Kawasaki are making waves in the neo-retro scene with the well-reviewed Z900RS. But truth be told, we still really miss the simple, compact W-series.
Made right up until last year, the W800—and its predecessor, the W650—had a cheerful parallel twin motor with some of the best styling we’ve seen on a modern classic. And there are more than enough W-based customs on these pages to confirm how well they respond to modification.
This latest testament to the W’s charm comes out of Lyon, France. It’s a no-fuss 2002-model W650, and a collaboration between friends Nicolas and Sebastien, who run the custom workshop Egerie Motorcycle and apparel brand Age of Glory respectively.
They first met two years ago, at a flat track race, and quickly realized they had a lot to talk about.…