8. Kawasaki W800

Kawasaki W800

I didn’t think it was possible, but of all the OEMs, I think Kawasaki out-Triumph-ed Triumph in making a retro bike. The W800 and its three variants – the standard, Cafe Style and Special Edition models – all look awesome to me. I like the Standard’s simple elegance, with its chromed fenders. The Cafe pulls off the bikini fairing and retro tail section with style, and the Special Edition, with its blacked-out treatment, looks like it came straight from the Ace Cafe. Sure, its 773cc Twin is smaller than the 865cc the Trumpet carries, but with the big classic bike craze going on in this country (Moto Guzzi V7, Suzuki TU250X, Royal Enfield Continental GT, Honda CB1100, Yamaha SR400, just to name a few) it’s a shame Kawasaki is denying all those on the left side of the Atlantic a chance to ride one.