Kawasaki Drops Retro Styled W800

Kawasaki has dropped its retro styled W800 from the European and UK markets because it will not meet the tough Euro 4 emission standards.

No announcement has been made for the rest of the world, so it is not clear at this stage whether it is the end of the line for the bike worldwide. (See update below)

Accompanying the announcement is news of a W800 “Final Edition” to bid farewell to the iconic bike with a heritage dating back to the 1960’s.

The current W800 is a “descendant” of the W1 that was first produced at the Kawasaki factory in Akashi, Japan in 1966.

The W1 was powered by a vertical twin 650cc four stroke, the largest capacity engine produced in Japan at the time. It was in production until 1974.

Kawasaki re-invigorated the “W” line with the W650 in 1998, a modern take on the classic style of the original W1.

Its authentic retro look and feel combined with modern technology made it a sales success, and Kawasaki followed up with the W800 in 2011.

The W800 is considered by many to be a modern day classic.

Corporate Planning Director for Kawasaki Motors Europe, Mr. Morihiro Ikoma said “It’s never easy to say good bye to an old friend, especially one as iconic as the W800.”

“Paying homage to the W series with this Final Edition is therefore a truly fitting end to a long and successful line of machines.”

The “Final Edition” is available with a Candy Brown or Candy Sunset Orange paint scheme.

We are waiting on news from Kawasaki Australia and will run an update as soon as we hear about the future of the W800 here.

UPDATE: The latest information from Kawasaki Australia is that the W800 model line will continue to be available in Australia for the time being.

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Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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