17” wheels front and back contribute to quick, sporty handlingand accommodate a wide variety of sport tyres. Stronger wheels contribute to an increased payload.
The key to the Versys 650’s sleek chassis is its compact Parallel Twin engine, which allows the use of a slim, lightweight frame.
Muffler located under the engine contributes to mass centralisation, frees up space under the seat and helps keep heat away from rider and passenger.
Revised mounting system for the accessory panniers gives them a more integrated look, and ensures the rear of the bike looks sharp when the panniers are removed (Panniers availble as accessory).
Larger-volume 47L accessory top case can accommodate two full-face helmets. Top case and panniers can be used simultaneously. (Top case available as accessory).
Long-travel rear suspension is designed to easily soak up road imperfections.
Tuning of the 649 cm3 Parallel Twin engine focused on achieving a throttle response that balanced a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character.
Increased volume contributes to a greate cruising range. Short-style fuel tank positions the rider closer to the handlebar, facilitating control.
A gear indicator is standard equipment for the the 2018 Versys 650.
Smaller ABS unit is lighter and takes up less space.
Changing the front engine mounts to rubber mounts instead of rigidmounts reduces vibration at the handlebar, seat and fuel tank,significantly increasing comfort. The reduced vibration also contributesto increased mirror visibility.
Combined with the slim, upright riding position, the wide bar offers excellent machine control.
The compact engine and slim frame result in a design that is narrow at the knees and feet. Repositioned footpegs offer a more relaxed position, making it easier for riders to spend more time in the saddle.
Reinforced rear frame and strong wheels allow an increased payload, allowing riders to take more with them.The strong rear frame allows riders to combine accessory panniers and a top case at the same time.
The Versys 650 styling package blends style, wind protection, aerodynamics and airflow management. The twin headlamp design contributes to strong Kawasaki looks, while reflecting the Versys 650’s abundant potential for fun, sporty riding.
Complementing the colour-matched panniers and top case, numerous accessories increase touring ability and contribute to long-distance comfort. Newly available accessories include LED fog lamps, shroud sliders and a gear position indicator.
Larger windscreen with a 60 mm range can be adjusted without tools, allowing riders to tailor their wind and weather protection.
Triple petal disc brakes look great and deliver plenty of stopping power. New calipers, revised master cylinder settings, new brake pad material and a larger ø250 mm rear disc deliver increased controllability, stronger initial bite and greater overall brake force.
Long-travel ø41 mm front fork with stiff springs is the key to active control of the bike’s front-rear weight transfer. Separated functions for each tube allow all adjusters to be at the top of the fork for easy adjustment. Settings contribute to both light handling and ride comfort.
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.
Dual Throttle Valves offer increased power and greater ease of use care of a second set of ECU-controlled throttle valves.
The Economical Riding Indicator is a mark appearing on the instrument panel to indicate favourable fuel consumption, encouraging fuel efficient riding.