After the Ninja 650 and the ER-6n, Kawasaki India launched its third 650cc model Versys 650, priced at Rs 6.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
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 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 64Nm at 7,000rpm mated to six-speed transmission.
The motorcycle comes with 1415mm wheelbase, 216kg of weight and 21-litres of fuel capacity. The Versys 650 measures 2,165mm in length, 840mm in width and 1,400mm in height. The motorcycle features 41 mm inverted telescopic fork at front and mono-shock suspension at rear. The braking is taken care of by 300mm dual-disc brakes at front and 250mm single disc at rear.
The pricing makes it clear that Versys 650 is costlier compared to the 650cc sibling Ninja 650, which is priced at Rs 5.37 lakh. This is primarily due to the addition of the Anti-lock Braking System, which is standard. 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.