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Kawasaki Versys 650 [2020-2021]

Kawasaki Versys 650 [2020-2021] is a bike with the last known price Rs. 6,93,961 in India. It had 1 variant and 1 colour. It and was powered by a 649 cc BS-VI engine. It came with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement649 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight218 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 6,93,961

Kawasaki Versys 650 [2020-2021] is now discontinued in India.

Discontinued
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Kawasaki Versys 650 [2020-2021] Summary

Versys 650 [2020-2021] key highlights

Engine Capacity 649 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 218 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 21 litres
Seat Height 840 mm
Max Power 65.71 bhp

About Versys 650 [2020-2021]

The Kawasaki Versys 650 is the middleweight sports adventure tourer from the Japanese brand. The company has updated the model to comply with the BS6 emission norms, and the motorcycle now retails at Rs 6,79,000, which is Rs 10,000 more expensive than the BS4 model.

Styling upgrades during the BS6 transition are limited to revision of the paint theme. Everything else remains similar to the BS4 model. Thus, the latest iteration of the motorcycle continues to feature a twin-pod headlight, adjustable windscreen, semi-digital instrument cluster, wide handlebar, 21-litre fuel tank, step-up seat and an underbelly exhaust. The Versys 650 BS6 is currently listed in a single colour option – Candy Lime Green.

The motorcycle retains the displacement of 649cc and the parallel twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine now produces 65.7bhp of power at 8,500rpm and 61Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm. In comparison, the BS4 model produced 67.4bhp of power and 64Nm of torque. The motor is linked to a six-speed gearbox.

It also retains the adjustable suspension, with the preload and rebound-adjustable front and preload-adjustable rear. The motorcycle rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with road-biased tyres. Anchoring power comes from twin, petal-type discs at the front and a single rotor at the back while the safety net includes ABS.
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Kawasaki Versys 650 [2020-2021] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Offers excellent ride comfort
    • The 650cc engine is loaded with torque
    • Easy to ride in the city
  • Could be Better

    • Has an outdated instrument cluster
    • Could get better electronic aids

BikeWale's Take

The Kawasaki Versys 650 is comfortable, is good at touring and is fun around corners. It is also easy to ride in the city. Furthermore, the bike's 649cc, parallel-twin engine is smooth and refined. However, it could do better electronic aids and more features.

Kawasaki Versys 650 [2020-2021] Review

We clocked over 1,300km on the 2021 Kawasaki Versys 650 where we evaluated its styling, performance, ride-quality, handling, fuel economy, and features.

Introduction

Kawasaki Versys 650 Right Front Three Quarter

Why to buy it? 

- Very enjoyable engine

- Comfortable for long distances

- Good road presence

Why to avoid it?

- Lacks features

- Fewer colour choices

The Kawasaki Versys 650 has not received any major upgrades since 2015. That, however, changed in November 2021 when the Japanese two-wheeler maker unveiled the updated version at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Front View

The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650, which is currently available in the international markets and soon arriving in India, gets several styling upgrades and a slightly tweaked feature list over the 2021 version. These include the addition of LED headlight, revised mechanism for windscreen adjustment, Bluetooth-enabled colour-TFT display, and two-level traction control system. So, why are we reviewing the 2021 model when the 2022 version is expected to arrive in India soon? That’s because mechanically, the 2022 model is identical to the 2021 version and thus you can expect a similar riding experience on the updated Versys 650.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Left Front Three Quarter

We have clocked over 1,300km on the 2021 Versys 650 and thus have evaluated its styling, performance, ride quality, handling, fuel economy, and features. Here, we bring you a detailed road test review of the 2021 Kawasaki Versys 650.

Styling and Quality

Kawasaki Versys 650 Right Front Three Quarter

Versys 650’s styling received a major upgrade in 2015 when Kawasaki dropped the vertically-stacked headlight design for the twin-pod units that you see presently. This sharp design drew styling inspiration from the previous-generation Versys 1000. Further, you get a windscreen that uses one of the most unfriendly adjustment mechanisms, a semi-fairing, and a body-coloured fender.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Instrument Cluster

Behind the windscreen is a semi-digital instrument cluster which comprises an analogue tachometer and a compact LCD, and is accompanied by a plastic panel to avoid sun glare. The digital display shows the speedometer, gear position indicator, upshift indicator, fuel gauge, ECO indicator, odometer, two trip meters, average fuel consumption, real-time fuel consumption, and the remaining range.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Fuel Tank

Speaking of range, the Kawasaki Versys 650 can munch miles between fuel stops, thanks to its 21-litre tank, which we will discuss in detail in the latter part of the review. Other styling elements include a single-piece saddle, split-style pillion grab rail, an underbelly exhaust, and 17-inch alloy wheels on both ends. The build quality is commendable too, with almost no visible gaps between the body panels. 

Kawasaki Versys 650 Windscreen Adjusting Knob

That said, one of the major issues with the 2021 Versys 650 is the windscreen adjusting mechanism that requires the rider to stop the motorcycle, undo the two screws at the front, and then move the shield. This has been revised on the 2022 version but compared to the Triumphs and Ducatis of the world, this mechanism feels archaic. Another issue is the single-piece saddle. You have to take off the entire saddle to access the under-seat area. This can be annoying while accessing the tool kit or motorcycle’s documents in the middle of the road.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Bike Seat

Save for these, the Kawasaki Versys 650 is a very appealing motorcycle. And it shines even further in the comfort department.

Ergonomics and Comfort

Kawasaki Versys 650 Left Side View

The Versys 650 is designed to be a road-biased highway tourer and thus packs commendable windblast protection and upright ergonomics. The seated and standing ergonomics are spot-on for my 5’10” height. The seat height though friendly for me, shorter riders may face issues and might have to tip-toe their way around the parking lot and in traffic situations. While the saddle is spacious, the seat’s angle keeps pushing you into the fuel tank and this becomes uncomfortable over time. There is an aftermarket fix for it that raises the saddle from the front but then it leaves an ugly gap between the panels and increases the overall seat height further. 

Kawasaki Versys 650 Front Suspension

Now, the suspension setup here is better than any of its rivals. That said, its stock setting felt too soft for my near 64kg bodyweight. However, the Versys 650 gets Showa Separate Function Forks at the front that offer preload and rebound damping adjustment. At the back, the mono-shock can be remotely adjusted for preload. This allows the rider to adjust the setup as per their preference. Do note that this is the only motorcycle in its segment in the Indian market to offer this feature, thus giving the Versys 650 an edge over its rivals (and its 650cc siblings).

Performance and Handling

Kawasaki Versys 650 Left Rear Three Quarter

The Versys 650 shares its tried-and-tested 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine with the Ninja 650, Z650, Z650RS, and the Vulcan 650. The motor is tuned differently here as compared to its 650cc siblings. Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the parallel-twin engine makes a healthy 65.7bhp at 8,500rpm and 61Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Engine From Right

The engine builds power in a linear fashion and accelerates swiftly from 4,000rpm onwards. There is a noticeable step-up in acceleration post 6,000rpm and, at this point in the top-cog, the speedometer is already venturing into the triple-digit speeds. The mid-triple-digit cruising speeds are effortless, and the Kawasaki Versys 650 will happily accelerate past 170kmph. The six-speed gearbox feels crisp and we did not face any issues with the gearshifts. The clutch, however, feels heavy and it becomes tiring in bumper-to-bumper traffic situations.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Front Disc Brake

The braking setup includes twin 300mm rotors at the front and a single 250mm disc at the back – both featuring a petal-type layout and grabbed by Nissin-sourced callipers. The hardware, albeit not at par with the Brembo callipers on its premium rivals, packs a good amount of feedback.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Left Side View

In terms of handling, the 17-inch alloys make it an absolute treat on the tarmac, especially around the corners. Sure, the top-heavy design limits its sharpness as compared to the Ninja 650 or the Z650. But it would still tackle corners with enthusiasm. The same setup, however, makes it uneasy off the beaten path. It surely can do some amount of soft-roading but the low ground clearance and the 17-inch wheels shod in road-biased tyres limit its off-roading prowess. Nonetheless, the aforementioned adjustable suspension setup allows the rider to tune the setting as per their requirement.

Features and Technology

Kawasaki Versys 650 Head Light

The feature list here is bare-basic as compared to its rivals, such as the Triumph Tiger Sport 660 or even the KTM 390 Adventure. That, however, has changed to a certain extent on the 2022 model that gets full-LED lighting, a Bluetooth-enabled colour-TFT display, and two-level traction control system. This 2021 version, however, uses a halogen headlight and a semi-digital instrument cluster. This headlight isn’t the strongest that we have tested so far, and if you are someone who prefers to ride after dark, a pair of auxiliary lights should be on top of your buying list. The safety net, too, is basic and the 2021 Versys 650 only gets a dual-channel ABS tech.

Fuel Efficiency

Kawasaki Versys 650 Fuel Tank

The Versys 650 returned an overall fuel efficiency (city and highway combined) of almost 19kmpl. This gives the motorcycle a range of 400km between fuel stops.

Should you buy it?

Kawasaki Versys 650 Right Side View

The Kawasaki Versys 650 is a fantastic package for anyone who is looking for a road-biased touring motorcycle. The 2021 version, however, is no longer in production and thus you cannot buy it. This model missed a few features that the competition already had but that has been addressed in the 2022 version. At the same time, the latest iteration of the motorcycle retains the tried-and-tested engine from the 2021 model which is enjoyable without being too intimidating along with the adjustable suspension setup – all of which make the Versys 650 an absolute treat to ride.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Left Front Three Quarter

On the downside, the updated model will retail at a premium price tag over the 2021 version. It is expected to carry a premium of about Rs 40,000-60,000 over the discontinued version and we expect it to arrive in the Rs 7.50-7.75 lakh range. Still, it will be much cheaper than the Triumph Tiger Sport 660 which is currently priced at Rs 8.95 lakh. In fact, the V-Strom, too, retails at a higher price tag than the Versys 650 and is available at Rs 8.92 lakh.

Photography by Kaustubh Gandhi 

All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi

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Versys 650 [2020-2021] Specifications & Features

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 65.71 bhp @ 8,500 rpm

    Max Torque 61 Nm @ 7,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. BS-VI

    Displacement 649 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 83 mm

    Stroke 60 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.8:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Wet Multi-Disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 21 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures 3.1 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed These are estimated figures 199 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 160/60 - ZR17

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 250 mm

    Calliper Type Front- 2 Piston, Rear- Single Piston Calliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Front Tyre Size 120/70 - ZR17

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 33 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 36 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 33 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 42 psi

    Front Suspension ø41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping

    Rear Suspension Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability/145 mm

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 218 kg

    Overall Length 2,165 mm

    Overall Width 840 mm

    Wheelbase 1,415 mm

    Ground Clearance 170 mm

    Seat Height 840 mm

    Overall Height 1,400 mm

    Chassis Type Diamond, high-tensile steel

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 2 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) 30000 Kilometers

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) No

Mobile App Connectivity No

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Battery12V 10 Ah (10 HR)

Headlight TypeBulb and Reflector

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresGear Indicator

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Kawasaki Versys 650 [2020-2021] User Reviews

4.7 3 ratings 1 review
  •  4Best road tourer 1 year ago by Veeraraghavan N, Cochin

    Its a very good touring machine mostly tarmac friendly. The stock tyres are useless so as the stock headlight. After riding more than 800 kms in a day, the seat height is the biggest concern for anyone under 5.10 since the bike is top heavy. The bs6 engine looses around

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