 5-speed transmission with slipper clutch. An all-new double cradle frame holds everything together and most specs are adequately ‘conventional’ to maintain the retro styling.
The Street and Cafe are distinguished by their seats, handlebar and bikini fairing- not a lot but enough to sell the former in an altogether different space. Price is lower too and so is the Street’s weight (by 5 pounds or so).
Kawasaki W800 Street & Cafe- Price and release date
The Street model will be priced lower than the Cafe and as mentioned earlier, might take a bit more time to reach US shores.
|Kawasaki W800 Street||$8,999*|
|Kawasaki W800 Cafe||$9,799|