2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS Guide

2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS

2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS


2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS:

The Versys® 650 ABS and Versys® 650 LT adventure motorcycles are capable machines designed for fun and comfortable riding. Known for Kawasaki’s torquey 650cc parallel twin engine and lightweight chassis, the Versys 650 ABS has smooth handling and responsive feedback. It’s a capable motorcycle that sits nicely in the middleweight category, meeting a variety of riders’ needs. The Versys 650 LT models come standard with hand guards and saddlebags. The Versys 650 ABS and Versys 650 LT are both returning for 2019 with new color offerings in Metallic Moondust Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black with an MSRP of 8,299 and the Versys 650 LT priced at $9,199 USD.

The Kawasaki Versys® 650 LT has all of the features of the standard Versys 650 ABS and adds Kawasaki Quick Release 28-Liter Saddlebags and hand guards as standard equipment to make it touring ready straight off the showroom.

The Versys is one of those machines that exceeds the sum of its parts. Its name, derived from “vertex” (Latin for pinnacle, summit, top) and “system,” hints at its goal of offering a truly superior platform that maximizes fun in any number of street riding situations. One ride is all it takes to confirm that the Versys 650 delivers on its any-street promise.




2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features


• Color-matched hard saddlebags are water resistant to protect cargo.
• Saddlebag design integrates with the tail section and is large enough to hold a typical full-faced helmet.
• Direct-mount system allows the saddlebags to be quickly and easily removed. When removed there is no supporting framework to detract from the Versys’ design.
• Convenient one-key lock system. Customized saddlebag locks are matched to the vehicle’s ignition key so that one key operates all locks on the bike.
• Each bag is close to the motorcycle’s centerline for a narrow profile
• Hand guards add to the long-range comfort and capability.
• 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
• LT models come equipped with a set of color-matched 28 liter (each) hard saddlebags featuring KQR™ mounts and an integrated mounting system that utilizes the ignition key for simple saddlebag unlocking and removal
• LT models come equipped with hand guards for increased wind protection
• Comes with a 24-month limited warranty




2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Compact 649cc Twin-Cylinder, DOHC Engine
• Kawasaki Air Management System(KP) (KAMS) radiator fan cover helps direct hot engine air down to the ground and away from the rider.
• Compact parallel twin engine helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle to keep it small and nimble.
• Tuned to deliver strong, responsive power from 3-6,000 rpm for greater acceleration from a stop.
• Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes the engine very short from front to back, a semi-dry sump(KP) oil system reduces overall engine height, while the narrow pitch of the chrome
composite(KP) plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine width.
• One-piece muffler and exhaust pipe helps boost top-end engine performance.
• Muffler with 3-way catalyzer and bullet-tip opening is mounted below the engine to help lower the center of gravity and aid weight centralization.
• 180-degree crankshaft plus balancer shaft for extremely smooth engine operation.
• Oil jets in the connecting rod big ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to aid cooling.

Digital Fuel Injection (KP)
• 38mm Keihin throttle bodies feature dual throttle valves(KP) for optimum performance and rideability. The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, are controlled by the ECU so that the DFI® system has more precise throttle response, similar to a constant-velocity carburetor.
• Precise fuel injection plus exhaust catalyzer significantly reduce emissions.
• Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy.

6-Speed Transmission
• Cassette-style transmission puts the transmission shafts and shift drum into a compact layout.
• Positive Neutral Finder, a Kawasaki exclusive user-friendly feature.

• Rubber front engine mounts help reduce vibration for rider comfort.
• Double-pipe perimeter-frame(KP) is simple and unique and contributes to light handling character. A backbone-style rear subframe keeps the seat narrow for an easy reach to the ground while allowing a thick cushion for comfort.
• Strong rear sub-frame accommodates optional accessory top case for increased touring capacity.
• Double-pipe swingarm matches the frame design and contributes to light, easy handling. Gull-wing shape on the right side allows clearance for the aggressive muffler design.

Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
• Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) helps assist braking under certain conditions and features a compact Bosch control unit to save space and weight.
• Nissin brake calipers convey a sporty image and contain front and rear brake specific pads; the front providing strong initial bite and the rear offering optimum control and high overall brake force.
• Large rear petal brake disc helps handle heavier loads when accessories are added.
• Front brake calipers have large 27mm pistons for excellent brake feel.
• Petal design offers improved cooling and warp resistance.

Showa Front Fork
• Derived from high-spec forks on Kawasaki Ninja® sportbikes, the Showa fork separates damping and spring functions into each fork leg. Rebound damping adjustability is in the right fork leg and spring preload in the left leg.

Single-shock Rear Suspension
• The rear shock has a remote hydraulic preload adjuster that allows the rider to conveniently change preload, without tools, for various load conditions.
• Aluminum gull-wing swingarm and offset, laydown single rear shock complement the frame design to create an integrated line flowing from the steering head to the rear hub.
• The footpegs are positioned for a relaxed riding position without compromising sport potential. The footpeg mounting plates are rubber mounted to help isolate the rider from vibration resin heel guards help prevent paint wear from the rider’s boots.
• Rubber-mounted handlebars help reduce vibration reaching the rider.
• Passenger grips provide a stylish handhold and accommodate the KQR (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Saddlebags.





2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9199 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $10299 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing in AU



4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled, 4 valves per cylinder parallel twin



Bore x Stroke

83.0 x 60.0mm

Compression Ratio


Maximum Torque

47.0 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm

Fuel System

DFI® with 38mm Keihin throttle bodies (2)


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

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tire

160/60 ZR17

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

37.2 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** (+ Saddlebags, Handguards, & Hardware approx. 20 lb.)

Fuel Capacity

5.5 gal


55.7 in

Color Choices

Metallic Moondust Gray/Metallic Flat Spark Black


24 Month Limited Warranty

Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)

12, 24, 36 or 48 months






2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details


Type4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Bore and stroke83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio10.8:1
Valve systemDOHC, 8 valves
Fuel systemDigital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
LubricationForced lubrication (semi-dry sump)


Front: typeDual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Front: calipersDual 2-piston calipers
Rear: typeSingle 250 mm petal disc
Rear: calipersSingle-piston caliper


Overall length2,165 mm
Overall width840 mm
Overall height1,400 mm / 1,450 mm (High Position)
Wheelbase1,415 mm (55.7 in.)
Ground clearance170 mm
Seat height840 mm
Curb mass**216 kg
Fuel capacity21 litres


Transmission6-speed, with positive neutral finder
Final driveChain
Primary reduction ratio2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratio: 1st2.438 (39/16)
Gear ratio: 2nd1.714 (36/21)
Gear ratio: 3rd1.333 (32/24)
Gear ratio: 4th1.111 (30/27)
Gear ratio: 5th0.966 (28/29)
Gear ratio: 6th0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio3.067 (46/15)
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual


TypeDiamond, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front150 mm (5.9 in.)
Tire: front120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear145 mm (5.7 in.)
Tire: rear160/60-ZR17MC (69W)
Caster (rake)25°
Trail108 mm (4.3 in.)
Steering angle (left/right)35° / 35°


Maximum Power51 kW {69 PS} @ 8,500 rpm
Maximum Torque64 N·m {6.5 kgƒ·m} @ 7,000 rpm


Suspension, front41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload
Suspension, rearOffset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability


Warranty24 months warranty



* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The amount indicated as “Your price” may include an optional instant Mega Cash credit that is deducted from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price before taxes. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.




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