Kawasaki India has announced the launch of the 2022 Versys 650 in our market. The middleweight tourer from the Japanese manufacturer rivals the likes of Triumph Tiger Sport 660 and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT in India. Here we list the top five highlights of the new 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 from its India launch.
The 2022 iteration gets a makeover in the form of a revised front fascia. The Versys 1000-inspired design brings a sharper look to the twin-pod headlight and the fairing. The windscreen adjustment mechanism, too, has been revised on the 2022 version to make it easier to adjust as compared to the old version.
All other styling elements, however, remain similar to its predecessor and the 2022 Versys 650 continues to use a 21-litre fuel tank, single-piece step-up seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, aluminium swingarm, and an underbelly exhaust. Kawasaki India will offer the 2022 Versys 650 in two colours – Lime Green and Metallic Phantom Silver. Both colour options feature similar graphics, body-coloured front fender, and colour matching rim tapes.
Apart from tweaking the styling, Kawasaki has also updated the feature list to match that of its rivals. Thus, the 2022 Versys 650 comes standard with full-LED lighting, a four-step adjustable windscreen, and a Bluetooth-enabled 4.3-inch colour-TFT display that works with the Kawasaki Rideology smartphone app. While the console features Bluetooth connectivity, it does not offer access to functions such as incoming call/message alerts, music controls, or turn-by-turn navigation.
Further, the colour screen shows a digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, shift lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, external air temperature, clock, battery voltage, service reminder, oil change reminder, and an Economical Riding Indicator. The safety net, too, has been enhanced and the dual-channel ABS tech is now joined by a two-level traction control system.
The mechanical specifications remain unaltered and the 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 continues to use a 649cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that makes 65.7bhp at 8,500rpm and 61Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm. The motor is linked to a six-speed gearbox.
The hardware remains similar to its predecessor and the 2022 Versys 650 continues to use 41mm upside-down front forks and a rear monoshock to handle the shock absorption tasks. The front forks are adjustable for rebound damping and preload. The rear monoshock, on the other hand, is adjustable for preload only. The braking hardware comprises twin 300mm discs at the front and a single 250mm rotor at the back – both featuring a petal-type design. Lastly, this road-biased tourer rides on 17-inch alloy wheels that are shod in 120/70 and 160/60-section tyres at the front and the rear, respectively.
Price and Availability
Kawasaki has launched the motorcycle at a competitive price tag of Rs 7.36 lakh, which is just Rs 20,000 more than its predecessor. In comparison, its rivals such as the Triumph Tiger Sport 660 and the Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT are available at Rs 8.95 lakh and Rs 8.92 lakh, respectively. The bookings for the Kawasaki Versys 650 are open across India and the deliveries will commence from the first week of July 2022.
All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi