2016 Versys 650L ABS

All Roads - One Bike

The Learner Approved Versys 650L ABS refuses to be restricted to any one classification. Difficult to explain and impossible to categorise, the Versys 650L is one of those machines that exceeds the sum of its parts. Its combination of long-travel suspension & sporty 17” wheels, a slim, upright riding position and a low-mid range focused Parallel-Twin engine results in a highly versatile package able to offer riders maximum riding excitement in a wide variety of street-riding situations, especially on twisty mountain roads. The 2016 Versys styling package better reflects this fun, sporty nature, while the refined chassis package and a host of accessory items make it easier for Versys owners to ride longer and farther.

The ideal motorcycle for commuting around town through the week and covering large distances on the weekend, the Versys 650L ABS is a highly talented performer indeed.  The Versys range of motorcycles is all about going where you want, when you want.

*Images are of the Non Learner Approved Versys ABS

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Electronic Fuel Injection

Fuel injection settings for the Versys were selected primarily to deliver a strong powerful feeling when the throttle is opened. ECU settings match changes to the engine and contribute to improved fuel efficiency. (*Actual mileage varies depending on riding style, riding conditions and vehicle maintenance.)

Sports-like Handling

Thanks to 17inch sports bike inspired wheels and rubber, the Versys delivers highly responsive handling with outstanding road holding and stability.

 The Versys range is all about escape and versatitlity. Sharp handling, ABS brakes as standard, excellent road holding and smooth power makes the Versys range ideal for commuting around town and the large capacity fuel tank, adjustable wind screen and relaxed riding position make covering long distances a breeze.  The Versys models feature long travel suspension to soak up the bumps and smooth out your day.

A large range of genuine accessories are available to ensure your Versys is perfectly customised to your needs.

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Compact Parallel-Twin Engine Tuned for Low-Mid Range Torque

Tuning of the 649 cm³ Parallel Twin engine focused on achieving a throttle response that balanced a powerful feeling and a quick-revving character. 

To optimise performance for everyday riding, care was taken to maximise low-mid range torque. When opening the throttle, riders will notice an extremely smooth and powerful engine character that offers both a high level of control when making minute throttle adjustments and a gratifying rush of acceleration in the lower rpm ranges.

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ABS Comes Standard

Dual ø300 mm petal discs are gripped by new twin-piston calipers. The design of the new calipers contributes to the bike’s sportier image, while new brake pad material offers a stronger initial bite when the brakes are first applied.

The front brake master cylinder features a lever ratio that contributes to both increased controllability and increased overall brake force. Large rear disc measures ø250 mm. The increased controllability and brake force are reassuring when touring or when riding with a heavy load.

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Wind Protection & Airflow Management

A large adjustable windscreen helps reduce wind noise and helmet buffeting, creating a serene space behind which to enjoy high-speed riding.

The cowling design helps direct airflow away and around the rider. Range of adjustability is 60 mm, accommodating a large variety of rider sizes. Conveniently, the screen height can be adjusted without tools (by simply loosening two knobs at the front of the screen).

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Exhaust System

Sportier muffler end cap contributes to the sharper image. The under-engine exhaust muffler aids mass centralisation and the styled muffler end cap gives a much sharper image.

The under-engine design of the muffler allows for a slimmer pillion seating position and also keeps heat away.

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Natural Riding Position

The slim design makes it easier for riders to reach the ground with their feet. A short-style tank positions the rider closer to the front. The seat’s slim design and the knee grip characteristics of the tank afford good freedom of movement. Thick urethane increases and the stepped shape of the two-piece seat provides support for the rider when accelerating.

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Long Travel Suspension

Remote rear preload adjuster makes it easy for riders to adjust their suspension setup to suit riding with a passenger and/or with luggage.

The adjuster is conveniently positioned between the seat and rear shock for easy access.

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Rider & Passenger Comfort

The comfortable seat and relaxed position enables long hours in the saddle. Each part of the two-piece seat was designed with different thickness and firmness of urethane.

Pillion position was also designed to offer a natural seating position with room for rider movement.

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Pannier Grab Handles

Larger grab handle provide a secure position for the pillion and double-up as the attachement point for the easy mount pannier system.

The 2016 Versys 650L has secure room for a pillion, panniers and top box all at the same time. The passenger seat/pegs/grab bar relationship was carefully designed to ensure excellent passenger comfort.

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21L Tank

The large volume 21 litre fuel tank coupled with excellent fuel economy translates to an increased cruising range.

The new tank design expands into the side cowls to keep the knee grip slim and to keep the tank height from getting too tall.

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Reduced Vibration

Changing the front engine mounts to rubber mounts instead of rigid mounts (complementing the rubber mounts used for the upper-rear engine mounts) reduces vibration at the handlebar, seat and fuel tank, significantly increasing comfort.

Handlebar is rubber mounted.  The reduced vibration contributes to increased comfort and increased mirror visibility. Footpeg mounting plate also uses rubber mounts, reducing vibration.

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Heat Management

Innovative Kawasaki technology, like the radiator fan cover (patent pending), located behind the radiator directs hot air down and away from the rider, significantly increasing comfort when stuck in heavy traffic.

Redirecting the air also helps keep the tank, frame and other parts that contact the rider cooler, further increasing rider comfort.

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Sharp, Sporty Styling

Upper cowl features a horizontally split design that reinforces the compact and sporty image of the Versys 650. The aggressive new design contributes to a strong Kawasaki identity.

The new layout contributes to a more aggressive, sporty Kawasaki design. While its primary purpose is functional, the chin spoiler below the headlamps adds to the aggressive, sporty looks.

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Sport Instrumentation

Stacked instrument cluster features an easy-to-read layout.  Analogue-style tachometer uses white LED backlights for excellent visibility at night. The multi-function LCD screen has amber backlighting.

In addition to the fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer and dual trip meters, new features include: remaining range, average/instant fuel consumption and the Economical Riding Indicator.

Raised tick marks on the tachometer dial face, a bubble lens and elevated instrument frame construction contribute to the instrumentation’s greater legibility as well as a high-quality image.

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Long-travel Suspension & Sporty 17” Wheels 

Not all streets in the real world are made of circuit-smooth pavement.  Road imperfections (bumps, potholes) are far from rare, and some streets are not even paved (such as cobblestone, etc). 

While the Versys 650 is not designed for off-road use, the long-travel front fork and rear shock were specially selected to cope with any street conditions it may come across, and, along with its 17” wheels, enable aggressive sport riding. 

Further, the long-travel suspension provides an added dimension of controllability: the ability to consciously control the bike’s front-rear weight transfer gives riders an additional riding element to explore.

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Overseas model with optional Accessories

Genuine Accessories for Comfortable Touring

  • Easy Mount Panniers - mount to the exisitng grab rails
  • Top Box - both can be use together
  • LED fog lamps
  • Gear Position Indicator
  • Resin frame sliders
  • Hand guards
  • Grip warmers
  • 12 V DC socket
  • Tank pad and knee pads

Please talk with your local Kawasaki Dealership to find the accessories to suit Your Versys...Your Riding.



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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement 649 cm³
Bore and Stroke 83 x 60 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 38 mm x 2 (Keihin)
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump


Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.438 (39/16)
  2nd 1.714 (36/21)
  3rd 1.333 (32/24)
  4th 1.111 (30/27)
  5th 0.966 (28/29)
  6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Diamond, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 150 mm
  rear 145 mm
Tyre: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
  rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (rake) 25°
Trail 108 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35° / 35°


Front: Type 41 mm inverted telescopic fork with stepless (right-side) adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload (left-side)
Rear: Type Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability


Front: Type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
  Caliper Dual 2-piston with ABS
Rear: Type Single 250 mm petal disc
  Caliper Single-piston with ABS


Overall length 2,165 mm
Overall width 840 mm
Overall height 1,400 mm / 1,450 mm
Wheelbase 1,415 mm
Ground clearance 170 mm
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass 216 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 21 litres


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The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.


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Accessories for KLE650FGFW 2016 VERSYS 650L (LAMS) ABS


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* Quickly and easily removes filter oil, dirt and other contaminants * Advanced formula removes super tacky air filter oils by breaking down and solubilising the oil * Easily washes out with water * Works with both foam and fabric air filter elements * Will not degrade foam, paper or glued air filter seams * For best results use with Kawasaki Performance Air Filter Oil * 64 US FLOZ (1892mL)


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* Race proven formula allows for increased air flow while providing ultimate protection from harmful airborne contaminants reaching critical engine components * Super "tacky" * Resists wash out from water and fogging * Will not degrade foam cells or filter seams * FACTORY GREEN COLOUR * 32 US FLOz (946ml)

Aluminium Cover (Black)

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Aluminium plate - Black Anodized.

Aluminium cover (silver)

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Aluminium plate for KLZ1000 - Silver Anadized


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For optimal riding comfort for the pillion passenger. Features a faux leather stitched cover with a qualilty feel.


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Baseplate for 47L topcase.


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Unpainted stainless steel bobbin with additional ring to protect the rear swingarm from scratches.


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* Advanced race proven formula designed for both on and off-road applications * Ultimate protection for your drive system from rust, corrosion, and premature wear * Super tacky formula resists "fling off" * Safe for O-ring and non O-ring chain types * 14 OZ (395g)


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* High gloss formula specifically developed for the Powersports industry * Wipe down cleaner coats plastic, fiberglass and painted surfaces * Restores showroom shine in a few quick wipes * Makes cleaning process fast, simple and effortless * Leaves a clear coat film for extended protection against the elements * 12 US FLOZ (355mL)


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* Full strength engine coolant (not pre-diluted) * T-Triazole for maximum corrosion protection in aluminium cooling systems * Contains foam and rust inhibitors


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Cover set 999940422660 (Metallic Spark Black) for pannier set.


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Metallic Spark Black cover for the 47L Topcase.


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High capacity generator develops enough electricity to power a 40w accessory DC socket. The DC socket can be used to power small electronic devices.

Deco Stripe Kit Matte Candy Orange

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Deco Stripe Kit (53P Matte Candy Orange) Versys 650 2016


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DECO STRIPE KIT 660 Metallic Spark Black for pannier cases 99994-0536.


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* The All-In-One Detailer that cleanes shines and protects all painted surfaces, chrome parts, windshields and plastics * Carnauba wax formulation provides a deep show-like shine making your vehicles painted surfaces come to life * Easy spray applicator * 12 US FLOZ (355mL)


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* Performs consistently over a broad range of temperatures * Meets all DOT 3/4 specs for universal application


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Bright LED Foglamps. This kit does not operate without the relay kit 999940556 which is sold separately.


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Convenient, round gear position indicator can be mounted without having to modify the cockpit's inner cover. Its seamlessly integrated appearance adds to the high-quality looks of the cockpit area. ONLY THE VERSYS 650 Requires specific re-lay for the indicator to operate.


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Solid, easy to install bracket for your navigation system. Fits all common current navigation systems.


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* Multi-purpose extreme pressure, lithium complex grease which imparts superior high and low temperature characteristics and chemical stability * High tensile strength provides durability under heavy loads, resists mechanical breakdown and water "wash-out" * Offers excellent rust & oxidation protection and is highly compatible with seals * 16 OZ (454g)


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Kawasaki handguards are equipped with an aluminum bar for the strongest protection available. (Requires plastic shells to be purchased separately).


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Shell set Black (Bracket sold separately).


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This nylon interior bag set (2 bags) keeps everything in place. They make it easy to carry luggage from the pannier cases. Comes with a mesh separator, handles and a carrying strap.


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Topcase bracket for 47L case.

Lock set for Panniers (2 LOCKS)

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Allows for pannier locks to be programmed to the Bikes ignition key.


999940528 More info Find a Dealer

One-key lock system for the topcase allows you to use the ignition key to conveniently unlocked and removed the topcase.


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Fitting kit for panniers.


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Quick release 56 litre pannier system that will hold most full-face helmets. Panniers attach to the factory handgrips and give a clean look when removed. Features our One-Key System: the bike ignition key also fits the pannier locks. For the system to work you need to order the following 5 parts: 1- Pannier Cases 2- Pannier Fitting Kit 3- Lock Set 4- Cover Set (Color) 5- Deco Stripe Kit (Color)

Pannier Covers Matte Candy Orange

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Pannier Covers (53P Matte Candy Orange)


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* Unique formula breaksdown dirt, grime and oils while gently protecting paint and other delicate finishes * Safe on plastics, carbon fiber, paint, anodizing, aluminum, titanium, rubber * Biodegradable cleaning formula * Contains no harmful acids, CFC's or solvents * Will not harm seals or brake pads * Spray on, wash off, go ride * 32 US FLOZ (946mL)


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Compact tail bag with side pockets. It has a back pack function, bungee net and handle. Reflective piping for night visibility. Waterproof zipper seams. Including waterprooof inner bag, 4 elastic straps, 4 adjustable straps and 2 backpack straps. (Non Kawasaki branded product, produced and developed by SW-Motech). Colume:13L Dimensions: 36x33x22cm.


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This relay is required when installing any electrical accessory to the 2015 Versys 650 (KLE650E/F) (e.g. 12V Socket, Gear Position Indecator, Foglamp Set, Heated Grips).Only 1 relay is required when installing multiple electrical accessories.


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Strong nylon tank bag with side pockets and transparent top cover. Expandable from 13 to 22 litre. Tank base is fixed tith straps. Bag has zipper connection to tank base. Waterproof zipper seams and reflective popiing for better visibility. Including waterproof inner bag and carrying strap. (Non Kawasaki branded product, produced and developed by SW-Motech) Volume: 13-22L. Dimensions: 36x33x23cm.


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Top quality gel-resin self-adhesive tank protector, featuring the bike logo. Graphic is semi-transparent, allowing the original tank colour to show through.


999940481 More info Find a Dealer

Top case providing a spacious 47 litres of storage space. Will fit two of most full face helmets. Matching cover in bike color to be ordered separately, as well as the anodized aluminium deco plate. This system features the One-Key System, so you can conveniently open the topcase using your ignition key. Requires 6 parts for Versys650: 1- Topcase 47L 2- Topcase Bracket 3- Baseplate 4- Topcase Cover (in bike color) 5- Aluminium Deco Plate (Silver or Black anodized) 6- Lock Cylinder


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Scratch-resistant windscreen, designed to provide additional rider comfort, in smoke color. This screen is approximately 45mm higher and 60mm wider than standard.

Windshield (smoke)

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Smoke windshield in approximately the same shape and size as the standard windshield.