Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS for India: All you want to know

On 24th December, just before the Christmas evening, Kawasaki India launched the most anticipated  motorbikes for this year, 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS at a price of 6.6 Lakh (ex showroom Delhi). This motorcycle becomes the third 650 in the market from Kawasaki India after Ninja 650, ER-6N. Pitched at Adventure Tourer market, the bike satisfies all the touring needs by adding all accessories.

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS India with touring boxes

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS India with touring boxes

Specs:

The 649 cc Parallel Twin engine’s tuning is focused on achieving a throttle response that balances a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character. The engine pumps out 69Ps and 64Nm peak power and torque. The free revving motor is paired with 6 speed transmission that takes care of all the torque needs as per different terrain needs. 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS is very much inspired in terms of design from its elder sibling 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000.

Design: 

Sharp new looks give the Versys 650 a stronger Kawasaki identity, while reflecting the sporty nature of its fun, versatile package. The new upper cowl features a horizontally split design that reinforces the compact and sporty image of the Versys 650. Along with the sporty designed front fender, the aggressive new design contributes to a strong Kawasaki identity.

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS India

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS India

Suspension: 

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. With these settings, combining both long travel and stiff springs, this yields the benefits of both off-road-style and sport-bike suspension, offering excellent road holding in a wide range of street riding conditions and superb feedback, enabling the aggressive sport riding.

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS India

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS India

Competition comparison: 

2016 Kawasaki competes with Benelli 600 GT and  Honda CBR 650. Both the bikes are also categorized as Tourer but features inline 4 layout, whereas Verys 650 is just 2 cylinder motor. Considering the pricing point, Versys 650 is 6.6 Lakh, Honda CBR650f  is 7.3 lakh and the cheapest Benelli comes at 5.73 lakh all price ex shooroom Delhi. Though Benelli 600 Gt is the cheapest and most affordable 4 cylinder in touring bike category in India, it lacks the important feature ABS.

2015 Benelli TNT 600 GT in its element

2015 Benelli TNT 600 GT in its element

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS features and Specs 

ENGINE

Type : Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement : 649 cm3
Bore and Stroke : 83.0 mm x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio : 10.8:1
Valve system : DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system : Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 2
Fuel Type / Minimum Octane Rating : Unleaded petrol / RON91
Ignition : Digital
Starting : Electric
Lubrication : Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission : 6 speed, return
Maximum power : 51 kW {69 PS} / 8,500 rpm
Maximum torque : 64 N.m {6.5 kgf.m} / 7,000
VEHICLE
Frame Type : Diamond, high-tensile steel
Rake / Trail : 25° / 108mm
Tyre : Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
: Rear: 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Wheelbase : 1,415 mm
Ground clearance : 170 mm
Seat height : 840 mm
Curb mass : 216 kg
Fuel capacity : 21 Litres
Overall Dimensions LxWxH : 2,165mm x 840mm x 1,400mm / 1,450
SUSPENSION
Front / Wheel Travel : ø41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping (right-side) and adjustable preload (left-side)
Rear / Wheel Travel : Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability
BRAKE
Brake Front :Dual semi-floating ø300 mm petal discs
Caliper Front :Dual 2-piston
Brake Rear :Single ø250 mm petal disc
Caliper Rear :Single-piston

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