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BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« on: 19.04. 2019 02:02 »
1951 Star twin and the bike modeled on it. Kawasaki W800 reg 2017 black edition and last of the run 2500kms, bit hard to get two bikes in one photo clarity not that flash, Kawasaki is a great performer but much prefer the BSA to ride

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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #1 on: 19.04. 2019 09:13 »
Quick fotofix, HTH

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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #2 on: 19.04. 2019 09:57 »

 Is that a stock seat on the A10 ? A guy I sometimes work with has one of the W800's, reckons it's alright but he just uses it as a commuter- has other things for fun
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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #3 on: 19.04. 2019 10:00 »
I've heard people say that too.
Shame we can't fast-forward fifty years and see if riders are praising the W800 then.. ;)

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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #4 on: 19.04. 2019 10:10 »

 
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I've heard people say that too.
Shame we can't fast-forward fifty years and see if riders are praising the W800 then.. ;)   

 Well for what i's worth, I met a couple in the '70's who had one each, and their mate Wilf had one too, we used to go for Sunday arvo rides between sessions....they went ok, but my Road Rocket would out-do them in 2nd gear roll-ons  *lol*
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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #5 on: 19.04. 2019 12:48 »
Quick fotofix, HTH

If that photo shows us anything, it’s that the W800 is not modelled on the Star Twin.

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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #6 on: 19.04. 2019 12:48 »
And here attached was the Real Deal - the 1955 Meguro T1 Senia - a 651cc Roadburner of 29 HP.
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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #7 on: 19.04. 2019 15:53 »

 
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I've heard people say that too.
Shame we can't fast-forward fifty years and see if riders are praising the W800 then.. ;)   

 Well for what i's worth, I met a couple in the '70's who had one each, and their mate Wilf had one too, we used to go for Sunday arvo rides between sessions....they went ok, but my Road Rocket would out-do them in 2nd gear roll-ons  *lol*

I thought they post was about W800s of maybe five years old rather than the 1960s BSA clones?

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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #8 on: 19.04. 2019 17:54 »
That Kwaka has about as much in common with the A series BSA as my wheelbarrow.
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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #9 on: 19.04. 2019 22:27 »

 
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Quote from: duTch on April 19, 2019, 20:10:36
     
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        I've heard people say that too.
        Shame we can't fast-forward fifty years and see if riders are praising the W800 then.. ;)   


     Well for what it's worth, I met a couple in the '70's who had one each, and their mate Wilf had one too, we used to go for Sunday arvo rides between sessions....they went ok, but my Road Rocket would out-do them in 2nd gear roll-ons  *lol*

I thought they post was about W800s of maybe five years old rather than the 1960s BSA clones? 

 Yes- I had a bit of a brainfart moment, thinking of the predecessor W1/2/3 series of the late '60's- early'70's.... *whistle*
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_W_series


 
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....If that photo shows us anything, it’s that the W800 is not modelled on the Star Twin.....


 Yes I agree, but its predecessors were   *beer*

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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #10 on: 20.04. 2019 14:04 »
If that machine, the W800, had been made as a modern BSA I would be very happy with it.

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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #11 on: 23.04. 2019 04:26 »
If that machine, the W800, had been made as a modern BSA I would be very happy with it.

given the nice job Mahindra have made of the new Jawa, I am very optimistic I may one day be able to buy a nice new BSA...
https://auto.ndtv.com/news/jawa-motorcycles-open-first-dealerships-in-pune-1963074
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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #12 on: 23.04. 2019 08:34 »
I'm with you Tim.
I'm thinking of selling the Cafe as I can't ride her far anymore (two blown hips and a fused back). A new BSA is first on the shopping list.
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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #13 on: 23.04. 2019 11:03 »
This is the real granny of the W800


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Re: BSA Star Twin Kawasaki W800
« Reply #14 on: 23.04. 2019 11:33 »
I've heard people say that too.
Shame we can't fast-forward fifty years and see if riders are praising the W800 then.. ;)
Well going back 45years the original W650's were EVIL handling crap...   *evil*
Still I wish I kept mine... Their worth BIG $ now..  all I have left are the 2 air filters..  *dunno*
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