Kawasaki W650 (1999 - 2005) review

A good retro if the name doesn’t bother you

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Fri, 1 Jan 1999 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Kawasaki
Category:
Modern Classics
Price:
£ 5145
Overall
3
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Looks the part and feels it
It has Kawasaki not Triumph on the tank

Ironically the W650 is more of a copy of the original Bonneville than Triumph has managed. The bad point is it has Kawasaki on the tank, which isn’t very retro cool, but on the plus side the W650 feels like a proper retro, looks the part and is actually a good bike to ride. A surprisingly good machine.Ironically the W650 is more of a copy of the original Bonneville than Triumph has managed. The bad point is it has Kawasaki on the tank, which isn’t very retro cool, but on the plus side the W650 feels like a proper retro, looks the part and is actually a good bike to ride. A surprisingly good machine.

Ironically the W650 is more of a copy of the original Bonneville than Triumph has managed. The bad point is it has Kawasaki on the tank, which isn’t very retro cool, but on the plus side the W650 feels like a proper retro, looks the part and is actually a good bike to ride. A surprisingly good machine.

Seats 0
Seat Height (mm) 800
Suspension Front 39mm tele forks
Suspension Rear Twin rear shock absorbers
Adjustability Rear adjustable preload
Tyres Front 100/90-19
Tyres Rear 130/80-18
Brakes Front Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single 160mm drum
Wheelbase (mm) 1455
Chassis Double cradle, high tensile steel
Seats 0
Seat Height (mm) 800
Suspension Front 39mm tele forks
Suspension Rear Twin rear shock absorbers
Adjustability Rear adjustable preload
Tyres Front 100/90-19
Tyres Rear 130/80-18
Brakes Front Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single 160mm drum
Wheelbase (mm) 1455
Chassis Double cradle, high tensile steel
Cubic Capacity (cc) 675
Valves 8
Max Power (bhp) 47
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Cooling Air cooled
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Cubic Capacity (cc) 675
Valves 8
Max Power (bhp) 47
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Cooling Air cooled
Stroke Type Four Stroke

Score Breakdown
Overall
3
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