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【Test Ride Report】 European-Japanese Retro Style Showdown “W800 / T100”


The strong landing of Triumph in 2019 has made many consumers who love retro cars shine. The retro car series led by the Bonneville series can be said to enjoy a good reputation worldwide, but for Triumph, Bonneville is on the hot road. There is also a hard bone to eat, this is KAWASAKI W800 from Japan.

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Although the W800 is a bit late than Bonneville, it has two killer skills such as Japanese-made and low-priced, and it still has a strong competitiveness when facing the T100, the cheapest model of the Bonneville family. A large proportion of consumers who like British retro are entangled in choosing KAWASAKI or Triumph. I believe that after reading this article, I can have a better understanding of these two cars, so that the choice of cars is no longer entangled.

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In terms of appearance, W800 STREET still inherits the classic elements inherited from W1 to the present. The overall design style is the same as the previous generation W800. If we compare it with the Japanese retro street car in the same period, we will find that W800 is still very British. Meguro (Meguro) obtained the British BSA A7 production license also has inextricable relationship, the combination of Japanese and English can be said to be the biggest design highlight of the W family.

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Bonneville T100 is not just “Modern Classics”, it is also a classic series with a long history of 60 years. The unique retro charm, the chrome-plated accessories embellished in place highlight some sense of time, so that people can find the speed of the year on it. A sharp weapon, and it is one of the few classic retro street cars you can buy on the market and equipped with a vertical twin-cylinder engine.

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In terms of body size, the W800 STREET is slightly shorter than the old W800, but the width has increased. The visual difference is not obvious, but it is worth noting that the new W800 has a higher ground clearance, but the height of the seat cushion is reduced to In addition to being more passable, 770mm is also more suitable for Chinese consumers to control. The T100 is not much different from the W800 STREET, but it is visually fuller and the details are more refined.

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▲ The W800 series models all use LED headlights. The shape of the headlights is basically the same as that of the Z900RS, which increases the modernity of the vehicle. The unique taillights also use LED light sources to meet the visual effects and allow the W800 to catch up. On the trend of the times.

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▲ T100’s iconic round headlights are equipped with traditional halogen light sources. The bullet-shaped halogen turn signals also reflect the unique design of that era. The taillights have not been modernized too much. The chrome-plated back cover matches the halogen light source. Full sense of the times.

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▲ The fuel tank shape of W800 STREET is more rounded, and the matte black spraying with the “W” element logo is more in line with the aesthetics of young consumers, but the most obvious difference between it and T100 is the design of the center fuel tank cap and the offset fuel tank cap. Of course, W800 STREET ’s The fuel tank capacity is also larger, with an effective volume of 15L.

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▲ The pod-type fuel tank retains the classic elements of the Bonneville series. The non-slip rubber stickers on both sides of the fuel tank have been inherited from the original Bonneville. In addition, the T100’s fuel tank seems to be very large, but it actually only has a capacity of 14.3L.

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▲ The seat cushion design of retro cars always balances comfort and appearance, but from the appearance, it can be seen that the W800 STREET uses a more comfortable “caterpillar” seat cushion, and the T100 is relatively flat and non-slip. The patterned seat cushion is definitely purer in style T100 and more comfortable in W800 STREET.

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▲ W800 STREET uses front and rear 18-inch rims. Its tire specifications are front 100/90 R13 and rear 130/80 R18. The tires are provided by Dunlop; while T100 uses front 18-inch and 17-inch rims, Pirelli also has Provided exclusive retro tires for Bonneville, with tire specifications of 100/90 R18 in the front and 150/70 R17 in the rear.

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▲ The exhaust shapes of the two models are almost the same, but you can still see that the W800 STREET has an anti-scalding hood on the exhaust end, and the T100 inherits the Bonneville family “Peashooter” style exhaust pipe.

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W series is more classic, Bonneville is more modern

▲ It can be clearly seen that the handlebar part of W800 STREET is obviously increased to create a more comfortable driving experience, while the position of T100 handlebar is more biased towards the traditional sports street car design. It’s going to be a lot modern.

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▲ W800 STREET’s dual-barrel mechanical instrument is slightly different from the previous model, but the overall design of the W family remains the same. Like most retro street cars, the W800 does not have a fuel gauge and gear display function.

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▲ T100 also uses chrome-plated double-barreled mechanical instrument, which is the last obsession of retro street cars. The two LCD displays in the mechanical watch are responsible for the display of gear position, fuel gauge, and driving computer information.

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▲ After the W800 series was changed, the double cradle frame was strengthened and modified. Not only the diameter reached 50mm, but the frame technology derived from the KAWASAKI flagship sports car H2 made the W800 STREET more rigid.

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▲ The double cradle frame is the essence of the Bonneville series, and it is also the frame structure that is essential to the vertical parallel twin-cylinder engine. In addition, the visual effects produced by the combination of the two also make the obsessive-compulsive disorder look at God. Refreshing.

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▲ In terms of the suspension system, the new W800 and the previous generation W800 have undergone minor changes. The diameter of the front upright front fork has been increased from 39mm to 41mm. The rear double-cylinder hydraulic shock absorption stroke has also increased. Older models are slightly different.

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▲ The T100 uses the 41mm inverted front fork provided by KYB, which guarantees the sportiness and comfort of the T100. The rear double-cylinder hydraulic shock absorber is also provided by KYB, which has a preload adjustment function; the front and rear shock absorption strokes are both 120mm, can cope with most road conditions.

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▲ The difference between the two models in terms of brake configuration and safety configuration is not large. First of all, the two new vehicles are equipped with ABS system as standard. W800 STREET upgrades the rear drum brake on the old model to a disc brake. The diameter of the front brake disc has also increased. , Reached 320mm, matched with unidirectional double piston calipers from TOKICO.

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▲ T100 uses the front single disc with unidirectional dual-piston caliper design. The 310mm semi-floating disc also meets the braking needs to the maximum extent; the rear brake is also designed for single disc with unidirectional dual-piston calipers. The hardware is provided by NISSIN.

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▲ In the power system, W800 STREET is still equipped with the 773cc SOHC two-cylinder engine, and the matching is the same 5-speed transmission. The newly added sliding clutch also makes driving smoother; the maximum power of this engine is 35kW (48Ps) / 6000rpm, compared with the previous generation model, the power has been significantly improved; W800 series is currently the only KAWASAKI market model using the jack structure, which also makes the W800 series sound quite unique.

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▲ The water-cooled eight-valve vertical parallel twin-cylinder engine with a displacement of 900cc mounted on the T100 can burst out a maximum power of 40.5kW (55Ps) at 5900rpm and a maximum torque of 80Nm / 3230rpm, which matches 5 Gear shift; although the crankshaft of this engine is adjusted to 270 °, it also makes the sound of Bonneville T100 more surging and more recognizable. However, it can also be intuitively seen from the data that the T100 has more advantages, and the low twist comes earlier.

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W800 STREET ABS / Bonneville T100 power data comparison
Model W800 STREET ABS Bonneville T100
Engine type Vertical parallel double cylinder air-cooled SOHC Vertical parallel double cylinder water-cooled SOHC
Displacement 773cc 900cc
Maximum power 35kW (48Ps) / 6000rpm 40.5KW (55Ps) / 5900rpm
Maximum torque 62.9Nm / 4800rpm 80Nm / 3230rpm

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to sum up

After comparison, it is found that although the W800 is slightly lower than the T100, the overall configuration and engine performance are slightly inferior to the T100. Although the performance is rarely mentioned in the face of retro cars, the output characteristics of the vertical parallel twin cylinders still cannot help. Let people care.

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However, in addition to the gap in power level, the two cars have considerable depth at the level of culture and history. The KAWASAKI W series has also undergone decades of development so far, and has localized British retro and pushed it to the world. And Bonneville is the main series of the Triumph family. It is mentioned that Triumph will never ignore the existence of Bonneville. Of course, the T100 as an entry-level model is loved by retro enthusiasts all over the world.

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