Kawasaki W175: what is it?
The Kawasaki W175 is a retro-styled motorcycle, powered by
a single-cylinder air-cooled engine. According to the international version’s
specifications, the motorcycle makes 13hp and 13.2 Nm from a 177cc carburetted
two-valve engine. However, in order to comply with Indian BS6 emission norms,
it will get fuel injection which may alter the power and torque numbers.
The motorcycle looks properly retro with its teardrop-shaped
fuel tank, round headlamp, indicators, mirrors and a peashooter exhaust. The
analogue instrument cluster is also pretty basic and in sync with the retro
theme of the motorcycle. The design is
expected to lure retro motorcycle lovers in the market who have traditionally
opted for motorcycles from Royal Enfield and Jawa until now.
Just like the design, the chassis is also simple. The
motorcycle employs a semi-double cradle frame, suspended by a telescopic fork
(with old-school fork gaiters) and twin shock absorbers at the rear. Stopping
power comes from a 220mm disc up front and a 110mm drum at the back. It will
get single-channel ABS.
A large degree of localisation should translate in the W175
being priced competitively. The other advantage of this level of localisation
would be affordable spare parts. Back in
October 2020, we were given to understand that the W175 will be priced between
Rs 1.25-1.40 lakh (ex-showroom). Whether Kawasaki will be able to stick to that
price bracket in today's global scenario is what remains to be seen.