2008 Kawasaki Versys First Look — Motorcycle USA

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Kawasaki Versys Tourer
Kawasaki Versys Tourer

2008 Kawasaki Versys Look

Kawasaki delivers a new to its 2008 lineup in the form of the — a mid-sized machine off the 649cc parallel Twin the Ninja 650R.

Kawasaki has a new addition to its stacked 2008 – the mid-sized Versys. The Japanese has been known to let the cat out of the bag early – as did last fall with the Concours 14. The new sport-touring bike is off the ZX-14 and was arguably the most ’08 design; however, the of this all-new multi-purpose … bike, based off the 650R, is an unexpected surprise.

a hit with European riders, now offers up this intriguing to the American public for 2008.

the looks of things, the Versys is a option for beginners and intermediates for an all-around ride. We found the 650R, which the Versys is a derivative of, to be an amenable model for riders when we tested it against the Suzuki SV650 year, and this new design to carry on the user-friendly habits of its forebear while challenging V-Strom 650 for market share in the Adventure Touring class.

Actually, the new Kawasaki seems to taken styling cues all of the aforementioned machines, with the … half-fairing and front look of the Versys leaving the of the front end exposed and giving the new a clean look compared to the How well the smaller frontal will protect the rider the elements will be a point of once we get some seat on this baby. The styling to its Suzuki competitor end quickly

Once the eye wanders down to the and exhaust, which is pulled off the Ninja 650R — the under-slung location an unmistakable from the half-pint Ninja, the Versys design takes stage.

The Versys 649cc Twin sports an identical x 60.0mm bore and … from the 650R. The Versys does sport some tuning changes, however, Kawasaki promising the modifications commuter friendly attributes smooth power and flexible On the spec sheet the changes in a 10.6:1 compression ratio for the 650R) and a claimed maximum figure of 44.9 lb-ft rpm (reduced from the 48.5 @ 7,000 rpm for the 650R).

Kawasaki describes the character of the motor to be entertaining for even the advanced riders, yet predictable to inspire confidence in less-experienced

The half-faired Versys looks to us a head-to-head match-up with V-Strom 650 as an entry-level adventure-tourer

into the dreaded de-tuned-for-your-riding-pleasure however you wish. Hopefully the linear powerband of the 650R is not too much by this self-imposed of the performance curve. Sometimes it but sometimes it doesn’t.

We’ll to wait and see how it translates in the real

A steel trellis frame similar to that on the 650R you get to the all-new gull-wing aluminum which stretches out the wheelbase by to 55.7 inches, and the trellis to the sub-frame which replace the passenger-peg brackets of the 650R. too is the gaudy red paint. The new swingarm is longer but still connects to the via a right-side mounted shock, from the 650R.

Geometric changes to the Versys are minimal with rake identical at 23 degrees and trail by an almost imperceptible 0.1-inch to 4.3

The rear Showa unit is for preload and rebound damping, 5.7 inches of travel. Two-stage valves on the rear shock progressive compression through the so that initial feel is but gets firmer as the load Up front suspension duties on the are carried out by an inverted 41mm fork, which is adjustable for preload and rebound damping.

The new delivers over an inch travel at 5.9 inches compared to the travel on the standard units on the 650R. Plus, they are not red

Six-spoke wheels and pedal-style are the same as those on the Supersport and Ninjas. Dual 300mm are up front, grabbed by two-piston while a single 220mm is squeezed by a single-piston design out The 17-inch wheels are adorned by a front and 160/60 rear

One look at the Versys exhaust, and rear shock and there is no that the new design is based off the Ninja 650R.

An interesting on the Versys is the adjustable windscreen, three height positions 20mm apart to provide protection for its rider. Behind the a control panel features a analog tach, with a display screen projecting a fuel gauge, odometer, and dual trip meters. A seat is also supplied allowing for a passenger.

Compared to its sibling (or is it more of a cousin?), changes include a six-lb claimed dry weight at 399 lbs and $500 MSRP at $6,899.

So, that us with the question: What of bike is the Versys? It’s a inquiry that even its has a hard time answering, as from its press material the Versys: Is it a practical commuter? urban assault vehicle? Light Tourer?

The answer on all counts is a resounding This isn’t a niche but rather a jack-of-all-trades with versatility as one of its many charms.

well Kawasaki doesn’t a hard time answering the but it sounds like an entry-level Touring bike to us. Whatever want to call it is fine, but we wait to get our hands on one figure it out for

The intrument cluser on the new Versys is by the analog tach, but a right display provides the rider a digital speedo as well as gauge.

2008 Kawasaki Specs:

Kawasaki Versys Tourer
Kawasaki Versys Tourer

Engine: Four-…, cooled, DOHC, four-valve per parallel Twin


Maximum torque: 44.9 @6,800 rpm

Cooling: Liquid

Fuel injection: Digital injection with two 38mm throttle bodies

Ignition: CDI

Transmission: Six-speed

Final O-Ring chain

Frame: cradle, high-tensile steel

/ trail: 25 degrees / 4.3 in.

Wheelbase: in.

Front suspension / wheel 41mm hydraulic telescopic with adjustable rebound and / 5.9 in.

Rear suspension / wheel Single offset laydown with adjustable rebound and preload / 5.7 in.

Kawasaki Versys Tourer
Kawasaki Versys Tourer
Kawasaki Versys Tourer
Kawasaki Versys Tourer
Kawasaki Versys Tourer
Kawasaki Versys Tourer
Kawasaki Versys Tourer

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