Kawasaki Versys 650-First Look


The adventure bike market has not really hit a high note in the Indian two-wheeler market. Majority of the bikes that belong to this category are very expensive which puts off most of the potential customers. There is thus a need for an affordable adventure motorcycle in the two-wheeler market. Kawasaki has realised that there is a lot of potential in the sub-1000cc adventure bike segment. The company has officially launched the 2016 Versys 650 in India.

Design and Features

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The Versys 650 derives most of its styling cues from its bigger sibling-the Versys 1000. The nose of the bike is characterized by the powerful twin-headlamps, the half-fairing and the large wind visor. The bike manages to look very sporty and aerodynamic. The Versys 650 gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a large 21-litre fuel tank and split seats. The bike also comes with numerous genuine accessories to enhance long distance riding.

The standard features on the Versys 650 include:

  • Digital Instrument cluster
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • USD Front Forks
  • Petal Disc Brakes
  • ABS

Powertrain, Brakes and Suspension

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The Versys 650 is powered by a 649cc, parallel-twin cylinder, liquid cooled engine that develops a peak power of 68.1 bhp at 8500 rpm and has a peak torque output of 64 Nm at 7000 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The Versys 650 is equipped with twin, petal disc brakes at the front and a single 250 mm disc at the rear. The suspension duty is performed by USD forks at the front and a mono-shock setup at the rear. ABS is a standard feature on the Versys 650.

Our Take

The Versys 650 is an extremely capable bike that makes practical senses as well. The bike is very well equipped, looks sporty, has a comfortable riding position and delivers good performance as well. Kawasaki has priced the Versys 650 competitively. The bike is priced at Rs. 6, 60,000 (Ex-Showroom Delhi).


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