Bike Review — Kawasaki 650 Versys

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Kawasaki Versys

Kawasiki Versys KLE650

All Reserved © 2009 Thomas W. Day

Gus over the Versy s at about 8PM on a temperate early April Our test bike was decked in Candy Lime Green, was a nice thought after particularly nasty winter. The was perfect, mid-70s, but the sun was going fast.

I had been fighting off a or flu all day long, but I thought I’d take a on getting in some early and night miles before it a day.

The Versys is truly a bike” and the tiny shield minimal wind protection. I immediately liked the Versys the downtown freeway-cager-dual. The skinny high seat (33.1), knee-bend, well-positioned mirrors, and throttle response puts the in a good position to survive traffic pitfalls.

I headed of the cities and tooled around a of familiar small lake

I compare everything to my V-Strom’s and the KLE650 compared well. I’m not a fan of riding, but if I absolutely had to cover miles at night the Versys’ would make it safe and comfortable. I kept an eye out for hoofed and put in about 60 miles before it a night.

The nicely tucked-in lights do their job,

When I pulled into my I took some time to out the Versys’ details. The console is neat and useful. The front gives 5.9 of travel and the rear is for 5.7, pretty similar to touring numbers.

The shock has adjustments for the spring and rebound damping, as do the forks. The territory exposes easy to a small tool bag, documents, the battery, fuse and a pair of helmet hooks. is room under the seat for a tool kit. Both are adjustable to fit your reach and of shifting and braking.

The rear is also conveniently adjustable. a few moments of fooling with the I had the bike feeling as familiar as my ride. The air filter is hidden under the tank and plastic, makes cleaning of that screen device slightly

The stainless exhaust/catalyzer is brilliantly under the engine, with th e aimed at the ground adding an bit of noise suppression that irritate the loud pipe into feats of engineering From the side, it looks the convoluted under-engine exhaust is by a bashplate, but it’s just a plastic panel hiding the The exhaust shape does, eliminate most of the aftermarket options.

It’s hard not to the Versys to my V-Strom, so I’ll give in to that fault and the best of it. The Kawasaki is 28 pounds and has a 5 1/2 shorter wheelbase and a seat that is 1 taller than the That results in a bike feels smaller and more In the garage, standing next to my the Versys looks unnaturally or the V-Strom looks like that would invite a or two of Sir Mix Alot’s I Like Big Butts.

The Versys’ narrow profile is for urban commuting, especially if you are enough to live somewhere enough to allow filtering and

According to Kawasaki’s marketing the Versys (marketing-cutesy-speak for Versatile ) is a sportbike. The suspension, upright position, tall seat and styling hint at something The KLE650 may be competition for the V-Strom, but the is a different animal.

Gus compared it to the 90’s Yamaha 850 TDM, it might be even cl oser to the of the 900 TDM that Yamaha has kept right up to 2009 in Europe and civilized parts of the world. is not aiming the Versys at the KLR adventurer crowd the way Suzuki pointed the This is more of an adventure bike. The roughest road probably intended for the Versys be cobblestones or practically any St. Paul street.

The Rest of the World has the Versys’ ancestor—the KLE500 twin adventure touring 1991 and, in 2007, replaced and upgraded that vehicle with the 650 which it to the US in the 2008 lineup.

Kawasaki says, “The was created for pavement riding on and city roads. As a result, the injection system was. mapped so the mid-range from revs would receive a and strong response from the I expected a little more end performance, but once I got used to to rev the motor above my usual points I found plenty of in the 650 twin. On the highway, 6th gear at = 55mph and 5000 = 70mph.

At the end of the cycle, the bike always like it could use another but that was partially because I was to take it easy during the miles. The mid-sized twin smoothly away from at anything over 2000rpm and the was usable near 1500rpm. If you late, you’ll still plenty of power to pull through the tightest corners.

my ride, the Versys got 45.5mpg a wide range of plugging-along-in-town and country road miles.

For my ride, I headed north out of St. into the countryside. The view the seat is unobstructed by the tiny and clean air is all that hits helmet, since the shield is too low to coverage or turbulence above

Taking my favorite two-lanes Taylor’s Falls, I kept a hand on the new engine while a feel for the bike’s handling. my way to Red Wing, I had nothing but fun trying to the Versys’ limits on Wisconsin’s Letter Roads. Like the Honda 650 Hawk, the Versys is up for anything the motor can deliver.

That adds up to a confidence-inspiring providing challenge for experienced and fun for newbies. On the way up the viewpoint in Red Wing, I touched a toe in the switchbacks. Maybe in the season, I’ll be able to the bike hard enough to it work a little, but in April lucky to have moments of competence. O n the way back from Red I slipped up and found myself on a hostile gravel road and the handled it at least as well as my

I think there is an adventure bike barely under the of the KLE650’s sportbike veneer.

No day goes uncontaminated. By late I’d managed to evolve my symptoms into a full flu. On a sunny 50 o F day, I was from chills, my joints I’d filled the helmet snot, and I’d coughed and so often that my face was opaque. Even with all of complaints, the Versys was comfortable. In I think the KLE650’s is fitted the first Japanese factory that I think could be as competent.

I’d put in about 300 and 8 hours on the bike with my ‘stich courier bag slung my back for my first long of the season and my knees still my back was no worse for the wear, and had fun.

In the August issue, Motorcyclist called the 2008 Versys the of the Year, which created a of late season arguments. a Versys found its way to the middle of the at last year’s Boring it drew a crowd of admirers. the recession hit, Kawasaki was by an email campaign asking the to bring the Versys to the US. If the economy do in this effort from the Versys ought to be a hit.

an MSRP of $7,099, the Versys is $400 below Suzuki’s V-Strom.

Accessory/farkle manufacturers been busy creating for the KLE650. Kawasaki/MRA are providing windshields and an adjustable top spoiler. has created tall windshields, and rear racks. Several make aftermarket seats.

offers the XC Deflector handguards an optional LED flasher strip. You can buy lowering kits. The usual make hooligan-style exhaust and systems.

For the adventurer touring Mototoys of Australia makes a bashplate and at least one US farkle is working on a centerstand.


Torque 44.9 lb/ft rpm

Cooling Liquid

Fuel Digital fuel injection two 38mm Keihin throttle

Kawasaki Versys

Ignition Digital CDI


Final Drive O-Ring

Frame Semi-double cradle, steel

Rake/Trail 25°/4.3 in.

Tire Size 120/70-17

Tire Size 160/60-17


Front Suspension / travel 41mm hydraulic fork with adjustable and preload / 5.9 in.

Rear Suspension / travel Single offset shock with adjustable and spring preload / 5.7 in.

Front Type Dual 300mm discs with two-piston

Rear Brake Type 220mm petal disc single-piston caliper

Fuel Capacity 5.0 gal.

Seat 33.1

Curb Weight lbs.

Overall length in.

Overall width 33.1 in.

height 51.8 in.

Color Plasma Blue, Candy Green

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