2021 Versys 650L


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All Roads - One Bike

The 2021 Versys 650L 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 Versys 650L reflects this fun, sporty nature, while a number of updates to the chassis and a host of new accessory items make it easier for Versys owners to ride longer and further.

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

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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 fuel economy 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 versatility. 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.

Green wheel stripes, black rear shock spring and other green highlights provide the appearance on the of an SE model.

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

Compact Parallel-Twin Engine

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.

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.

Wind Protection & Airflow

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).

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.

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.

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.

Rider and 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.

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

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.

Low 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.

Heat Management

Innovative Kawasaki technology, like the radiator fan cover (patented), 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.

Sharp Sporty Styling

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

While its primary purpose is functional, the chin spoiler below the headlamps adds to the aggressive, sporty looks.

Sport Instrumentation

An updated stacked instrument system features an easy-to-read layout.  Analogue-style tachometer uses white LED back lights for excellent visibility at night. The multi-function LCD screen has amber back lighting.

Standard features include: Gear position indicator, fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer,dual trip meters, 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.

Sporty Suspension & 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 650L 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 control: the ability to consciously control the bike’s front-rear weight transfer gives riders an additional riding element to explore.

Genuine Accessories for Touring

  • Easy Mount Panniers - mount to the existing grab rails
  • Top Box - can be used with Panniers
  • LED fog lamps
  • Resin frame sliders
  • Hand guards
  • Grip warmers
  • 12 V DC socket
  • Tank pad and knee pads

Please talk with your local Kawasaki Dealership to discover the full range of accessories to suit Your Versys...Your Riding.

2021 Versys 650L

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Engine TypeParallel twin, liquid cooled
Displacement649 cm³
Bore x Stroke83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression Ratio10.8:1
Valve SystemDOHC 8 valve
Fuel SystemDFI 2 X 38 mm with sub throttles
IgnitionTCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission6-speed with Positive Neutral finder
Suspension - frontø41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping (right-side) and adjustable preload (left-side)
Suspension - rearOffset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability
Wheel travel - f/r150/145 mm
Ground Clearance170 mm
Brakes - frontDual 300 mm semi-floating petal discs with dual 2-piston callipers and ABS
Brakes - rear250mm Petal Disc with single piston calliper and ABS
Wheel Size Front Rear3.50-17.0 4.50-17.0
Tyre Size-front rear120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
L x W x H2,165 x 840 x 1,400 mm
Wheelbase1,415 mm
Seat height840 mm
Fuel capacity21.0 litres
Curb Mass216 kg
Max Power41.3 kW @ 8,000 rpm
Max Torque55.0 N.m @ 5,500 rpm
Colour/sCandy Lime Green with Metallic Spark Black
Warranty24 Months Unlimited Kilometres
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