The Kawasaki W175 is an entry-level cruiser which will be priced quite aggressively if it launches in India
Kawasaki showcased the W175 retro cruiser at the ongoing 2019 Bangkok International motor show. The entry level cruiser was already launched in Indonesia last year and it can be called the younger cousin of the popular W250. Last year, Kawasaki imported a single unit of the Estrella 250 in India for testing purpose.
Unfortunately, that motorcycle is not launched in India yet. The Kawasaki W175 takes its design inspiration from the popular Kawasaki model SG 250 of the 1960s. The motorcycle is popular in the Asian markets because it is affordable and can also be customized easily.
The W175 is powered by a new 177cc, SOHC, single cylinder carbureted engine. The unit is capable of producing about 13 Hp of peak power at 7500 rpm and 13.2 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. The Kawasaki W175 weighs just 126 kilograms and features a 13.5 Litre fuel tank.
The motorcycle relies on a small 220 mm disc brake towards the front and a drum brake at the rear for stopping. If we talk about the styling, the retro-styled motorcycle features an old school inspired strut type front fender. The round halogen headlamp unit also houses the turn signal standoffs.
To maintain the retro theme the W175 gets a dual round shaped instrument pod and a teardrop shaped fuel tank. The seats as you can already notice has been finished in tan color with a (faux) tuck-and-roll. The W175 is offered in two variants, the regular variant is available only in Pearl Crystal White colour. The W175 SE (special edition) model is offered in three colours including Metallic Matte Covert Green, New Silver, and Metallic Spark Black.
The Kawasaki W250 on the other hand, also takes its styling inspiration from the SG250 and is powered by a slightly bigger 249cc, single cylinder engine. This unit produces about 17.6 Bhp of peak power at 7,500 rpm and 18 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine too is paired with a 5-speed gearbox. If Kawasaki launches the W175 or the W250 in India they will rival directly against the likes of the Royal Enfield and the Jawa motorcycles.