September 26, 2020

New Kawasaki Models For 2020 – W800 and Z H2

Kawasaki this morning announced two new models for 2020 – the retro W800 and the naked Z H2.

The W800 is a throwback to the 1960s and joins the existing W800 CAFE. It’s powered by an air-cooled, 773cc vertical twin engine and features an upright riding position and pea-shooter exhausts.

The W800 will come in one color – Candy Cardinal Red – and have an MSRP of $9,199. It’s noteworthy that the front and rear fenders on the model are made of steel and chrome-plated.

2020 Kawasaki W800

The W800 has a five-position adjustable clutch lever and a four-position adjustable brake lever for rider comfort. There’s an assist and slipper clutch and ABS is standard as are knee pads on the tank.

The Z H2 (pictured at top and below) is Kawasaki’s flagship naked model and features a 998cc supercharged engine, Showa suspension components and Brembo brake calipers.

The Z H2 will be available in three variants of black or gray and has an MSRP of $17,000. The model will make its U.S. debut at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, CA on Nov. 22. More details will be forthcoming.

2020 Kawasaki Z H2

About Bud Wilkinson

An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, Bud Wilkinson writes the "RIDE-CT" motorcycle column and the "My Ride" vintage car feature for the "Republican-American" newspaper in Waterbury, CT. He studied journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University where he received a B.A. degree. He currently rides a 1987 BMW R 80 RT and a 2014 Triumph Bonneville.

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