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.

2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 650


Model Overview

General Info

  • 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

Main Specs

  • 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


2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 650 Specifications

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ENGINE

Engine 649cc 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, parallel twin
Power 68 hp
Bore x Stroke 83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression Ratio
10.8:1
Fuel System DFI® with 38mm Keihin throttle bodies (2)
Starter Electric
Lubrication

DRIVETRAIN

Clutch
Transmission 6-speed with positive neutral finder
Final Drive Sealed chain

CHASSIS

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
Brakes Rear
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
Color
Metallic Moondust Gray/Metallic Spark Black

ELECTRICAL

Ignition TCBI with electronic advance
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED

DIMENSIONS

Overall Length  85.2 in
Overall Width 33.1 in
Overall Height 55.1 in/57.1 in (windshield down/up)
Wheelbase 55.7 in
Ground Clearance 6.7 in
Seat Height 33.1 in
Curb Weight 476.3 lb.

WARRANTY

Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12 / 24 / 36 / 48 months

2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 650


2021 Kawasaki Versys-X 650 Features

Dual Throttle Valves

Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response can be strong. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.

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

Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an “ECO” mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the “ECO” mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced.

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)

Kawasaki ABS systems use front and rear wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed. Should information from either of the sensors indicate that wheel lock has occurred, the ABS ECU directs the pump in the ABS unit to modulate brake fluid pressure (releasing and reapplying pressure so that traction can be regained) until normal operation resumes. ABS offers rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.


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