The instrument panel has white LED-backlighting for increased visibility at night. Features include a digital speedometer, analogue-style tachometer, digital fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meter, etc.
When tuning the 649 cm3 Parallel Twin engine, our engineers’ first priority was to find a throttle response that balanced a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character.
A slim, upright riding position with wide handlebars offers both a naturally relaxed posture and great controllability, and allows riders to experiment with a number of riding styles.
A 19-litre fuel tank offers an ample touring range.
The stacked dual headlamp design gives the Versys a slim appearance and speaks to its nimble handling. Using a single position lamp further contributes to the slim appearance.
Triple petal disc brakes offer superb stopping power and feel at the lever. 5 mm thick front discs contribute to enhanced controllability. For additional braking reassurance, the Versys is available with front and rear Bosche ABS.
Pillion position was designed to offer a natural seating position. Revised pillion grab bars are flatter, easier to hold and positioned further out for greater freedom of movement.
17” wheels front and rear contribute to the bike’s quick steering. The 120 mm front tyre offers an excellent balance of quick steering and front wheel traction.
The combination of long-travel suspension with carefully considered spring settings is one of the keys to the active control offered by the Versys.
Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the…
Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.
On fuel-injected models, throttle bodies generally have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased.
Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of "following the rider's intention, while providing natural-feeling support." They are featured on many Kawasaki models.