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.
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:
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.
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).