Hi all! Now I've heard the news..... New Estrella 400? or W400? will be announced in February and released in March. I hope it's advanced New Estrella. According to a scoop of magizine, it's called W400 and has a two cyliners like W650. I hope it's good one.
that's really an exciting news! Haven't heard or read about it before!
I'm curious to see the new bike - and if it will be an "Estrella 400" or a "W400"!
I fear we won't have the bike here in Germany or Europe. The 400cc mashines have normally only been for the Asian market. Only few 400cc mashines came to Germany as Grey Imports. And now it will also depend on how "enviromental friendly" they are! The restrections become hard and harder each year!
So, Christmas will be in February and March in Japan?!
Please tell me when you find any drawings or photos!!! I have the "Kawasaki New Motorbike page" as one of my favourites and will watch nearly every day! Hope to be one of the first to show pictures in Europe ...
Hi Claire, Andreas and all! Although the detailed specifications have not yet been announced, a new W400 will be nearly released, may be before rider's season in Japan. According to the information of Moto-shop, it has same shape with W650 and two cylinders. I don't know yet what it means. It's only W650's scale down model on capacity? or developed Twin Estrella? The 400cc will be for mainly japanese market, because of rider's license category in Japan. Anyway this moment, I can't comment, but as it's not announced in motor show '05, I'd liked to expect the new specific structure, even if common parts of W650/Estrella are used.
Looking forward to next information from manufacture......
Thank you. Estrellitan
P.D. A monthly (paper)japanese magagine "Motorcyclist" shows the C.G.image of W400.
Very interesting information - around the big cities where I live with little room for free riding a 400 or 500 cc would be ideal. I love this size but unfortunately nobody else does . At this moment I have a W650 and my wife rides an Estrella. If ever a retro 4/500 comes to Europe my W will probably be for sale, provided I fit on the new bike. Estrella is a bit small for me - so I'd prefer a downgraded W - not too downgraded though - and for nothing in the world I would like to miss the digital clock and meter of the W !!
Hi all! Some moto-shops are accepting the reservation of W400, so surely be released in March. As their accounce, W400 is smaller than W650 with improvements of suspention etc....and it'll be very enjoyable vertical-twin model for small size riders. So, we may expect it. Anyway looking forward the official information.......
Very funny! "Andy" asked "why Estrella and not W650"? We 'naturally' started an argue - we have W650 riders in here, too. And Germans love to argue and discuss! I know that this habit is very strange for foreigners! They think we want to kill each other while we just "amuse" ourselfes. The suspension of the W650 was one of the topics - only two days ago in the German part of the forum!
I watch the "what's new" pages of Kawasaki nearly every day, too! Hope to publish pictures and some data on the day it comes out in Japan! I managed it with the 2006 Estrella! The pictures were online less 12 hours after the release!
Hi Andreas and all! I've not yet gotten the detail spec. on W400. According to the information from a moto-shop, the official announcement would be end of February and it would have a same frame with W650, but for a small body riders, lower riding position would be made with improved suspention etc... to get a lower riding position without center stand....without kick stater.... I think a New W400 will not be a simple scale down model of W650. If yes, it'll not be acceptable in japanese market, because the riders of hieght more than 170cm.., you can choose W650, but for small body riders, it's not easy to ride W650. What do you think?
Well, it looks nice of course, but in my opinion it is far too heavy for it´s 29 PS. So it lacks the charm of the Estrella and the power of the W 650. As Cadfael has put it in the german forum: It has got the disadvantages of both machines.
Hello I,too,knew the news of W400 at the official site of Kawasaki today. With the very nice motorcycle,it got to want immediately. ,I ride Estrella for the time being because I love Estrella. Estrella maximum