Touring motorcycles were not very popular in India initially. Even if someone did feel like owning one, choices for the same were next to zero. Kawasaki was the only manufacturer in this segment for a very long time with the very capable Ninja 650 (more of a sports tourer). Though the Ninja 650 is not an all out tourer, it can do a superb job at it nevertheless.
Competition to the Ninja 650 until recently, came from the newly launched brand Benelli, in the form of the TNT 600 GT and this Italian motorcycle is completely touring oriented, equipped with a very powerful four-cylinder engine. Kawasaki has not taken this move lightly and is planning to launch its touring Kwacker, the Versys 650 in India.
Now Kawasaki has imported from Thailand a Versys 650 for homologation purposes. This means that the Japanese manufacturer could soon be launching this new model in India. However, we should not compare the Versys 650 with the Ninja 650 as both are different machines altogether.
Younger sibling of the more powerful Versys 1000, the Versys 650 is a very comfortable motorcycle featuring a huge windshield, which is height adjustable; raised handlebars for an upright position and a big seat for the rider.
The Kawasaki Versys 650 is powered by a 649cc, parallel-twin, four-stroke, liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine. The engine uses a DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder layout. The bike produces a maximum power of 68.1 BHP at 8500 RPM and 64 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM. It is the same engine that does duty on the Ninja 650 and other cycle parts are also common. The other siblings of the Versys 650 include the ER-6n and the upcoming Vulcan S.
In terms of pricing it will be priced similar to Ninja 650 and will be a tough competitor among adventure bikes. We expect the Versys 650 will be priced competitively at INR 5, 50,000 ex-showrooms approximately.
Here are the technical specifications of Versys 650:
- Engine: 649cc parallel twin, fuel injected
- Horsepower: 68
- Torque: 63.74 Nm
- Gearbox: 6-speed with positive neutral finder