Kawasaki Versys 650 Review
The soaring touring spirit of Indonesia riders have created a lucrative opportunity for every motorcycle maker, to launch their cross tourer bikes, that solve the dual purpose of a power-packed ride and utmost comfort during long hauls. Kawasaki eyed this opportunity and launched its sports tourer – Versys 650, that fits all your excursions. The name Versys means versatile and true to its tag, the Versys 650 can be a sports bike, street friendly and off-road runner all in one. The bike was first launched in the western market in 2007. In 2010, the bike first made it way to Indonesia and instantly was liked by many. The current model available in Indonesia, in the 2015 facelifted version of Versys 650 that was introduced with sharp and edgy headlights to complement its sports ride look.
Kawasaki is world-renowned to craft bikes that push the envelope in both power and design segment. Versys 650 is one splendid example from this green factory, that looks as great as it feels. This entry-level adventure-touring motorcycle is based on Ninja 650 platform and uses the similar race bike styling. In the 2015 edition, Versys received extensive styling updates, inspired by big brother Versys 1000, that enhanced its visual appeal. In the front, the bike gets a sharp semi-fairing, with twin-headlamp and a wind protection screen that contributes to its aerodynamics. The exposed rear subframe of the double pipe frame in the rear enhances the Versys 650’s rugged character. Kawasaki Versys 650 has body dimensions of 2,240mm x 1,026mm x 1,400mm (LxWxH) and has a wheelbase of 1,415mm that ensures a sturdy base and agile handling.
Engine, Economy & Performance
Kawasaki Versys 600 draws power from a robust 649cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin cylinder engine, which has the propensity to generate a power of 69PS at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 64NM at 7,000 rpm. Mated with a smooth six-speed transmission, the engine delivers superb throttle response and strong torque at all rpm. The fuel injected engine has been configured with 38mm Keihin throttle bodies that ensure a crisp throttle response with a seamless flow of power.
Being an adventurer tourer, Versys 650 had to bestow a comfortable ride during long hauls and to ensure this Kawasaki has been instilled with various novelties, enhancing its comfort factor. Kawasaki has aerodynamically designed Versys 650, which saved it power that most bikes used to fight the wind. The use of new Showa forks and KYB rear shocks offers a sturdy ride. The 120/70-R17 and 160/60-R17 tires results in a well-gripped ride every time and its huge 21-litre tank make long rides easier than ever. Designed to bestow a pleasing ride, Versys 1000 has an upright riding position, with a seat height of 840mm, that enables easy machine control. To avail a stress-free and comfortable ride, Kawasaki has assisted this 650cc adventure tourer with 41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping in the front and Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability suspension in the rear.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
Being a sports tourer, Versys 650's braking mechanism had to be superb to support its tremendous power. Keeping true to this, Kawasaki has equipped Versys 650 with cutting-edge braking gear, including dual semi-floating ø300 mm petal discs for the front whereas a single ø250 mm petal disc for the rear. An advanced setup of ø41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping (right-side) and adjustable preload (left-side) has been used for the front and offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability for the rear. To further heighten its stopping power, the bike is also equipped with ABS in one of the packages.
The entry-level model in Kawasaki’s line-up of adventure-touring motorcycles – Versys 650 comes loaded with high-end technology and is one of the most versatile middleweight motorcycles around. In its price tag, Kawasaki offers a lot that other brands bikes fail to do so.