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Team OD  /
24 Dec 2015 23:36:03 IST

Kawasaki had showcased the new Versys 650 at the 2014 AIMExpo (American International Motorcycle Expo) where the tourer was given a fresh look to make it look visually distinct from the 2010 model.

The 2015 Versys 650 takes inspiration from the new Versys 1000 and looks significantly different from the earlier version - evident from the fact that the stacked headlights have been given a miss for well laid twin-headlights that sit on a new styled fairing along with a tool-less adjustable large windscreen. The Versys 650 also gets a newly designed more angular exhaust end can. Riders who wish to take the Versys 650 on long road trips as well as on touring holidays will benefit from the new integrated luggage mounting system placedon a new subframe.

There are changes on the foot peg position which has been now lowered by 15mm lower and pushed ahead by 20mm for a more comfortable and laidback riding position. The Versys 650 also gets a fully adjustable upside down Showa SFF fork and a KYB monoshock with remote preload adjustability. The braking system gets new Nissin calipers on the front and the rear with twin 300mm petal-style front discs and a larger 250mm rear rotor. In Europe, Kawasaki offers the sports tourer in four versions - Versys 650 Tourer Plus, Versys 650 Tourer, Versys 650 Grand Tourer and Versys 650. The difference among these variants is between the luggage and auxiliary illumination specifications. Kawasaki offers the 2015 Versys 650 with ABS as standard. See ourlaunch story here.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650New styling gives the Kawasaki Versys 650 a sportier character. Kawasaki replaced the earlier stacked headlights design - distinctive but not pretty - with Versys 1000 inspired aggressive design. Scaled down fairing looks more proportionate than on the 1000 though - win!

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 (5)For 2015, the Kawasaki Versys 650 gets completely new rear bodywork. Under that is the new subframe, which was designed to carry more weight - pillion or luggage

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 (4)The 2015 Versys 650 is powered by a 651cc motor that makes 69PS of power and generates 63.7Nm of torque

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 (3)The stacked headlights have been given a miss for well laid twin-headlights that sit on a new styled fairing. See the two black knobs on the bottom of the clear screen? Those are screws you loosen so you can move that screen through a 10cm range of adjustment. It's tool-less, quick and very effective

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 (2)The Versys 650 rides on road-biased 17-inch wheels. As in it might look like an adventure tourer in shape and form but it really is a on-road tourer by intent and design

The new tail end plastic on the 2015 Versys 650 helps luggage integration in a better wayThe Versys 650 is only available in one model and in one colour - black - in India. These plastic panniers, though, are available to purchase from Kawasaki. Should be about Rs 90,000 a set. They integrate very neatly into the machine, leaving no unsightly metalwork behind when removed

The long suspension travel of Kawasaki Versys 650 makes it a strong tourer and is a better option over the Ninja 650The long suspension travel on the Kawasaki Versys 650 makes it a strong tourer and is a better option over the Ninja 650

The footpegs on the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 have been re-positioned for an upright all day comfortable riding position. This helps for better shifts and riding comfort. Riders can take it over uneven undulations with great easeThe footpegs on the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 have been re-positioned for an upright all day comfortable riding position. This helpswithbetter shifts and riding comfort. Riders can take it over uneven undulations with great ease

The Versys 650 is powered by the same 650cc engine but has been tweaked for better fuel efficiency and more mid-range torque - width=The Versys 650 is powered by the same 650cc engine but has been tweaked for better fuel efficiency and more mid-range torque. The 6-speed gearbox is identical to the Ninja 650

The current Kawasaki India manufacturing facility has a line each for the assembly of engines and frames resp. for their CKD models. Plant has a production capacity of 5000 - width=The current Kawasaki India manufacturing facility has a line each for the assembly of engines and frames respectively for their CKD models. Plant has a production capacity of 5,000

The rear suspension of the Versys 650 gets remote adjustable spring preload. This helps the rider make changes according to the condition i.e. riding alone, with a pillion or with luggageThe rear suspension of the Versys 650 gets remote adjustable spring preload. This helps the rider make changes according to the condition i.e. riding alone, with a pillion or with luggage without needing any tools

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys gets new 250mm petal style rotor with single-piston caliper and ABSThe 2015 Kawasaki Versys gets new 250mm petal style rotor with single-piston calliper and ABS. The bigger disc at the rear comes into play when the bike is fully loaded and is carrying more load on the rear wheel

The large front screen of the Versys 650 has a tool-less adjustment. Comfortable for riders with a height between 5'4 to 5'4The large front screen of the Versys 650 has a tool-less adjustment. Comfortable for riders between 5'7'' and 6'4''

The Kawasaki Versys 650 gets adjustable brake and clutch levers for better riding comfortThe Kawasaki Versys 650 gets reach-adjustable brake and clutch levers for better riding comfort

The Versys 650 gets Showa SFF (Separate Function Forks) which feature adjustable rebound damping on the right leg and the adjustable preload on the left leg. - width=The Versys 650 gets Showa SFF (Separate Function Forks) which feature adjustable rebound damping on the right leg and the adjustable preload on the left leg

The new subframe of the Kawasaki Versys 650 help to accommodate weight of pillion and luggage in a better wayThe new subframe of the Kawasaki Versys 650 helps accommodate pillion and luggage

The Versys 650 is not an off-road centric bike but then has the best ground clearance of 170mm.The Versys 650 is not an off-road centric bike but still has substantial ground clearance at 170mm

The Kawasaki Versys 650 will be imported in the form of CKD kits from Thailand and will be assembled at Bajaj's Akurdi plantThe Kawasaki Versys 650 will be imported in the form of CKD kits from Thailand and will be assembled at Bajaj's Akurdi plant. The clear meters are a new design for the 2015 model but do not include a gar position indicator

The new Kawsaki Versys 650 will be only available at KTM dealershipsThe new Kawsaki Versys 650 will be only available at KTM dealerships

The Kawasaki Versys 650 gets Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs on the frontThe Kawasaki Versys 650 gets Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs on the front

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 gets ABS as standardThe 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 gets ABS as standard

The fuel tank capacity of Kawasaki Versys 650 is 21-litres, so that long journeys can be taken care of in the best wayThe new Kawasaki Versys 650 gets a fuel tank capacity of 21 litres

Also see:

Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS launched in India at Rs 6.6 lakh

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