Kawasaki India's intention to launch Versys 650 in the Indian market received positive response from the biking fraternity when the news broke out in early November. However, there was no clarity on whether the India-specific model will get Anti-Lock Brake System(ABS) as standard or not.
A report in Zigwheels confirms the company will soon launch the Versys 650 with ABS in India. The Japanese company received criticism over absence of ABS in the Ninja 650 and the 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 Versys 650 will come with dual headlights, 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 Versys 650 will be just the beginning of Kawasaki's product onslaught streamlined till 2018. According to the reports, the motorcycle maker will launch 12 new models in the span of two years. The models will include updates to the current vehicles as well as fresh motorcycles.