More images and video of the Kawasaki Z800

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As the official October 2nd release of this new Kawasaki Z800 draws closer, more material appears. This time it’s decent size studio shots and a teaser video inexplicably featuring a boxer, accompanied by the tagline “Expect more punches.” Still few official details beyond the 806cc capacity and the so-cheesy-it’s-cool Z pattern embroidered on the seat.

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  • Michael Gore

    White people box?

    • Wes Siler

      Only when we’re not sipping Pimm’s cups or reading Jane Eyre. So not often.

    • Campisi


  • PenguinScotty

    Kawasaki, i’ma let you use your white punching males in your video and all, but KTM totally used them before you!

    Can’t wait for more info on it, though. Wonder how it will fair against the Ducati Streetfighter 848 that you guys reviewed.

    • Wes Siler

      It’ll be smoother, easier, wayyyyyyyy more comfy and not quite as fast. These naked Kawasakis seem to run out of ground clearance quite soon though. Oh, and much cheaper of course.

      • PenguinScotty

        So, essentially, change the suspension for something of higher quality and have one incredible machine.

        Sounds like a great thing to me. Just wish you could get a “Premium” version from factory or something, a-la Ducati.

        Thanks for the info!

        • Mark D [EX500]

          Custom made rearsets solve that problem; swap thr old ones in for touring.

  • NewOldSchool

    IMO Kawasaki does have one thing going for them in that they always seem to get the tail on their models “right.”

    The rear 3/4 view is actually pretty good.

    Specifically what I don’t agree with in Naked Bike Land lately is the headlight styled as a head or helmet. I’m looking at you B-King, Kawasaki Z’s, Tuono, FZ8, CB1000R, etc.

    • je

      I would agree on the headlight statement.. The buell XB lightning nailed the street fighter headlight setup perfectly.

    • aristurtle

      Round headlights don’t “allow the image of the bike to reflect the brand’s design language” or some such bullshit, so nobody is using them anymore.

      The problem is, the single, round, 7″ headlight is, objectively, the only correct headlight for a naked bike. (I’ll allow an exception for Triumph only). Honda used to have a really neat one on the 599, with a two-bulb reflector and everything. Shame they got rid of it.

      • NewOldSchool

        I agree with you wholeheartedly, however…

        Examples of single headlights that are not simply round, but also not an upcoming transformers character: V-rod, Monster 696-1100, Brutale, Super Duke,

        • BMW11GS

          Good point NOS. I always like the Monster’s headlight. Just looked right.

  • robotribe

    The new 300 looks more refined and polished than this. Actually, I take it back; this looks OVER-BAKED compared to the 300. It’s a hot f*cking mess.

    If your looking for OEM farkle, look no further.

    • aristurtle

      Kawasaki does the full fairing thing just fine, but their psuedo-naked bikes have been a total mess lately. The older ER-6N wasn’t too bad, but since then (starting with the Z1000, I guess) everything has gone completely out of hand. I can see like six places on the bike where the look would be improved just by removing some plastic.

      • robotribe

        The “old” ER-6N looks like a masterpiece next to this Michael Bay bike-gasm. That was a decent bike. Too bad it didn’t catch on. I could have been almost SV-650 replacement-worthy.

  • DoctorNine

    Still rather have the W800. It sells better than the Triumph in Australia.
    It will be interesting to see how many of this abortion find owners.

    • Jon B.

      Total shame about the W.

      • roccopeterbilt
  • Johndo

    Boring video…

  • Jack

    Jesus Fuck Wes. You head to LA and all we get lately is cookie cutter shots of the same old honkawasuzumahas, a 90th interview with michael cyszysyvsysyxyxysyyrs and a KTM adv press release.

    Not a single mention of the NYC Vintage Motorcycle Show, or the Brooklyn Invitational.