The End of an Era9:30:00 AM
Some fifty years since its launch, Kawasaki has announced the end of the iconic W series of four-stroke vertical twin motorcycles; the W800 ‘Final Edition’ marks the end of an era.
With a limited number available for the 2017 season, fans and enthusiasts across Europe have a last chance to experience the contemporary descendant of the famous W series that first emerged from the Kawasaki factory in Akashi, Japan, in the mid 1960’s. Suitably christened the W800 ‘Final Edition’, the last model in the line is resplendent in its remarkable Candy Brown and Candy Sunset Orange paint scheme.
The family tree of the W800 and the W series itself can be traced back to 1966 when Kawasaki introduced its ‘great grandfather’; the W1. Equipped with a robust and reliable 650cc engine and 50hp, the W1 was the very first large capacity high performance four-stroke under the Kawasaki banner and turned out to be a true manufacturing milestone – especially in the American market where it helped set the foundations for the brand in a huge motorcycle hungry market.
Echoing the lines and the engineering essence of the original W1, Kawasaki later introduced the W650 in 1998 which was enthusiastically embraced by a new legion of fans both young and old, proving that true style never really goes out of fashion.
Selecting retro overdrive, the Japanese manufacturer then introduced the W800 in 2011, extending the W family line further still. All the generations of the W series possess authentic quality and classic beauty and Kawasaki has concentrated on delivering a mixture of high tech with heritage in a seductive retro package throughout the modern W series. Now, sadly, the line must end as the current machine will not meet future European motorcycle regulations.