Fifty years ago, if you wished to have a high-performance motorbike, you would look at the American or British motorbike models. The introduction of the Kawasaki models was sudden and unexpected, as nobody thought that a Japanese model with the 650cc engine would do so well in the market. At that time, Kawasaki W models were considered one of the top bikes worldwide.
Now, Kawasaki has announced that they manufactured one last W-series model, after being forced to end the production and mark the end of an era by the new Euro 4 regulations. This new rule requires important mechanical upgrades to be made in order to continue the production of the famous bike series. The new Kawasaki W800 will be called the “Final Edition” and it will be available in Europe.
The latest edition model will be available in two paint schemes. One is the Candy Sunset Orange and the other one is the Candy Brown paint scheme. These two schemes represent the well-known style of the historic Kawasaki bikes.
Kawasaki is trying really hard to make this last edition the most fitting end to the world famous W-series. Mr. Morihiro Ikoma, the Corporate Planning Director for the Kawasaki Motors Europe, recently said in an interview that "It was not easy for them to bid farewell to their old friend." He also mentioned W800 is an iconic bike and they believe that the limited, “Final Edition” will be the perfect way to put an end to the legendary W800.
Kawasaki launched the W1 series back in the year 1966. It is considered the great grandfather of today’s W models. A 50 horsepower machine with a 650cc engine was enough to create a new record at the time. The W1 model was the first large capacity, high-performance engine created by Kawasaki which turned out to be the perfect manufacturing landmark. This particular model set the foundation of the Kawasaki brand in the popular American market.
Kawasaki launched their next bike, called the W650, in the year 1998. The design of W650 was hugely popular with people, regardless of generation. The latest W800 model was launched in the year 2011, after Kawasaki decided to extend their W family.
The new Euro 4 regulation means that the manufacturer will have to replace the current models by the year 2017.
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