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Kawasaki Versys bold new colour and price

Kawasaki Versys 650L ABS
Kawasaki Versys 650L ABS

The 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650L ABS comes in a bright new matte orange paint and the price has increased $200 to $10,199 (+ORC).

The learner-approved motorcycle is equally at home as a commuter, tourer or weekend fun bike.

It is powered by a restricted fuel-injected 649cm3 liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine. The engine has been tuned to maximise low-mid range torque.

There is also an unrestricted Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS available at $9999.

There are also new colours and pin striping coming for the ER-6n and Vulcan S cruiser, but no confirmation yet for Australia.

The Versys 650 models feature a large 21-litre fuel tank which provides more than 400km of range for long-distance touring comfort.

There is a wide range of genuine Kawasaki accessories for the Versys models including LED fog Lamps, gear position indicator, resin frame sliders, quick-mount panniers, top box, hand guards, DC socket, grip warmers and tank pad.

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650L ABS


Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement 649 cm³
Bore and Stroke 83 x 60 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 38 mm x 2 (Keihin)
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump


Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.438 (39/16)
2nd 1.714 (36/21)
3rd 1.333 (32/24)
4th 1.111 (30/27)
5th 0.966 (28/29)
6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Diamond, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 150 mm
rear 145 mm
Tyre: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (rake) 25°
Trail 108 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35° / 35°


Front: Type 41 mm inverted telescopic fork with stepless (right-side) adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload (left-side)
Rear: Type Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability


Front: Type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual 2-piston with ABS
Rear: Type Single 250 mm petal disc
Caliper Single-piston with ABS


Overall length 2,165 mm
Overall width 840 mm
Overall height 1,400 mm / 1,450 mm
Wheelbase 1,415 mm
Ground clearance 170 mm
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass 216 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 21 litres