Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd just pulled the wraps off three new additions to their stable which will cater to those who yearn for nostalgia, adventure and outright power. Kawasaki brings you the W800, Versys 1000 and ZZR1400 respectively.
From the W800‘s looks alone, it should stir the hearts and minds of those who remember what it felt to ride a bike of this maturity
The W800 undoubtedly bears a striking resemblance to Kawasaki’s 650cc W1 motorcycle that was produced in 1966, and because of this, its wears its well polished and exposed metals like a pair of bell-bottom jeans from back in the day. “Building a beautiful engine” was the key concept when the W800’s engine was penned, with its bevel-gear-driven cam that adds nostalgia and history to a rather modern piece of equipment that was destined for a vintage look.
The W800 possesses a 773cc air-cooled, 4-stroke vertical twin engine that’s mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The engine is capable of churning out 48bhp at 6,500rpm with a maximum torque of 60Nm, reached at 2,500rpm.
Whilst cruising on this particular “cool cat”, you’ll be rolling on a 100/90 rubber that’s wrapped around a 19″ corrosion resistant spoked-aluminium rim up front, whilst the rear 18″ rim gets 130/80.
And finally, a single 300mm front disc brake and 160mm rear drum brake helps your reminiscing journey come to a comfortable rest as you ponder about the W800’s RM58,900 price tag.
The next to be unveiled was the Versys 1000, which officials at Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd say with great confidence that this will be the main volume seller of the three bikes.
The additional displacement of 1,043cc for the Versys 1000 should enable many who enjoy its riding comfort and capabilities to keep within the pack of 1L sportbikes in relative comfort.
Featuring the same riding position as the Versys 650, the new 1,043cc inline-4 engine on the new Versys 1000 pumps out 118bhp at 9,000rpm with 102Nm of torque at 7,700rpm as compared to having 64bhp at 8,000rpm and 61Nm of torque at 6,800rpm on the Versys 650 previously. The Versys 1000 still retains the same 6-speed manual transmission.
Kawasaki has allowed the Versys 1000 to be a work horse for many as well, able to carry large payloads for that long week end journey, which is why the Versys 1000’s first two gearing ratios have been been made shorter, just to get that loaded bike moving without having to over-rev the engine.
The Versys 1000 comes with a host of features with an adjustable windscreen that has a stepless range of approximately 30mm and requires only your thumb and finger to loosen and tighten two knobs at the front of the wind screen.
Stopping power comes from a pair of 300mm petal discs up front that’s coupled to a pair of 4-piston callipers. The rear has a single 250mm petal disc and a single-piston calliper.
Best of all, ABS is now offered as standard on all Versys 1000 and utilises the same ultra-compact lightweight BOSCH ABS units that’s also found in the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R.
The Versys 1000 now comes with a price tag of RM75,900 and will be made available in mid-December 2011.
Finally, the cover was taken off the ZZR 1400 ABS, standing proudly at the head of Kawasaki’s Ninja line-up as the King of all sportbikes, claiming it to be the world’s fastest accelerating production motorcycle with superb handling and balanced performance.
With 1,441cc of displacement, the ZZR1400’s engine has a bore and stroke of 84mm x 65mm producing upp to 210bhp at 10,000rpm with a maximum torque of 163Nm at 7,500rpm. All this gets transmitted through the 1400’s 6-speed manual gearbox with a kerb weight of 268kg.
Stopping power comes from a pair of 310mm petal discs with dual 4-piston radial mounted callipers up front and a single 50mm petal disc with a twin piston calliper at the rear.
The best part of all, is that the 1400 comes with a 3-mode Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), which helps to keep the nose of this beast at bay to say the least, where modes 1 and 2 are designed for maximum acceleration on non-slippery road surfaces and mode 3 is designed for maximum riding stability when slippery road surfaces are faced.
Available in January 2012, this power-house behemoth will come with a price tag of RM99,000!