Difficult to explain and impossible to categorise, the Versys simply exceeds the sum of its parts. With long-travel suspension & sporty 17” wheels, plus a slim, upright riding position and its low to mid-range focused Parallel-Twin engine, the restyled Versys 650 is a sports partner, city friend and mountain road conqueror all in one.
Sharp, sporty styling
Completely revised styling package blends style, wind protection, aerodynamics and airflow management. The new twin headlamp design contributes to strong Kawasaki looks, while reflecting the Versys 650’s abundant potential for fun, sporty riding.
Muffler located under the engine contributes to mass centralisation, frees up space under the seat and helps keep heat away from rider and passenger.
Changing the front engine mounts to rubber mounts instead of rigid
mounts reduces vibration at the handlebar, seat and fuel tank,
significantly increasing comfort. The reduced vibration also contributes
to increased mirror visibility.
Combined with the slim, upright riding position, the wide bar offers excellent machine control.
Inverted front fork
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.
Smaller ABS unit is lighter and takes up less space.
A gear indicator is standard equipment for the the 2018 Versys 650.
Larger-volume fuel tank
Increased volume contributes to a greater cruising range. Short-style fuel tank positions the rider closer to the handlebar, facilitating control.
Numerous genuine accessories
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.
Slim, upright riding position -
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.
17” wheels front and back contribute to quick, sporty handling
and accommodate a wide variety of sport tyres. Stronger wheels contribute to an increased payload.
High chassis feedback
The key to the Versys 650’s sleek chassis is its compact Parallel Twin engine, which allows the use of a slim, lightweight frame.
Clean-mount pannier system
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).
Offset laydown single-shock with remote preload adjuster
Long-travel rear suspension is designed to easily soak up road imperfections.
Reinforced rear frame and stronger wheels allow an increased payload, allowing riders to take more with them.
The stronger rear frame allows accessory panniers and a top case to be used at the same time.
47 L accessory top case
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).
649 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Tuning of the 649 cm3 Parallel Twin engine focused on achieving a throttle response that balanced a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character.
Larger windscreen with a 60 mm range can be adjusted without tools, allowing riders to tailor their wind and weather protection.
Petal brake discs
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.