2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 / 650 LT
Street-oriented adventure bikes are rapidly establishing themselves as capable commuters as well as tour bikes, and Kawasaki’s Versys 650 line is no exception. The 650 and the 650 LT deliver 68 horsepower and 47 pound-feet of torque to establish them as capable competitors in the mid-range adventure market.
2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+
Kawasaki raised the bar for its Versys adventure-bike range with the new-for-2019 1000 SE LT+. The Special Edition rocks a host of new comfort- and safety-related features to put it on Kawi’s top shelf and make it the flagship of the Versys family. If that sounds like high praise, just read on and I assure you, I’ll prove it. It may be set up as an uber adventure-tourer, but the factory added a full electronics suite to include items usually reserved for proper race-style bikes, so this thing really is a Cadillac on two wheels. I’ve looked forward to delving into this machine, so without further ado, let’s check it out, then see if I can find a suitable competitor. I’m thinking a Brit or an Italian at this point; let’s see how it shakes out.
2017 - 2019 Kawasaki Versys-X 300
Kawasaki entered the 2017 model year with an eye toward the small-displacement adventure-bike market, and the all-new Versys-X 300 was its weapon of choice for this new front. The “X” joined the rest of the Versys adventure-bike lineup with the characteristic family flylines atop unique features all its own. Most apparent was the 296 cc engine attractive to riders looking to enter the adventure world as well as the young adults emerging as the new generation of pragmatic buyers.
2015 - 2018 Kawasaki Versys 650 / Versys 650 LT / Versys 1000 LT
Introduced to the U.S. market in 2008, the Versys stable doesn’t really fit into any one slot. Sharing design elements with adventure tourers, sportbikes, and standard bikes, the Versys makes its own class of versatile commuter/weekender/tourer/grocery-getter bikes. Unless you want an all-out go-fast bike, the Versys lineup has a little something for everyone. A water-cooled 649 cc parallel twin drives the 650 and 650 LT and the 1000 LT gets a 1043 cc engine, also water-cooled, though engine size isn’t the only difference. The ’LT’ models are meant to take you on the long haul, but even between these two, one is more ’tourer’ than the other.
Continue reading for my review of the Kawasaki Versys 650, Versys 650 LT and Versys 1000 LT.
A multi-talented, middleweight motorcycle that will make your commuting and paved adventures lots of fun!
The Kawasaki Versys® 650 LT comes into the 2015 model year with a host of updates, including dramatic new styling, more power and torque, improved comfort as well as rubber-mounted engine and handlebar, plus new suspension tomaximize your street-riding fun. The 2015 Versys 650 LT is one of those rare motorcycles that is equally at home commuting on the local freeway or mixing (...)
Meet the 2014 Kawasaki Versys, a capable all-rounder that has all it needs to be considered one of the best bikes in its class.
Thanks to its sport-touring character and the high ground clearance the Kawasaki Versys can deal with a wide range of terrains without baking down. It is also surprisingly maneuverable and pretty comfortable.
At the heart of the motorcycle lies a compact 649cc parallel-twin unit that is the most compact model in its category and delivers plenty of power being perfectly suited for both highway and city riding. Its power is sent to the wheels through a modern six speed transmission that features a compact layout for easier maintenance.
The motorcycle is also equipped with a long-travel suspensions which enhance its off-road abilities.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the 2014 model year is available with a revised ABS system that now comes with dual 300mm petal rotors in the front and a 220mm out back.
The 2014 Kawasaki Versys ABS can be yours for no less than $7,999.
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From the moment you jump on the saddle of the Versys 650 Sport you are assaulted by a rush of adrenaline. This aggressive motorcycle was created for those who want a strong and versatile partner for their short or long journeys. Needless to say that thanks to its versatility, the Versys 650 Sport can join you in any adventure on two wheels.
Its power comes from a muscular four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder parallel twin engine with a displacement of 649cc. This beast is fed by a 5.0 gal. fuel tank and its power is controlled by a six speed transmission.
As far as ergonomics are concerned the Kawasaki Versys 650 Sport features an adjustable windscreen, a comfortable saddle, rubber bushings on the rear engine mounts and hollow rubber inserts atop the footpegs.
The Kawasaki Versys 650 Sport is offered with a 12 months warranty and has a starting price of $7,999.
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It’s really not hard to enjoy the new Versys 1000, especially when it comes with a combination of modern cutting-edge style with Kawasaki’s exclusive engineering style. You’ll also get the ultimate style and great flexibility in the multi-purpose Versys 1000. Yeah, the bike is that awesome.
The spacious color-coded panniers allow you to have a whole lot of trunk space. Plus, there’s a tank pad that makes your Versys 1000 Grand Tourer a really attractive Grand Tourer bike.
At the heart of this vehicle, there’s a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 in-line four engine with a bore and stroke of 77.0 x 56.0 mm that is useful for bringing a strong low-mid range torque with smooth power release. When compared to the Z1000, the Versys 1000’s engine brings a stronger low-mid range with the reduced peak power and both peak power and torque happen at lower rpm.
As far as user ability and functionality is concerned, the Versys 1000 has that covered too, thanks to a tough-design multi-function instrumentation with an analog-style tachometer and LCD with speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, clock, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, and external air temperature.
Enjoy your riding with this exclusive and modern Versys 1000 Grand Tourer.
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There’s no going around what is already considered one of the best bike values on the market today. The Kawasaki Versys is an award-winning bike for a reason. It’s a solidly built multi-purpose ride that will have you searching for more reasons to ride and more roads to explore. Customers can’t get enough of it, and surely, the 2012 model will further strengthen that belief.
The bike’s aggressive styling compliments its dynamic flexibility and strength. Adding to the comfort of the rider are rubber bushings on the rear engine mounts and hollow rubber inserts atop the footpegs that also help to isolate the rider’s feet from engine vibration, resulting in a smoother, more relaxed ride. The Versys also has a carefully designed cockpit that provides a mostly upright, natural seating position and features a stepped seat constructed to provide optimum comfort for both rider and passenger. Last, the Versys has an easy-to-read and informative instrument panel that allows riders to quickly scan the gauges and keep their eyes on the road.
Inside, the heart of the Versys is a 649cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine highlights the bike’s light and nimble do-anything characteristics. The torquey twin delivers a deep ribbon of power in the lower and middle parts of its rev range, making the Versys a great commuter and relaxed traveling companion. As far as its handling and suspension features are concerned, the Versys has a long-travel high-tech suspension to go with a Showa rear shock with two-stage damping that firms up progressively as the wheel moves through its stroke, providing an initially plush ride that almost hits to the level of high-end sports bikes.
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When talking about Kawasaki and its versatile, do-everything bike, the name that will always come up is the Versys. It doesn’t have the same heritage as its Kawasaki contemporaries, but when it hit the scene a few years ago, it received universal praise from everybody, including being named the "Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcyclist Magazine.
This year, Kawasaki is bringing back the Versys and if the 2010 model is any indication of what we’re in store for with the 2011 model, then prepare to make room for this bike in your garage.
It’s not even the most powerful bike in the Japanese bike maker’s line-up, but where it lacks in power, it more than makes up for in just about everything else. It looks great; it’s got enough performance capabilities to exude the Kawasaki tradition; and it’s got top-quality suspensions to make the ride as pleasant and as comfortable as possible.
Don’t mistake this bike for anything else. If you’re looking for breakneck power and speed, look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for a bike that gives a decent amount of everything you want, there’s nothing better than the Versys.
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The 2010 Kawasaki Versys is a funky middleweight motorcycle that carries on technically unchanged and yet is anything but a disappointment in terms of engine performance or handling. While most riders could have lived with a slightly lower riding position, the bike is now simply redesigned, but retains the original style that caught interest in the first place.
Kawasaki presents the 2009 Versys without having too much to mention under the “Improvements” heading as the bike is still a relatively new introduction, a faultless one considering the many positive opinions we got related to it.
They do ad a new color scheme, the Blue in the pictures, apart from Kawasaki Green, but the Versys remains the same all-rounder with many secrets yet to be unveiled when you jump on its seat. Combining a touring-like riding position with sports-like design and performance, a rider would have to reconsider its idea about data such as the 64 Hp, 45lb/ft moving 454 lbs wet weight.
That’s a great bike to get for just over $7K, now painted, hopefully, according to your preferences.