Finally! We had lost all hope. The W800 was introduced in 2010 as the descendant of Kawi’s very first large-displacement bike, the W1. It got everyone excited, except only Europe got to enjoy it—it didn’t cross on this side of the Atlantic. For six long years, the cousins from the old continent got to revel in its awesomeness until it went on a hiatus in 2016.
For 2019, the Kawasaki W800 is making a comeback and at last! This time we’ll get to share in the fun. Right away, you know it’s something else because, well, it isn’t green. While Kawasaki gladly employs its bright candy green and black livery on most of its models, this one receives a proper vintage treatment with a marroon paint. The stripes, the vintage logo, the sideplates, the downpipe, the front cowl: everything screams “I don’t belong to this century!” on the new W800 and love that about it. And sorry Kawasaki, we’re kind of happy you opted out of the usual neon color-scheme, you did us proud.