Versys 650 –

Versys 650

Starting At

Engine :4-stroke Parallel Twin
Type :Liquid-cooled
Displacement :649 cc
Valve System :DOHC 8 Valves
Power :51 kW {69 PS} / 8,500 rpm
Torque :64 N.m {6.5 kgf.m} / 7,000 rpm

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Slim, upright riding position

The compact engine and slim frame result in a design that is narrow at the knees and feet. Repositioned footpegs offer a more relaxed position, making it easier for riders to spend more time in the saddle

Reduced vibration

Changing the front engine mounts to rubber mounts instead of rigid
mounts reduces vibration at the handlebar, seat and fuel tank,
significantly increasing comfort. The reduced vibration also contributes
to increased mirror visibility.

Gear Indicator

A gear indicator is standard equipment for the the 2018 Versys 650.

Clean-mount pannier system

Revised mounting system for the accessory panniers gives them a more integrated look, and ensures the rear of the bike looks sharp when the panniers are removed (Panniers availble as accessory).

Offset laydown single-shock with remote preload adjuster

Long-travel rear suspension is designed to easily soak up road imperfections.

Wide handlebar

Combined with the slim, upright riding position, the wide bar offers excellent machine control.

Adjustable windscreen

Larger windscreen with a 60 mm range can be adjusted without tools, allowing riders to tailor their wind and weather protection.

High chassis feedback

The key to the Versys 650’s sleek chassis is its compact Parallel Twin engine, which allows the use of a slim, lightweight frame.

Petal brake discs

Triple petal disc brakes look great and deliver plenty of stopping power. New calipers, revised master cylinder settings, new brake pad material and a larger ø250 mm rear disc deliver increased controllability, stronger initial bite and greater overall brake force.


Smaller ABS unit is lighter and takes up less space.

Inverted front fork

The compact engine and slim frame result in a design that is narrow at the knees and feet. Re-positioned foot-pegs offer a more relaxed position, making it easier for riders to spend more time in the saddle.
The combination of a compact Parallel Twin engine and a narrow, lightweight trellis frame enabled by the offset lay-down rear suspension, contributes to the slim design and makes it easier for riders to reach the ground with their feet.

Large-volume fuel tank

Long-travel ø41 mm front fork with stiff springs is the key to active control of the bike’s front-rear weight transfer. Separated functions for each tube allow all adjusters to be at the top of the fork for easy adjustment. Settings contribute to both light handling and ride comfort.

649 cm3 liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin

Tuning of the 649cc Parallel Twin engine focused on achieving a throttle response that balanced a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character.

Sharp, sporty styling

The Versys 650 styling package blends style, wind protection, aerodynamics and airflow management. The twin headlamp design contributes to strong Kawasaki looks, while reflecting the Versys 650’s abundant potential for fun, sporty riding.

Under-engine muffler

Muffler located under the engine contributes to mass centralisation, frees up space under the seat and helps keep heat away from rider and passenger.

17” wheels

17” wheels front and back contribute to quick, sporty handling
and accommodate a wide variety of sport tyres. Stronger wheels contribute to an increased payload.


Engine & Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement 649 cc
Bore and Stroke 83.0 mm x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 2
Fuel Type / Minimum Octane Rating Unleaded petrol
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission 6 speed, return
Maximum power 51 kW {69 PS} / 8,500 rpm
Maximum power with Ram Air -
Maximum torque 64 N.m {6.5 kgf.m} / 7,000 rpm
Dimensions & Chassis
Frame Type Diamond, high-tensile steel
Rake / Trail 25° / 108 mm
Tyre - Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre - Rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Wheelbase 1,415 mm
Ground clearance 170 mm
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass 216 kg
Fuel capacity 21 Litres
Overall Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,165 x 840 x 1,400 mm
Brakes & Suspension
Front / Wheel Travel ø41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping (right-side) and adjustable preload (left-side)/ 150 mm
Rear / Wheel Travel Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability/145 mm
Brake - Front Dual semi-floating ø300 mm petal discs
Caliper - Front Dual 2-piston
Brake - Rear Single ø250 mm petal disc
Caliper - Rear Single-piston