The Commander – 1968 Kawasaki W2

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A couple of weeks ago I featured a “fully restored” Commander with a couple of details that you guys didn’t care much for. Here’s an example that will probably go over a bit better thanks to the lack of pipe wrap and the factory tailight. The bigger brother of the W1 (a name which Kawasaki would eventually bring back), the Kawasaki W2 650SS was also known as the Commander.

Kawasaki W2 - Front Right

The Commander was introduced in 1968 and received a slight horsepower bump (52 vs 49) versus the W1. Both bikes featured a 624cc twin, though the W2 was capable of 115 miles per hour thanks to the power bump. Sales were not tremendous, so Kawasaki stopped selling it in the US in 1970.

Kawasaki W2 - Left Side

This specific Kawasaki W2 also has a claimed full nut and bolt restoration with just 200 miles on it since the work. There are 14,650 miles on the odometer.

Kawasaki W2 - Right Side

Find this Kawasaki W2 for sale in Grant, Florida with bidding up to $4,650 and the reserve not yet met