Kawasaki India plans to end the year on a high note and is gearing up to launch Versys 650 on 24 December. Though there are no official statements on the price, the leaked information on the internet claim the motorcycle will be priced at Rs 6.75 lakh, ex-showroom.
The pricing makes it clear that Versys 650 is costlier compared to the 650cc sibling Ninja 650, which is priced at Rs 6.05 lakh. This is primarily due to the addition of the Anti-lock Braking System that will be standard, reports Zigwheels. The Japanese company has been criticised over absence of ABS in Ninja 650 and ER-6n when smaller capacity motorcycles such as Honda CBR250R and KTM RC390 is equipped with ABS.
The Versys 650 will use the same powertrain of the Ninja 650, which is powered by 649cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine that develops 68bhp of power at 8,500rpm and torque of 63.7Nm at 7,000rpm mated to six-speed transmission.
The Versys 650 takes its design from the bigger Versys 1000 motorcycle. The motorcycle comes with dual head lights, large capacity fuel tank and LED tail lights. Being a tourer motorcycle, the new motorcycle will be equipped with height-adjustable windshield and reach-adjustable handlebars. The ground clearance of 170mm comes handy for off-road rides. The Versys range is known for its touring virtues that also offers comfortable off-road ride.
The Kawasaki Versys 650 will be brought in via the CKD route to India and will be the fifth motorcycle to be locally assembled in India after the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Z250, Ninja 650 and the ER-6n.