Kawasaki Versys 650 SE

It’s difficult to put the Versys 650 to a certain category. Because this bike is not only sporty, it’s also suitable for City-trips, or you can go for a ride in the Alps if you want to.

Driving around, my thoughts…

First, Portugal is an amazing place to get lost, there are so many beautiful roads. So no need to mention that I liked driving the bike there, enough with the small talk, back to the bike. I am pretty sure that most people will agree with me if I tell them that the 649cc engine is far from being the best companion for an adventure. The average “Tourer” person relies on big engine and logically a lot of torque. You will not find that in the Versys 650 but you will find the pleasure to ride a bike, that is light, easy to handle, agile and green #kawasakigreen . So for all the people out there that need a bike for the city and want to go for a ride in the Alps on a weekend, well the Kawasaki Versys 650 is definitely a possible choice for you. What I need to say, is that the bike needs a little more “twist of the wrist” in order to keep up with the “big” bikes, no it doesn’t suck, it’s awesome! As our fans know, we like everything that has to be ridden sportily, so this makes the Versys 650 quite fun, it literally asks for the twist in the throttle. The engine is takes the high rev’s very well but on the other side you can drive it also very relaxed. There is nearly no buzz in the footpegs or the handlebar on low rpm’s, which is enjoyable if you take the bike for a long ride!

The suspension gives you a good feedback, the sometimes bumpy roads were very well absorbed even on the faster sections were nicely handled. The fork and the suspension can be adjusted.

If we take a look at the brakes, the Versys 650 is equipped with 300mm brake discs and dual-piston calipers. The brake actually is very progressive and a quite mordant. And again you find the sporty and comfortable characteristics of the bike put together nicely. A very versatile motorcycle.


It definitely looks like her older companion, the Versys 1000, not only due to the aggressive front lights. The sportivness is further underlined by Kawasaki’s Candy Limegreen with a bit of metallic black. Other colors like Metallic raw titanium candy or Metallic flat spark black/carbon grey are available.

The improved windshield is adjustable in a 60 mm range for best protection against wind and weather. Other than the Versys 1000, the exhaust of the 650-version is an under-engine exhaust, which contributes to mass centralisation.

For all the adventure riders, there will be tourer-accessories, like side cases, LED fog lights like on the 1000cc Versys or Handguards. These will be available on the Tourer Kit, the Tourer + Kit and the Grand tourer Kit, which also includes a top case and a 12V socket and a GPS bracket.


The engine is a 649 cm3 parallel twin with 69 hp at 8500 rpm and a maximum torque of 64 Nm. For all the A2-license riders, there will be a possibility to get a performance reduction on 50 hp.

Suspension and brakes

A 41mm upside down fork is fitted up front  with stepless adjustable rebound damping on the right side and an adjustable preload on the left side of the fork. In the rear you will find a single shock with remote spring preload adjustability.

Braking power is ensured by 300 mm petal discs in the front and a single 250 mm disc in the rear.

The price of the Kawasaki Versys 650 will be 7.459€ for Belgium and Luxembourg and 8.499€ for the Netherlands.

Now take a ride with me on the new Versys 650.


Engine and transmission


649 ccm

Engine type:

Parallel Twin, four-stroke


69.00 hp at 8500 RPM


64.00 Nm at 7000 RPM



Bore x stroke:

83.0 x 60.0 mm

Cooling system:




Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels

Frame type:

Tubular diamond, high-tensile steel


108 mm

Front suspension:

41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload

Front wheel travel:

150 mm

Rear suspension:

Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability

Rear wheel travel:

145 mm

Front tyre:


Rear tyre:


Front brakes:

Double disc. Two-piston calipers.

Front brakes diameter:

300 mm

Rear brakes:

Single disc. Single-piston caliper.

Rear brakes diameter:

250 mm

Physical measures and capacities

Curb weight:

217 kg

Seat height:

840 mm

Overall height:

1,400 mm

Overall length:

2,165 mm

Overall width:

841 mm

Ground clearance:

170 mm


1,415 mm

Fuel capacity:

21 litres

Other specifications

Color options:

Metallic Flat Raw Titanium, Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Carbon Grey