AutoFun – Although the KAWASAKI ESTRELLA disappeared from the Japanese domestic sales list in 2017, it continues to be sold in Indonesia under a new name, W250.
Now its little brother, the W175, is available in Japan through the SOX motorcycle store. Although this is a carbureted bike not seen anywhere in Japanese bikes, it is a classic bike with great basic performance.
[○] Smooth engine and good handling
KAWASAKI’s ESTRELLA disappeared from the Japanese domestic sales list in 2017, but the motorcycle continued to be sold in Indonesia as the W250. At that time it was joined by its little brother, the W175.
The “Kawasaki W175” was based on the Barako II sold in the Philippines, and the exterior parts were completely replaced with a new classic shape similar to the W800 and ESTRELLA, which not only looked very cute but also increased people’s affection for she.
Classic appearance to match the “W” name
The W175 is based on the “Barako II”, which was mainly used as a sidecar in the Philippines, and is equipped with classic styling such as a teardrop-shaped fuel tank and rounded side cover, while the SE version on this test ride has a top-end version with the same color lamp housing, black wheels, exclusive seat cushion and fuel tank side protection.
Although the seat height of 775mm is a bit higher than the ESTRELLA’s 735mm, the footing is quite good and the riding position is very relaxed (the rider in the photo is 175cm tall and weighs 62kg) . First, let’s look at the engine from the start. 177 air-cooled SOHC 2-valve single-cylinder engine rated maximum power 13ps, the average horsepower and ESTRELLA basically the same.
It should be noted that the fuel system is not the use of the now common electronically controlled fuel injection device, but the use of conventional carburetors, hence the need to lower the lever the damper on start-up, then put it back on after the engine warms up. It’s a little tedious, but for experienced riders familiar with carbureted bikes, they will miss this way of doing things.
The single-cylinder engine is a bit larger than the 125cc, and the engine is attached to the frame without any shock-absorbing structure, so engine vibrations are transmitted to the rider, but the engine runs surprisingly smooth. Only after the author went to the parts list to confirm that it was because there was only one balance shaft in front of the crankshaft.
Since there is no tachometer, I couldn’t verify how much it was running, but low-end acceleration is certainly the same or even better than the 125cc model with the water-cooled engine, and despite the carburettor, it doesn’t feel like the throttle isn’t responding properly.
The grip is also very good. The bike is 35kg lighter than the ESTRELLA, so it feels comparable to the 125cc bike in terms of lean and lean, and it rolls very light and fast.
I don’t know if it’s because the bike is still new, but the front and rear shocks are a little stiff, and because it’s light, it’s easy to get blown away by crosswinds when riding. drives on the highway, but that’s not a disadvantage yet.
The brakes are disc brakes on the front wheel and drum brakes on the rear wheel, which provides ample stopping power for the size of the bike. And that’s exactly what this lightweight 126 kg bike offers.
Based on the Barako II’s air-cooled 177cc SOHC 2-valve single-cylinder engine, the gearbox was changed from 4 to 5 speed and the foot-activated device was omitted. The crankshaft is designed with a single balance shaft in front, and the clutch is a wet multi-piece type with normal steel cable operation. Exhaust tail section is Cabton style, rear shock is 5 stage adjustable, rear brakes are drum brakes with 17″ wire spoke frames on front and rear wheels, brake calipers front are unidirectional twin-piston calipers, and there’s no ABS system.