2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 650: The Quintessential Mid-Sized Adventure Tourer
The 2021 Versys 650 ABS is Kawasaki Motorcycle’s middleweight adventure tourer, now standardized as a global model instead of being just for the US and Japanese markets. Using a 649cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin based on the engine from the Ninja 650, the Versys 650 produces 68 HP and 47 lbs-ft of torque.
Standard equipment includes ABS, semi-adjustable suspension, and dual throttle valves for optimal fuel efficiency. As well, a GPS mounting bracket is also now standard.
In Canada, the only 2021 model available is the higher spec Versys 650 ABS LT model, which is also available in the US. The only major changes over the standard model is the inclusion of handguards for wind protection, and that the Kawasaki Hard Luggage System is included with built-in Kawasaki Quick Release mounting points
The 2021 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS starts at $8,399 USD, and the Versys 650 ABS LT starts at $9,299 USD / $10,499 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 650 in one place.
- Price: $8,399 USD / $10,499 CAD
- Key Features:
- Capable of both long and short distance touring
- Economy riding indicator
- Multiple accessories from luggage to engine guards available from Kawasaki directly
- Engine Type: 649cc 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, parallel twin
- Horsepower: 68 HP
- Torque: 47 lb-ft
- Wet Weight: 476 lbs (216 kg)
- Seat Height: 33.1 inches (840 mm)
2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 650 Specifications
|Engine||649cc 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, parallel twin|
|Bore x Stroke||83.0 x 60.0mm|
|Fuel System||DFI® with 38mm Keihin throttle bodies (2)|
|Transmission||6-speed with positive neutral finder|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Suspension Front||41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload/5.9 in|
|Suspension Rear||Single offset laydown shock with remote adjustable spring preload/5.7 in|
|Brakes Front||Dual 300mm petal-style discs with 2-piston calipers, ABS|
Single 250mm petal-style disc with single-piston caliper, ABS
|Tires Front||120/70 ZR-17|
|Tires Rear||160/60 ZR-17|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||5.5 gal|
Metallic Moondust Gray/Metallic Spark Black
|Ignition||TCBI with electronic advance|
|Overall Length||85.2 in|
|Overall Width||33.1 in|
|Overall Height||55.1 in/57.1 in (windshield down/up)|
|Ground Clearance||6.7 in|
|Seat Height||33.1 in|
|Curb Weight||476.3 lb.|
|Warranty||12 Month Limited Warranty|
|Kawasaki Protection Plus||12 / 24 / 36 / 48 months|
2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 650 Features
Dual Throttle Valves
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 is improved and power is increased.
Economical Riding Indicator
While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the “ECO” mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimize negative impact on the environment.
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
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