Kawasaki unveiled the new Versys 650 at INTERMOT in Germany earlier this month, and now we have the full details on the updated version of this beloved bike.
The Verys 650 is a special motorcycle. Along with the KLR650, it's one of the few bikes you will be hanged in the streets for slandering. Luckily for those of us who are charged with writing about such things, it's also an amazing motorcycle and performs far better than you would ever think, given its spec sheet. I rode one to Arizona and back this year and fell in love with it (read: please don't kill me, Versys owners).
For 2015, the Versys 650 gets a facelift that looks much more Ninja, of which I am unfortunately not a fan. I loved the snub-nose. The footpegs have been repositioned 15 mm lower and 20 mm forward, which Kawasaki claims makes the Versys more comfortable. The rear subframe is new, and in addition to the reworked rear suspension, should make the Versys capable of carrying slightly larger loads — which is great for guys who pack like me.
The front Showa fork is all-new and now splits the damping and spring functions. The spring is in the left fork tube and the damping components are in the right tube. Kawasaki says this reduces weight and it should make adjustments a little faster, since you only have to adjust one side. The rear KYB shock is also new and includes a new remote-mounted adjuster to make it easier to adjust preload when you're adding a passenger or gear.
The Versys' brakes have been updated too, getting the same petal-type discs as the sportbike line and new front and rear block-style calipers, master cylinders, and brake pad material to improve braking performance.
The gas tank has been increased from 5 gallons to 5.5 gallons, adding a bit more range to the already economical Versys 650.
The Verys 650 ABS is the standard model, while the Versys 650 LT comes with Kawasaki Quick Release 28-liter hard side bags and hand guards. MSRP on both models has yet to be released.
2015 Kawasaki Versys 650
|Engine:||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, parallel twin|
|Bore x stroke:||83 x 60mm|
|Fuel injection:||DFI with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies|
|Ignition:||TCBI with electronic advance|
|Transmission:||Six-speed with positive neutral finder|
|Final drive:||Sealed chain|
|Frame:||Double pipe diamond frame constructed from high-tensile steel|
|Rake / trail:||25 degrees / 4.3 inches|
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload
Single offset laydown shock with remote adjustable spring preload
|Front brake:||Dual 300mm petal-style rotors with two-piston calipers and ABS|
|Rear brake:||Single 250mm petal-style rotor with single-piston caliper and ABS|
|Overall length:||85.2 inches|
|Overall width:||33.1 inches|
|Overall height:||55.1 inches (windshield low) / 57.1 inches (windshield raised)|
|Seat height:||33.1 inches|
|Curb weight**:||476 pounds|
|Fuel capacity:||5.5 gallons|
|Colors:||Candy Lime Green, Pearl Stardust White|