The Kawasaki W175 has been in the news for a while as it was tested in India. But the retro bike is finally making its way here, with its launch scheduled for September 25, 2022. Kawasaki India has also teased the bike on its social media handles, and once released, the W175 will be the most accessible model in the Kawasaki range.
Like the other bikes in Kawasaki's 'W' series, the W175 is a proper old-school motorcycle. It get touches like a circular halogen headlight, a circular analog tachometer with no digital inputs, front fork shocks, and a single-piece ribbed seat. Up front, the W175 has a pair of telescopic forks up front and dual shock absorbers at the back.
In India, the W175 will be powered by a 177cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, which puts out 12.9bhp at 7,500rpm and 13.2Nm at 6,000rpm. The engine will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Braking duties will be handled by disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. The W175 will also get single-channel ABS, but the tech on offer is expected to be limited, thanks to the retro-inspired look. The motorcycle is also very light with a total weight of 126 kg, making it easy to use for commuting within the city.
The Kawasaki W175 is expected to be priced at around Rs. 1.75 lakh mark, and upon launch, it will be up against competitors like the TVS Ronin and the upcoming Royal Enfield Bullet 350. As Kawasaki enters the entry-level motorcycle market, it will be interesting to see how Kawasaki's line up evolves in India.