Is the w800 boring? What I thought when I actually rode.

Kaoru Sugiura


My name is Kaoru Sugiura.

Once I was riding a Kawasaki classic bike w800.

If you google w800, you will find the word “w800 boring”.

I used to ride the w800, but I don’t find it boring. (I had to sell it due to financial reasons.)

However, many people actually think so, so it will be displayed in that way.

I have owned about 10 bikes, and I like writing impression articles about various bikes.

From my point of view, there are parts where I think, “Some people may find the w800 boring.”

This time, I will write about the points that the w800 may be considered boring and people who should not ride the w800.


What I find boring about the w800

Big bike but has no power

The w800 has 52 horsepower.

It is inferior to the 400cc CB400SF.

When the throttle is opened, the rpm rises heavily like a diesel truck.

Although it has more torque than W650.

I even have the impression that the 125cc PCX I’m riding as a sub is going more lightly.

Weak brake suspension

The brakes and suspension of the w800 are necessary and sufficient for a leisurely run, butInsufficient performance when running sporty feel

If you attack the winding a little, the step rubs.

The brakes don’t work like sports bikes.

Overall, the w800 cannot be said to have high sports performance.

The Highway is not funny

w800, highway is never a good genre.

52 horsepower and a lot more power than a 250cc sports bike, but not as comfortable.

There are only 5 speeds and the engine with a lot of vibration shakes the whole body.

Even cruising 100km isn’t fun.

Some people think 2 cylinders are not fun

What makes the w800 “double” is the twin-cylinder engine with a 360° crank.

Many w650/W800 owners like the unique vibration.

However, it is a 2-cylinder engine.

It can be said that it could be more interesting for those who like four engines.

In addition, since the feeling is different from that of a single-cylinder, it is a two-cylinder engine.DissatisfactionhaveSome may be.

People like this might find the w800 boring

People who want to feel extraordinary on a motorcycle

Everyone has different reasons for riding a bike.

However, as a reason to ride a large motorcycle wants to experience “extraordinary” There may be something called.

For such people, the w800 will be boring.

Riding a liter class large bike gives you an extraordinary experience.

It has higher power performance than a poor supercar and incredible acceleration, braking, and cornering performance inherited from a racing machine.

on the other hand, W800 is down the street at the speed limit when I runComfymachine.

When braking or driving around a curve, you have to worry about being poked from behind.

I used to ride a TRX850.

With the w800, you can’t even say it’s extraordinary power and performance.

The w800 is a vehicle for enjoying life-size.

It can be said that it is a motorcycle that exists as an extension of everyday life.

drive on the highways a lot of people

We do not recommend touring with the w800 which makes heavy use of highways.

100 kilometers until running even if I say I can run somehow, it’s pretty scary to put out 120 km.

At least I can guarantee that you’ll feel like you’re wasting money, time, and tires on the highway with the W800.

It is not suitable for touring on holidays and going out on highways.

Driving on the highway with w800 is boringandheartilyI can say

People who do mass touring at high speed

Mass touring is one way to enjoy a motorcycle.

I have experienced mass touring dozens of times, but if you want to enjoy mass touring, the important thing is that the speed range is close.

This depends not only on the rider’s ability but also on the bike’s performance.

In other words, mixing slow and fast bikes makes mass touring frustrating.

The w800 is a slow bike

If you go winding with Ritter SS, no matter how skilled you are, you can’t keep up.

If your friends are fast bikes, even if you are naked, you will be happier if you ride a fast bike like the Z900RS or MT-09.

You may think it’s boring to ride in such a face with a w800.

People who think w800 is boring may just be early to ride

Some people find the w800 boring.

A bike is a bike that you ride with your sensibility.

I don’t deny that there are likes and dislikes about bikes.

I think you’ll come to appreciate classic bikes like the w800 that don’t have high power or braking performance as your bike history grows.

I have a bike history10It’s 20 years, but my friend who started at the same time is gradually getting a gentle performance bikepreferNow

It’s not a bike that blasts you off the highway, and it’s a bike that you can follow, let alone make a difference in the corners.

However, the calm performance makes it a fun bike to just ride around the neighborhood.

As you get older, you may come to understand the joy.

I think those who think the w800 is boring are just young in their sensibilities.

“The w800 is a good bikeHeyThe day may come when you think

Kaoru Sugiura
A man who was president of a motorcycle circle when he was a student
・Motorcycle history 10 years
・Mileage over 100,000 km
・Achieved around Japan
Hobbies include long-distance camping touring and playing with motorcycles
Currently riding TRX850, W650, PCX, Mark X

I am creating articles with the aim of creating a blog that can be useful to those who read it.

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