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Kawasaki Versys Specifications & Features 

( From the Kawasaki Media website )



Engine: Four-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, parallel twin

Displacement: 649cc

Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm

Compression ratio: 10.6:1

Maximum torque: 44.9 lb/ft @6,800 rpm

Cooling: Liquid

Fuel injection: Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies

Ignition: Digital CDI

Transmission: Six-speed

Final drive: O-Ring chain

Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel

Rake / trail: 25 degrees / 4.3 in.

Wheelbase: 55.7 in.

Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with adjustable rebound and preload / 5.9 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel: Single offset laydown shock with adjustable rebound and spring preload / 5.7 in.

Front tire: 120/70x17

Rear tire: 160/60x17

Front brake: Dual 300mm petal discs with two-piston caliper

Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with single-piston caliper

Overall length: 83.7 in.

Overall width: 33.1 in.

Overall height: 51.8 in.

Seat height: 33.1 in.

Dry weight: 399 lbs.

Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal.

Color: Passion Red

MSRP: $6,899

Warranty: 12 months







649cc parallel twin-cylinder, DOHC engine is the most compact in its category.

The engine is considerably smaller than that of the Ninja 500 and helps reduce the dimension of the entire motorcycle 

Tuned to deliver smooth, responsive power in the low-to mid-rpm range with exceptional roll-on response –ideal for negotiating city traffic

Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes it short front to back, a semi-dry sump oil system reduces overall engine height, and the narrow pitch of the chrome composite plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine width

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 on the connecting rod big ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to aid cooling

Liquid Cooling

Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use 

Allows closer engine tolerances for more horsepower 

Fewer external hoses because the coolant is routed through the engine cases

Digital Fuel Injection (DFI)

Utilizes 38mm Keihin throttle bodies with ECU controlled sub throttle valves for optimum performance and rideability

The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, permit the DFI system a more precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburetor

Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy

Precise fuel injection plus exhaust catalyzer significantly reduce emissions

Digital Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) System

Microprocessor controlled timing never requires adjustment and is ultra responsive to engine needs

Spark plug mounted “stick” ignition coils are compact and help reduce weight

Six-Speed Transmission

Cassette style transmission means the shafts and shift drum are in a compact layout that is easily removed as a single unit from the case for easier maintenance

Trellis Frame

High tensile steel trellis frame is small and light

Designed using 3-dimensional computer analysis to achieve the optimum stiffness balance for better handling

Narrow at the knees and feet for increased rider comfort and control 

Single shock Rear Suspension

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 

Short, compact frame and engine design allows the swingarm to be longer, which helps improve overall handling

Showa shock has adjustable preload and rebound damping and uses a free piston and two-stage damping valves for smooth action during initial compression that becomes much firmer near the end of the stroke for a more planted feel

Long-Travel Fork

41mm Inverted fork with stiff springs combines the best of off-road and sportbike-type suspension for excellent performance over a wide range of conditions

Tapered, relatively short outer tubes help provide the ideal stiffness balance to compliment chassis settings

Fork height, preload and rebound damping can all be adjusted to fine-tune the suspension to specific conditions or riding style

Triple Petal Design Brake Discs

Petal design rotors offer improved cooling and warp resistance

Same rotor design as found on the Ninja ZX™-6R and ZX™-10R supersport machines

Six-spoke wheels

Also found on the Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R; the six-spoke design requires much less material between spokes so that the rim thickness is thinner and overall wheel weight is reduced

Comfortable Cockpit

Each part of the two-piece seat was designed with a different thickness and firmness of foam to optimize comfort for both rider and passenger

Passenger seat and grab bars were designed to provide a natural seating position for added comfort

Easy-to-read instrument panel has a large analog tachometer and digital readout for the speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters and clock. White LED backlighting provides increased visibility at night

Adjustable Windscreen

Three different settings, each 20mm apart, allows riders to adjust windscreen height to suit their preferences

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