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2011 Kawasaki W800 Cafe Racer

Sweet! A new cafe racer from the Kawi guys! I like it!

http://www.webbikeworld.com/eicma-2010/kawasaki-w800/

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SCHweet, the bikes real nice too!

How they gonna sell Royal Enfields?

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Now THATS a bike!!
I'm callin' dibs on the black/gold one!
Looks like it's a chain final drive too!!!
Wonder where on the price range it will fall?
Looks reasonable though.

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That IS sweet. All the "right" bits - basketball fairing, wire spoke wheels, vertical twin, butt bumper saddle, great retro mufflers. Since another member has dibs on the black one, I want dibs on one of the others!

Let's just hope: 1. It comes to the US, and 2. It doesn't cost an arm and leg.

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Hey Mike,

Knoxvegas?? I must be thick 'cause I don't understand. Went to graduate school at U.T. in the mid 70s and I don't remember any casinos or other reasons why Knoxville could be called Knoxvegas, though I do like the sound of it. I DO remember the Knoxville Secret Air Force and Ollie's Trolly though. Cheers,

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I guess a dumb question, but what defines a "cafe" racer...where does the term come from?


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I guess a dumb question, but what defines a "cafe" racer...where does the term come from?
Any bike that will get you to your morning coffee real fast!!

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Sweet bike, I want one.

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i'm sure you do..i was lucky enough to find mine this summer just 30 minutes from my house...i love it!
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I guess a dumb question, but what defines a "cafe" racer...where does the term come from?
I've got this one...I have been watching the "Cafe Racer", series on HD Theatre(Discovery).
The term originated in England in the 60s, when young "Rockers" as they were called, stripped down Triumphs, Nortons, BSAs, and raced from one cafe to the next. The feat of the time was to break the "ton", 100mph and live to tell the story. A group of rivals, known as the "mods" often clashed with the rockers, and it was newspaper fodder for the British of the time.

The Triumph Thruxton is an excellent example of the style of the modified
Cafe Racer. The W800 is very similar in look and specs. The black and gold paint scheme
looks very Norton-ish. The fad is enjoying a resurgence in the States, and clubs are
springing up on the coasts and other major metro areas. I believe the name
of the original cafe of fame in Britain was the Ace Cafe, a notorious Rocker hangout.

If you happen to have HD theater, they are auctioning off the Martin cafe racer as I write this, it's for charity from the tv series.http://dhd.discovery.com/tv-schedule...129637.39327.1

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Oh...I want the one with the beauty perched on the seat. Can't afford the bike but I KNOW I can't afford the pretty bauble.

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oh...i want the one with the beauty perched on the seat. Can't afford the bike but i know i can't afford the pretty bauble.

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Oh...I want the one with the beauty perched on the seat. Can't afford the bike but I KNOW I can't afford the pretty bauble.
Hmmm it took 12 posts before someone mentioned the girl.
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Hmmm it took 12 posts before someone mentioned the girl.
Girl? What girl? I didn't notice a girl. LOL

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Guzzi v7 has the look... but no powerful engine...

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Smooth as silk! I like that black beauty. It would look great in my stable. I am a Kawasaki fan for sure.

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I got a little bad news for you all the W800 cafe, is only going to be offered in Japan for now. The bike is rated at about 48 hp, our versys 650 has more power, but I still love the looks of that black one with the gold wheels.


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I've got this one...I have been watching the "Cafe Racer", series on HD Theatre(Discovery).
The term originated in England in the 60s, when young "Rockers" as they were called, stripped down Triumphs, Nortons, BSAs, and raced from one cafe to the next. The feat of the time was to break the "ton", 100mph and live to tell the story. A group of rivals, known as the "mods" often clashed with the rockers, and it was newspaper fodder for the British of the time.

The Triumph Thruxton is an excellent example of the style of the modified
Cafe Racer. The W800 is very similar in look and specs. The black and gold paint scheme
looks very Norton-ish. The fad is enjoying a resurgence in the States, and clubs are
springing up on the coasts and other major metro areas. I believe the name
of the original cafe of fame in Britain was the Ace Cafe, a notorious Rocker hangout.

If you happen to have HD theater, they are auctioning off the Martin cafe racer as I write this, it's for charity from the tv series.http://dhd.discovery.com/tv-schedule...129637.39327.1
Another thing they would do is from the ace cafe, they would play a song on the jukebox and try to ride to a near by bridge and back before the song ended.


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