2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 unveiled

Kawasaki’s dual-purpose Versys 650 is receiving a comprehensive update.

The most visible change is the restyled bodywork, which looks much better than before thanks to a new fairing that incorporates dual headlights and an adjustable windscreen. Sitting behind it is a larger 21 litre (4.6 gallon) fuel tank.

Kawasaki Versys 650 (2015) Front Side

Beneath the bike’s skin, a stronger rear subframe offers an enhanced luggage-carrying capability. To help make the most of that, the suspension settings have been recalibrated, the rear end gains a remote preload adjuster and the front fork now splits the rebound damping and preload functions between the two legs.

Another aspect to get attention is the braking system. Along with a bigger rear petal disc and tweaks to the master cylinder, the calipers and pads have been replaced.

Power is still provided by a fuel-injected 649 cc parallel-twin engine. However, output is up from 63 bhp (47 kW / 64 PS) to 68 bhp (51 kW / 69 PS), while peak torque has risen by 3 Nm (2 lb/ft) to 64 Nm (47 lb/ft). Not huge increases then, but Kawasaki is promising improved performance at higher revs.

Buyers of the 2015 Versys 650 will have a choice of Sparkle Black / Ebony two-tone, Stardust White or Shining Yellow paint schemes. A UK price has yet to be announced.

Kawasaki Versys 650 (2015) Side 1Kawasaki Versys 650 (2015) Side 2

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