2013 Kawasaki Versys ABS Adventure Motorcycle Test

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2013 Kawasaki Versys ABS Motorcycle Test

Although an adventure bike derived an upright sporting motorcycle, the Versys ABS, a parallel 650, is really about is a machine that can suit any of riding you’re feeling up to

In urban conditions, the Kawasaki is an outstanding commuter. With a height of 33.3 inches, you a great view of your making it easy to avoid before you get into it. The EFI, two 38mm Keihin throttle delivers the power off idle a hitch.

Smooth down but with decent torque on the Versys slides through effortlessly.

Because of its adventure thanks to almost six inches of travel at both ends, the of the pavement is irrelevant. Nasty potholes are absorbed—not transparently, but enough that it won’t the ride. Agile at 454 pounds curb), you can squeeze your way traffic, and dive into spots or around corners at

This is a great city as long as the seat height intimidate you.

When it time to transition onto the the engine revs up to a 10,500 rpm and acceleration is not modest—you are at the speed or above, even on short if you’re willing to twist the The wheelbase is nearly 56 inches, and the a responsible 25 degrees, so stability is no at all. The Dunlop Sportmax are at peace with rain and you feel free to do battle on the as you see fit.

The large digital of the speed will at least let you if you’re getting yourself trouble. The tach is large and read, and there is the usual of warning lights. There is no position indicator, however.

riding is probably the strongest of the Versys. Heavily based on the Kawasaki Ninja 650, it to rev and lean. Again, the Dunlops plenty of traction and good though you will feel a bit from the road due to the height of the and your fully upright position. The suspension is better you’d expect in corners, as it dive excessively under braking or feel spongy

Once you acclimate yourself to the and limits, the Versys feels it can be ridden as quickly as the Ninja 650 in the

Brakes are no worry, especially ABS, which works unobtrusively. Initial bite is and soft, though when you to get a good grasp of the adjustable the twin 300mm discs to the grasp of the four-piston calipers. The brake pedal is a bit out of the way, so you be using it much.

Downshifting is as is the complete operation of the gearbox, so you mind putting the six-speed through its paces.

Turn-in is fully predictable and and the high pegs give you of cornering clearance, especially for a of this type. The 17-inch will accept premium if you’re serious about riding while still the versatility of the Versys.

There’s a sport tourer lurking the Versys. There are 35-liter sidecases available for the Versys Kawasaki, and a 30-liter top case is icing on the cake. With 100 of cargo, you can take a week off and without feeling like you to wash your clothes you get back home. A taller is available—highly recommended for lots of droning—from Kawasaki and Zero

Kawasaki doesn’t offer a seat–and some riders find the stocker a bit hard a while–so that’s worth into.

As far as the adventure aspect of the is concerned, be reasonable. It is not an off-road is a dirt road bike. In make sure that road is in good shape.

The Sportmax tires are not intended for excursions and the underslung exhaust is

We took the Kawasaki Versys out on the portion of Mulholland Drive and pretty good in a straight However, come into a at any speed and the front end will pushing immediately. You might comfortable backing it into on dirt roads—we weren’t and we slowed down.

Still, you feel like you aren’t you should be when riding the down a good dirt as you would on a pure street

There’s something very about having the Kawasaki in your garage. You know if any friend comes by and wants to go for a with you, you can go along concern. You won’t be as cool and low as cruiser friend, or as fast as superbike-riding friend, or able to go your dual-sport riding goes, but without a wide of riding, you can hope on and go along.

Friendly, versatile, and capable—the Versys is one of our favorite fun bikes, and it unchanged for 2014 (save for it available in green only in

Action Photography by Kelly

Riding Style

Helmet: XD4 Explore Silver

Jacket and AGV Sport Telluride

Gloves: AGV Mayhem

Boots: Sidi

2013 Kawasaki Versys ABS

Engine…Four-…, liquid-cooled, DOHC, valves per cylinder parallel


Bore x Stroke…83.0 x mm

Compression Ratio…10.6:1


Fuel System…Digital fuel with two 38mm Keihin bodies

Kawasaki Versys

Ignition…TCBI with advance


Final Chain

Frame Type…Semi-double high-tensile steel

Rake/Trail…25 in.


Front Tire

Rear Tire Size…160/60-17

Suspension / Wheel Travel…41mm telescopic fork with adjustable rebound and preload / 5.9 in.

Suspension / Wheel Travel…Single laydown shock with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload / 5.7 in.

Front 300mm petal discs two-piston caliper and ABS

Rear 220mm petal disc single-piston caliper and ABS

Fuel gal.

Seat Height…33.3 in.

Weight…454.2 lbs.

Overall in.

Overall Width…33.1 in.

Overall in.

Color(s)…Pearl Stardust White, Thunder Blue/Metallic Spark

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