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Kawasaki Versys 650

Kawasaki Versys 650 is a bike available at a starting price of Rs. 7,36,034 in India. It is available in 1 variant and 2 colours. It is powered by a 649 cc BS-VI engine. It comes with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement649 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight219 kg

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Versys 650 Standard

 7,36,034Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Kawasaki Versys 650 Summary

Versys 650 key highlights

Engine Capacity 649 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 219 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 21 litres
Seat Height 845 mm
Max Power 65.7 bhp

About Versys 650

Kawasaki Versys 650 is a bike available at a starting price of Rs. 7,36,034 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 2 colours. The Kawasaki Versys 650 is powered by 649cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 65.7 bhp and a torque of 61 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Kawasaki Versys 650 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Versys 650 bike weighs 219 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 21 liters.

Kawasaki launched the 2022 Versys 650 in India at Rs 7.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It received some notable updates for 2022 including design tweaks and new features as well. Kawasaki offers the Versys 650 in India in two paint schemes: Lime green and Metallic Phantom Silver.

The Kawasaki Versys 650 gets a sharp-looking split LED headlight setup. It’s topped with a four-step adjustable transparent windscreen. Aiding its ADV nature is the tall stance with an upright seating posture, courtesy of the tall handlebar and centre-set footpegs.

It’s powered by a 649cc, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder engine that makes 66bhp of power and 61Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and gets a slipper clutch too. It’s placed in a steel frame that is suspended on 41mm USD forks with preload and rebound adjustability. At the rear, it gets an offset remote preload-adjustable monoshock.

The braking setup on the Kawasaki Versys 650 comprises dual 300mm front discs and a 250mm rear disc with dual-channel ABS. It rides on 17-inch alloys wrapped in a 120/70 front and 160/60 rear tyre.

On the feature front, the Kawasaki Versys 650 gets LED illumination, a 4.3-inch TFT screen and a USB charging port as well. The console allows you to pair your smartphone using Bluetooth. The bike also comes with a two-stage traction control system that can be completely turned off.

The Kawasaki Versys 650 gets a 21-litre fuel tank and tips the weighing scale at 219kg. It rivals the Triumph Tiger Sport 660, Honda CB500X and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT.
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Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

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

    • Should have got more electronics
    • Spares are on the expensive side

Kawasaki Versys 650 Review

We tested the 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 across a variety of riding situations and here we bring you a detailed road test review.

Introduction

Kawasaki Versys 650 Right Front Three Quarter

The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650, which debuted at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy last year, gets several styling and feature upgrades over its predecessor. However, underneath the revised styling is the tried and tested package that makes this middleweight sports-adventure tourer one of the best motorcycles in its segment. We tested the 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 across a variety of riding situations and here we bring you its detailed road test review.

Styling and Quality

Kawasaki Versys 650 Left Front Three Quarter

The previous styling update for Versys 650 came in 2015 when Kawasaki replaced the vertically-stacked, alien-like headlight assembly of the twin-pod setup. This 2022 model, in that sense, is an evolution instead of a revolution over the 2021 version. Thus, while the 2022 model continues to pack a twin-pod headlight, its Versys 1000-inspired design clearly distinguishes it from its predecessor.

Kawasaki Versys 650 windscreen

Further, the revised front fascia is accompanied by a new windscreen setup with a relatively easier adjustment mechanism than its predecessor. While this lever-operated setup is nowhere close to the much more friendly mechanism on the Ducati Multistrada or the Triumph Tiger range, it still is more convenient than the screw-type design on the 2021 version.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Handle Bar

The fairing, too, is revised for 2022 and the added panels on the sides provide the 2022 Versys 650 with an even more muscular look. Then, there are the new graphics and an additional colour theme. There’s also a new colour TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity that replaces the semi-digital console. It also gets more buttons on the handlebar to access various functions on the screen. But everything else is identical to the previous versions, and the 2022 model continues to pack a 21-litre fuel tank, single-piece step-up seat, two-piece pillion grab rail, underbelly exhaust, and 17-inch alloy wheels that are wrapped in road-biased tyres from the factory.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Tail Light

Now, several people, including some of my colleagues, found the Versys 1000-inspired design more appealing. To me, however, the sharper angle of the headlight and the relatively subtle design of the windscreen of the previous version still look more attractive. Nevertheless, this model has a commendable road presence and it will turn heads wherever it goes. The build quality is solid, and we found no irregular panel gaps, rattling sounds, or bad paint quality anywhere on the motorcycle.

Ergonomics and Comfort

Kawasaki Versys 650 Right Side View

The Versys range is designed to munch miles while delivering the utmost comfort levels. This motorcycle is no different, and the upright rider’s triangle and spacious saddle make the Versys 650 an absolute mile muncher. Now, unlike its 650cc siblings, the Versys 650 comes with Showa Separate Function Forks that are adjustable for rebound damping and preload. And the asymmetrically-mounted rear mono-shock comes with remote adjustment for preload only. Then, the upright rider’s triangle further aids the cause and improves comfort levels.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Left Front Three Quarter

However, there is some scope for improvement. The windscreen, for example, does not provide complete windblast protection, at least for taller people. Even in the tallest setting, there was a noticeable amount of buffeting on the helmet. And the mechanism itself, as mentioned earlier, is not as friendly to adjust as some of its rivals. Moreover, the seat angle pushes you into the fuel tank every time you brake aggressively. In fact, the single-piece saddle, too, can get annoying while accessing the under-seat storage.

Performance and Handling

Kawasaki Versys 650 Engine From Left

At the heart of the 2022 Versys 650 is the same tried-and-tested 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that powered the previous iteration of the motorcycle. While it is the same engine that powers the Ninja 650, Z650, Z650RS, and the Vulcan 650, the Versys 650 gets a different state of tune. 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 Left Rear Three Quarter

The power delivery is linear and the Versys 650 will tread along anywhere above 3,000rpm. It really comes to life from 4,000rpm onward, with a noticeable step-up in acceleration post 6,000rpm. The speedometer will sit at 100kmph at just under 5,000rpm while 120kmph arrives just shy of 6,000rpm in the sixth gear. This leaves you with ample power in reserve for quick overtakes without having to downshift. The six-speed gearbox works well too, although the clutch isn’t the lightest and it can get tiring in bumper-to-bumper traffic situations.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Front Disc Brake

Now, the braking setup has been retained from the 2021 version and the latest iteration of the Versys 650 continues to use 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 calipers. Overall, the hardware packs a good bite and sheds speed at a commendable pace.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Right Side View

Despite its ADV-inspired styling, the Versys 650 is designed for the road. Thus, it comes with 17-inch alloy wheels that make the motorcycle an absolute treat on the tarmac. It feels sporty around corners and stable at high speeds. However, the wet grip from the stock tyres isn’t very confidence inspiring and we recommend getting something different as soon as the factory-installed set runs out. That said, although the 17-inch wheels, road-biased tyres, and a low ground clearance do not make the Versys 650 very friendly for off-roading, the tall handlebar and good standing ergonomics allow you to enjoy some amount of soft-roading.

Features and Technology

Kawasaki Versys 650 Head Light

Talking about the features of this 2022 version, it gets all-LED lighting which brings the feature list at par with its rivals. Even the Bluetooth-enabled colour TFT display looks quite modern and is easy to read. Further, Kawasaki has improved the rider safety net with the addition of a two-level traction control system that can be completely turned off, if one desires. All of these features sound promising on paper. But do they work as well in real life?

Kawasaki Versys 650 TFT / Instrument Cluster

The LED lighting, despite being slightly better than the older Versys 650, still feels inadequate. Then, the information-rich colour TFT display, despite its Bluetooth connectivity, misses crucial features like call alerts, music controls, and most importantly, onboard navigation. Going through the menu is quite a task too, and it takes time to get used to the setup.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Right Rear Three Quarter

The traction control system is a welcome change and it’s remarkably easy to adjust, even on the fly. However, to completely turn off the system, you will have to bring the motorcycle to a standstill. Lastly, the dual-channel ABS is always active and you cannot turn off the system at the rear in case you were planning to go trail riding.

Fuel Efficiency

Kawasaki Versys 650 Fuel Tank

The 2022 Versys 650 delivered a fuel economy similar to the previous model at 19.4kmpl. With its 21-litre fuel tank, it should cover approximately 400km on a full tank.

Should you buy it?

Kawasaki Versys 650 Right Front Three Quarter

The Kawasaki Versys 650 is one of the best motorcycles in the middleweight segment of the Indian market. It has a road presence, enjoyable engine, and some really useful features. Further, despite the newer features and updated design, the 2022 Versys 650 is considerably more affordable than its rivals which makes it a very desirable option.

Kawasaki Versys 650 Front View

Sure, there are a few drawbacks like the inadequate windblast protection for tall riders or the insufficient headlight performance and lack of Bluetooth features, but these aren’t deal breakers and you can work your way around some of these issues with aftermarket accessories. So, if you’re looking for a sub-Rs 10 lakh (OTR) motorcycle, the Versys 650 should be among the top contenders on your list.

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Versys 650 Specifications & Features

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 65.7 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 219 kg

    Overall Length 2,165 mm

    Overall Width 840 mm

    Wheelbase 1,415 mm

    Ground Clearance 170 mm

    Seat Height 845 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) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity Yes

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation Yes

USB charging port Yes

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

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 TypeLED Headlamp

Brake/Tail LightLED Taillamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresTFT Instrument Cluster

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FAQs about Kawasaki Versys 650

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Kawasaki Versys 650 in 2022?

    A: The 2022 on-road price of Kawasaki Versys 650 in Delhi is Rs. 8,29,167. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better Kawasaki Versys 650 or Triumph Tiger Sport 660?

    A: Kawasaki Versys 650 is priced at Rs. 7,36,034, has a 649 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 219 kg, whereas, the price of Triumph Tiger Sport 660 is Rs. 9,08,000 with a 660 cc 6 Speed Manualengine, and weighing 206 kg. You can compare Kawasaki Versys 650 vs Triumph Tiger Sport 660 based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of Kawasaki Versys 650?

    A: Kawasaki Versys 650 is available in 2 colours which are Lime Green and Metallic Phantom Silver. You can check all the colour images of Kawasaki Versys 650.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Kawasaki Versys 650?

    A: Kawasaki Versys 650 is a Tourer bike that weighs 219 kg, has a 649 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 21 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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