2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS
2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS
2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS
2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS
2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS Review

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

All Roads, One Bike…

Its combination of long-travel suspension, sporty 17” wheels, a slim upright riding position and a low-mid range focused parallel-twin engine result in a highly versatile package offering riders maximum riding excitement.

•Compact 649cc parallel-twin engine combines maximum low- and mid-range torque and high-rpm performance for an exhilarating ride
•Slim, upright riding position offers a high level of comfort and nimble handling
•Windscreen with 2 inches of tool-free adjustment adds comfort for highway cruising

Difficult to explain and impossible to categorise, the Versys simply exceeds the sum of its parts. With long-travel suspension & sporty 17” wheels, plus a slim, upright riding position and its low to mid-range focused Parallel-Twin engine, the restyled Versys 650 is a sports partner, city friend and mountain road conqueror all in one.



2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

The Versys® 1000 LT and Versys® 650 models provide versatile performance
and touring options

The Kawasaki Versys® line of motorcycles was developed for people who have an adventurous spirit and seek out opportunities to explore the great country we live in. Whether it’s reaching a remote corner of the nation, devouring highway miles or commuting through the city, the passenger-friendly range of Versys models provides the ultimate platform for your next adventure or navigating through congested traffic.

As the flagship model in the Versys lineup, the 2016 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT motorcycle is adept at traversing interstate highways, taking you and all the gear you need to the remote paved locations we all dream of. This versatile and durable bike can easily cope with the daily grind as well, even making commuting more entertaining.

The 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS and Versys 650 LT models continue to lead the way in the street adventure segment with their proven reliability, back-road capabilities and superior performance. The Versys 650 has already solidified its place as a fan favorite and it continues to be a top choice as the go-to bike for riding enthusiasts in need of a fun, dependable and versatile machine at an affordable price.

Two versions of the 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 are offered – the standard ABS model, with everything you’ve come to expect from this highly acclaimed motorcycle, as well as an LT model. The latter provides the same specifications as the ABS model but has the added bonus of color-matched KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) hard saddlebags and gloss black hand guards to enhance its touring versatility.

2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Sharp, sporty styling

Completely revised styling package blends style, wind protection, aerodynamics and airflow management. The new twin headlamp design contributes to strong Kawasaki looks, while reflecting the Versys 650’s abundant potential for fun, sporty riding.



Larger-volume fuel tank

Increased volume contributes to a greater cruising range. Short-style fuel tank positions the rider closer to the handlebar, facilitating control.


17” wheels

17” wheels front and back contribute to quick, sporty handling
and accommodate a wide variety of sport tyres. Stronger wheels contribute to an increased payload.




Inverted front fork

Long-travel ø41 mm front fork with stiff springs is the key to active control of the bike’s front-rear weight transfer. Separated functions for each tube allow all adjusters to be at the top of the fork for easy adjustment. Settings contribute to both light handling and ride comfort.

The 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 motorcycle continues to lead the way in the street adventure segment with its proven reliability, back-road capability and stellar performance. And, with the updates completed for the 2015 model year, which included a radically new look for the Versys line, the Versys 650 ABS model will remain the top choice for riding enthusiasts needing a dependable, versatile machine at an affordable price.

One of the standout attributes of the 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS motorcycle is its upright riding position, which is ideal for commuting, back-road runs and weekend jaunts. Its narrow frame allows the Versys 650 ABS motorcycle to be nimbler than many of its bulky competition and provides excellent rider feedback.

The dependable fuel-injected 649cc, parallel-twin engine remains the best choice for this light and nimble street motorcycle, thanks to its lively performance and smooth acceleration. Derived from the Ninja® 650 ABS sportbike, but tuned for greater torque, the engine inspires confidence for daily commuters and provides fun on weekend trips. The torquey twin delivers a deep ribbon of power in the low- and mid-range, while also pulling vigorously to its rev limiter.

Long-travel suspension, coupled with the upright riding position, is critical to achieving the multi-role mission of the 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS motorcycle. In the front, the adjustable Showa fork enhances rider confidence and comfort. It splits the damping and spring functions into separate fork tubes, giving the rider adjustability while also saving weight. Long outer fork tubes enhance rigidity and provide the ultimate combination of light handling and supreme comfort.

At the rear, the KYB shock allows riders to quickly make preload adjustments via the remote-mounted adjuster. This can either compensate for cargo or passenger weight, or be tuned to the rider’s preference.

The crisp, linear ABS brake system includes Nissin block-style calipers to help enhance overall braking power.

An easy-to-read instrument cluster with a fuel gauge, maximum range indicator and ECO™ Economical Riding Indicator shows the rider when maximum efficiency is being achieved.


Metallic Matte Carbon Gray / Metallic Spark Black

Candy Matte Orange / Metallic Spark Black


A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories is available at authorized Kawasaki dealers. For the different models, these can include gear position indicator, 12-volt power outlets, grip heaters, LED light bar, soft luggage liners, KQR 47-liter top case, frame sliders, helmet lock, U-lock and more. Please visit your local Kawasaki dealership for more information.


2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7999 USD

4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled, 4 valves per cylinder parallel twin
Bore x Stroke
83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
TCBI with digital advance
6-speed with positive neutral finder
Final Drive
Sealed chain
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload/5.9 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Single offset laydown shock with remote adjustable spring preload/5.7 in
Front Tire
Rear Tire
Front Brakes
Dual 300mm petal-style rotors with 2-piston calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 250mm petal-style rotor with single-piston caliper, ABS
Frame Type
Double pipe diamond frame constructed from high-tensile steel
25°/4.3 in
Overall Length
85.2 in
Overall Width
33.1 in
Overall Height
55.1 in/57.1 in
Ground Clearance
6.7 in
Seat Height
33.1 in
Curb Weight
476.3 lb**
Fuel Capacity
5.5 gal
55.7 in
Color Choices
Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Metallic Spark Black, Candy Matte Orange/Metallic Spark Black
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months







2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN











2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £6,849 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
649 cm3
Bore x stroke
83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio
Valve/Induction system
DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 2
Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Frame type
Diamond, high-tensile steel
25?/108 mm
Wheel travel, front
150 mm
Wheel travel, rear
145 mm
Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear
160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Steering angle, left / right
Maximum power
51.0 kW {69 PS} / 8,500 min
Limited power version
35 kW
Maximum torque
64.0 N.m {6.5 kgf.m} / 7,000 min
6-speed, return
Final Drive
Primary reduction ratio
2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratios: 1st
2.438 (39/16)
Gear ratios: 2nd
1.714 (36/21)
Gear ratios: 3rd
1.333 (32/24)
Gear ratios: 4th
1.111 (30/27)
Gear ratios: 5th
0.966 (28/29)
Gear ratios: 6th
0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio
3.067 (46/15)
Wet multi-disc, manual
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating ø300 mm petal discs; Caliper: Dual 2-piston
Brakes, rear
Single ø250 mm petal disc; Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front
ø41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping (right-side) and adjustable preload (left-side)
Suspension, rear
Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,165 x 840 x 1,400/1,450 (high position) mm
1,415 mm
Ground Clearance
170 mm
Fuel capacity
21 litres
Seat height
840 mm
Curb Mass
214 / 216 (ABS) kg



*Starting at MSRP is the manufactured suggested price and excludes delivery, setup, tax, title, license, and additional fees and expenses. Bikes may be shown with optional accessories. Final sale price determined by an authorized dealer. Specifications and MSRP are subject to change.

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