Kawasaki W650 And Triumph Legend TT - Retro-Activity

Kawasaki W650 And Triumph Legend TT: One Recalls History, The Other Refuses To Be Held Captive By It

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing
Cheers & Jeers
KAWASAKI W650
Engine 8 Not powerful but plenty full of character
Drivetrain 8 Fab gearbox and light, sweet clutch
Handling 5 Going back in time, a bit too literally
Braking 6 Good enough around town
Ride 5 You’ll feel every bump, sometimes twice
Ergonomics 7 In-the-wind riding position; otherwise fine
Features 8 Centerstand, kickstart, clock, all wonderful
Refinement 6 More than you’d think, less than you’d hope
Value 8 A cheap bit of British nostalgia
Fun Factor 8 In the city, a real relaxing treat
Verdict: A cunning retro-cruiser that looks and acts the part of old-crock bike; reliable though.

Kawasaki W650

PRICE
MSRP $6499

ENGINE
Type air-cooled, vertical twin
Valve arrangement sohc, 8v
Bore x stroke 72.0 x 83.0mm
Displacement 676cc
Compression ratio 8.6:1
Transmission 5-speed
Final drive chain
CHASSIS
Weight 473 lb. (wet)
449 lb. (tank empty)
Fuel capacity 4.0 gal.
Rake/trail 26.5 deg./4.1 in. (105mm)
Wheelbase 57.1 in. (1450mm)
Seat height 31.5 in. (800mm)
SUSPENSION
Front 39mm fork,
nonadjustable
Rear dual shocks, adjustable
  for spring preload
Tire, front 100/90-19
Bridgestone Acclaim
Tire, rear 130/80-18
Bridgestone Acclaim
PERFORMANCE
Corrected 1/4-mile* 14.19 sec. @ 90.40 mph
0–60 mph 6.04 sec.
Top-gear roll-on,
60–80 mph 9.36 sec.
Fuel mileage  
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