Kawasaki has been on a launch spree in the Indian market off late, launching one high end motorcycle after the other. It all started with the ZX-10R and ZX-14R which were later on joined in by the Z1000 and Ninja 1000. Now the company has the Kawasaki Z800 in India at a price of Rs 8.05 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The bike was launched along with the inaugration of the company’s second independent outlet in the country in New Delhi. The company plans on expanding the number of its independent showrooms in the country to 5 by the end of 2015.
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The Kawasaki Z800 is a naked street-fighter bike which joins its elder sibling, the Z1000 in the lineup. The Kawasaki Z800 comes with a 4-cylinder, 806cc motor which belts out 111 BHP of maximum power and a peak torque figure of 83 NM. The bike tips the scales at 231 kgs and despite being a bit on the heavier side of things, it is still quite the performer. To help you tame the immense power it brings to the table, the bike comes shod with ABS in order to aid better braking. You get upside down forks as well for better performance.
The bike will come to Indian shores via the CBU route and will be the 5th bike in the company’s lineup to come as a CBU. It will be locking horns with Ducati Monster 796. Kawasaki expects to sell a total of 400 units of the 5 CBU models it has on sale in India. The Ninja 300R and the Ninja 650R are sold via the CKD route in the country. Kawasaki needs to sell at least 200 units of each model to consider manufacturing them locally which we think won’t be happening anytime soon.
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The company will soon launch the ER-6n in country with a sub Rs 5 lakh price tag which will be a volume bike from the Japanese two-wheeler giant. The Versys 1000 is also expected to be launched in 2014 in India. The company now has 7 bikes on sale in India and has 2 more lined up as well. If the company can manage decent sales, it might consider assembling the bikes locally which will not only bring their prices down considerably, but also give Kawasaki an edge over its competitors.