Versys 650 ABS
The Versys 650 ABS refuses to be restricted to any one classification. Difficult to explain and impossible to categorise, the Versys 650L is one of those machines that exceeds the sum of its parts. Its combination of long-travel suspension & sporty 17” wheels, a slim, upright riding position and a low-mid range focused Parallel-Twin engine results in a highly versatile package able to offer riders maximum riding excitement in a wide variety of street-riding situations, especially on twisty mountain roads. The 2016 Versys styling package better reflects this fun, sporty nature, while the refined chassis package and a host of accessory items make it easier for Versys owners to ride longer and farther.
The ideal motorcycle for commuting around town through the week and covering large distances on the weekend, the Versys 650L ABS is a highly talented performer indeed. The Versys range of motorcycles is all about going where you want, when you want.
649 cm³ 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.
To optimise performance for everyday riding, care was taken to maximise low-mid range torque. When opening the throttle, riders will notice an extremely smooth and powerful engine character that offers both a high level of control when making minute throttle adjustments and a gratifying rush of acceleration in the lower rpm ranges.
Dual ø300 mm petal discs are gripped by new twin-piston calipers. The design of the new calipers contributes to the bike’s sportier image, while new brake pad material offers a stronger initial bite when the brakes are first applied.
The front brake master cylinder features a lever ratio that contributes to both increased controllability and increased overall brake force. Large rear disc measures ø250 mm. The increased controllability and brake force are reassuring when touring or when riding with a heavy load.
Large adjustable windscreen
A large adjustable windscreen helps reduce wind noise and helmet buffeting, creating a serene space behind which to enjoy high-speed riding.
The cowling design helps direct airflow away and around the rider. Range of adjustability is 60 mm, accommodating a large variety of rider sizes. Conveniently, the screen height can be adjusted without tools (by simply loosening two knobs at the front of the screen).
Natural seating position
The comfortable seat and relaxed position enables long hours in the saddle. Each part of the two-piece seat was designed with different thickness and firmness of urethane.
Pillion position was also designed to offer a natural seating position with room for rider movement.
21 litre fuel tank
The large volume 21 litre fuel tank coupled with excellent fuel economy translates to an increased cruising range.
The new tank design expands into the side cowls to keep the knee grip slim and to keep the tank height from getting too tall.
Aggressive new design
Upper cowl features a horizontally split design that reinforces the compact and sporty image of the Versys 650. The aggressive new design contributes to a strong Kawasaki identity.
The new layout contributes to a more aggressive, sporty Kawasaki design. While its primary purpose is functional, the chin spoiler below the headlamps adds to the aggressive, sporty looks.