Kawasaki W800 Cafe Style: not for you, roundeyes

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Ok, so the the Cafe Style is just a Kawasaki W800 with a bikini fairing, bullet seat and black engine cases. But really, Kawasaki, you don’t think this would sell in the US and Europe? Not only is the Cafe Style not being distributed outside Japan, but the W800’s not even going to make it to US shores.

via Motoblog.it

  • dan

    Nice looking. Looks like my BMW R75/6 with bikini fairing. The orange one looks almost like an R90S in Daytona Orange

  • Keith

    I can’t believe that some marker research wouldn’t indicate interest in this bike off shore of Japan.
    Don’t they know that the Cafe thing is hot now?
    Nice looking bike too.
    I was trying to find a regular one for a Cafe re-build but they are very hard to get in Canada.

  • http://www.ninja250blog.com R.Sallee

    Where are the clip-ons?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I the drawer marked “uncomfortable”

    • parkwood60

      Real Cafe bikes run Clubmans. They have to leave something for you to do yourself, otherwise you couldn’t claim you built it.

      I’d add the clubman bars and some slightly upswept megaphones and call it a day.

  • Glenngineer

    I like the regular one better.

  • Johndo

    Looks great in black.

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    At first glance it reminded me of the XLCR in all it blackness, and thats a good thing. What a great alternative this could have been to the Triumph classics.

  • ike6116

    Ill take either. But seriously Kawa could get way out infront of the next trend here in the states as everyone realizes choppers suck. HD Theater (one of Discovery’s networks) already has a show called “Cafe Racer”

  • http://rohorn.blogspot.com rohorn

    Maybe they can sell cardboard silhouettes of them. They would be easy to carry upstairs into apartments or down into mom’s basement! Looks great leaning against hip neo-dive bars!

    The best part of 2D cafe racers is that they are priced just right for the dedicated cafe racer lifestylist who spends all his (?) money on magazines you’ve never heard of, social networking hardware, apps, tattoos and jackets – and no money left over for an actual motorcycle.

    Oh yes – the Kawasaki. Pretty.

  • robotribe

    Missed opportunity, Kawasaki.

    You suck piss-flavored mochi balls for this snub.

  • fearnow

    and then, why not a scrambler? That Honda 750 that Wes has been creaming (with good reason) about gave me the notion.

  • rider33

    Right, like that wouldn’t sell in the States. These people are really starting to piss me off, and that from someone who’s owned 3 Kawi’s in the last 10 years.
    Assuming they buy market research, they might either want to start paying attention to it and/or fire the firm they use because clearly they haven’t a clue.

    • ike6116

      Go to your window, open it up and yell “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore”

  • Cajun58

    They don’t need to do market research the 650 didn’t do well in the US so it makes sense this won’t either.

    • rider33

      That was then, this is now. In 2001 people were also lining up to pay retail-plus for a Harley and the GL1800 was cutting edge. Take a look at used W650 prices now, if you can find one that is.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Kawasaki also didn’t bother marketing the W650. At all. If people don’t know about your product, they won’t buy it.

        • Mr.Paynter

          Agreed. I have a out-the-box Kawi and I have yet to see or even hear about either the W650 or W800 from my dealer, it’s all Ninjas and a few nakeds lined up as far as the eye can see!

  • Corey

    This looks just as good if not better than a thruxton, and much more affordable I assume. What are you thinking Kawasaki? Bring this to America!

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

      This raises the question: how are the sales of the Thruxton?

  • rider33

    This one’s looking pretty good to me as well:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsOZiCsXioo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Mattro

    GREAT SADNESS!!!

  • Lawrences

    This marketing fits with closing down dealers in a recession to improve sales, right?