Kawasaki W650 Brings Spice to Sprint Bikes with the "Wasabi"

Kawasaki W650 Brings Spice to Sprint Bikes with the "Wasabi" - TheArsenale

If you're not familiar with Schlachtwerk and their previous work, head over here to see his last motorcycle to compete in sprint races. Tommy is now back with another crazy motorcycle that he dubbed the "Wasabi".


Based on a Kawasaki W650, the bike is purpose built for "Sultans of Sprint". The engine of the bike is great, reliable and smooth but that is the opposite of what's needed in these races. He called up his friend "Ulf the Engine Whisperer" to put his magic to work on the engine of the bike. They mashed together W650 and W800 parts to create a Frankenstein engine. New forged racing pistons were installed, boring it to 855cc, new cam, Carillo rods, bigger valves and a ported head. Many extra parts were removed, making the engine actually 9.5 kg lighter than the standard unit, yet it still uses the factory electric starter. A lower compression rate is used as the wet nitrous system is injected through Nitrous Express controlled by a Maximizer 5 control unit. New Dellorto 36mm roundslides and a 2-in-2 titanium exhaust spit out fire, with the whole exhaust system weighing just 1750 grams. 


Keeping weight in mind however, the bike had to be chopped down to bits to lighten the frame as much as possible. It took a call to bring Stefan Trautman down to his garage and work on the bike. With years of experience as a designer and constructor, Tom had certainly chosen the right person. A center-tube centered frame designed to incorporate a fuel tank inside without the need for an external tank, holding 3.3 liters of fuel. Total weight? 7.3 kilograms. 


While the bike won't be the most powerful in the competition, we doubt there'll be anything lighter than this. Tommy says that this is a boy's toys and a really dangerous one. You feel every vibration of the road, there is absolutely no comfort; just the horizon and speed. It's like being attached to a rocket, a Wasabi powered rocket. 


Photography credits : Marc Holstein