"Return" of the W800

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"Return" of the W800

Postby Mark B 2 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:06 pm

I guess it's not a "return" if the last iteration was a 650?

Pretty, but I'll keep my Bonnie...

http://www.kawasaki.eu/W800

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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby tony » Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:59 pm

My dad has a w650. Best bike ever. I'd gladly trade what I own now for one.

w800 doesn't have a kickstarter =(
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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby spoffy » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:37 am

dead sexy!
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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby AirborneVespa » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:49 am

once the turn signals and mirrors are removed and a decent set of bars installed that would be one heck of a nice bike.
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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby Susan » Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:16 am

spoffy wrote:dead sexy!


freak!

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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby Mark B 2 » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:05 am

tony wrote:My dad has a w650. Best bike ever. I'd gladly trade what I own now for one.

w800 doesn't have a kickstarter =(


Why do I think that kickstarters have been banned on bikes over a certain size?
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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby AirborneVespa » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:45 am

Mark B 2 wrote:Why do I think that kickstarters have been banned on bikes over a certain size?


I don't know about banned, I think it's cost. Most people want to simply push a button. A lever is cost, the internal mechanism is cost, so if only a handful of people would ever use it, why include it?
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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby spoffy » Thu Nov 18, 2010 11:50 am

Susan wrote:
spoffy wrote:dead sexy!

freak!

(I was hoping to say it before you did.)
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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby normratscoots » Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:20 pm

AirborneVespa wrote:
Mark B 2 wrote:Why do I think that kickstarters have been banned on bikes over a certain size?


I don't know about banned, I think it's cost. Most people want to simply push a button. A lever is cost, the internal mechanism is cost, so if only a handful of people would ever use it, why include it?


That, and I suspect there is a sense among designers that including the kickstart now signals to the potential customer that it is necessary and the overall product is in some way inferior for that fact. Completely out of my sensibilities.

There is also the complication of EFI. While EFI can function with a kick start, you have to turn it over a few times to prime the system, and that's not a 250 thumper. Not so easy, I'd imagine.
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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby Zeets » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:37 pm

normratscoots wrote:There is also the complication of EFI. While EFI can function with a kick start, you have to turn it over a few times to prime the system, and that's not a 250 thumper. Not so easy, I'd imagine.


The CRF450R I ride on occasion is has EFI, It'll go on the first kick if it wants to. (It rarely wants to as is the attitude of most modern four-stroke dirt bikes, carb or EFI.)
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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby JV » Thu Nov 18, 2010 5:26 pm

There has been a lot of discussion on the yahoo W650 forum about the W800.....and it doesn't appear destined for the US market at this time.

As mentioned, kickstarts don't work as well on EFI bikes as they do on carb bikes, so the inclusion of EFI/kickstart on the same bike is rare indeed......even the Suzuki TU250 and Scarabeo DiTech50 don't have kickstarts :(

Most W650 owners don't seem to think the W800 will offer any advantage over the previous (2000-2001 for US market) W650, and are primarily designed as a means of meeting Euro3 and other International emission standards.....but a continuation of this basic bike is indeed welcome news!!

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Re: "Return" of the W800

Postby Harley_Vespa » Sat Nov 20, 2010 8:28 pm

Maybe I'm biased but I'll stay w/my Harley.

However, I cannot imagine kickstarting the 1.5 L V-twin.










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