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Kawasaki Versys Review

Kawasaki Versys Specifications
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The Kawasaki Versys Story

2008 Kawasaki Versys U.S. Overview

Kawasaki announced the availability of the Versys in the U.S. market for 2008.

"The new 2008 Kawasaki Versys is a machine which occupies a hard to define sweet spot in the motorcycling universe.

Is it a practical commuter? Long-legged urban assault vehicle? Sportbike? Light Tourer?

The answer on all counts is a resounding Yes!

This isn’t a niche specialist but rather a jack-of-all-trades with user-friendly versatility as one of its many charms.

The 649cc parallel twin and the neutral handling and light steering chassis of the Ninja 650R sportbike made the perfect starting point for this comfortable gridlock commando.

A swoopy gull-wing swingarm, long-travel inverted 41 mm fork, six-spoke Superbike-inspired wheels, adjustable-height windscreen and a comfortable cockpit were combined to create a motorcycle that just begs to be ridden wherever the pavement might lead."

Kawasaki Versys Features
Liquid Cooling
2008 Kawasaki Versys
2008 U.S. Version of the Kawasaki Versys
2008 Kawasaki Versys - Left Side
Digital Fuel Injection (DFI)
Six-Speed Transmission
Trellis Frame
Single shock Rear Suspension
Long-Travel Fork
Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
2008 Kawasaki Versys - Dashboard
Six-spoke wheels
Comfortable Cockpit
Adjustable Windscreen
Kawasaki Versys - Front View
Kawasaki Versys - Right Side View
Adventure Touring Gear
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Kawasaki Versys Specifications
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, parallel twin
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.6:1
Maximum torque: 44.9 lb/ft @6,800 rpm
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel injection: Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: O-Ring chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 25 degrees / 4.3 in.
Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with adjustable rebound and preload / 5.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Single offset laydown shock with adjustable rebound and spring preload / 5.7 in.
Front tire: 120/70x17
Rear tire: 160/60x17
Front brake: Dual 300mm petal discs with two-piston caliper
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
Overall length: 83.7 in.
Overall width: 33.1 in.
Overall height: 51.8 in.
Seat height: 33.1 in.
Dry weight: 399 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal.
Color: Passion Red
MSRP: $8,699
Warranty: 12 months
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