Standard Features


Built with All Your Adventures in Mind

Q: What is an excellent bike for commuting on the superslab, weekend jaunts over canyon roads or just overall riding fun? A: The Kawasaki Versys®. Introduced to acclaim from both the motorcycling press and the public a few years ago, the Versys was named "Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcyclist magazine and placed on numerous top 10 lists in enthusiast publications. This solidly built multi-purpose tool will have you searching for more reasons to ride and more roads to explore.

The Versys' powerband will quickly silence the skeptics who think that a 649 cc parallel-twin engine can't pump out this much power. Aggressive styling complements the Versys' dynamic flexibility and strength, and an adjustable windscreen accommodates a variety of riders. To add to rider comfort while in the saddle, rubber bushings on the rear engine mounts and hollow rubber inserts atop the footpegs help to isolate the rider's feet from engine vibration, resulting in a smoother, more relaxed ride.


Model Year
Starting at MSRP


83.7 in.
52.4 in.
33.1 in.
Curb: 454.2 lbs.
55.7 in.
Seat Height
33.3 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, parallel twin
649 cc
Bore x Stroke
83 x 60 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Digital fuel injection with (2) 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Fuel Tank Capacity
5 gal.
TCBI with electronic advance


Final Drive
O-ring chain


Front: (2) 300 mm petal discs with 2-piston calipers
Rear: (1) 220 mm petal disc with 1-piston caliper
Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 160/60-17


Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Front: 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload; 5.9 in. travel
Rear: 1 offset laydown shock with 13-position adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload; 5.7 in. travel
4.3 in.


Metallic Spark Black, Two-tone Pearl Solar Yellow / Ebony

Standard Features

Key Features
 Comfortable, versatile motorcycle fits into a variety of riding conditions, from commuting to backroads  
 649 cc parallel twin with digital fuel injection (DFI®) provides smooth, responsive power  
 Long-travel fork delivers excellent performance over a wide range of situations  
 Adjustable single-shock rear suspension offers progressive damping as suspension load increases  
 3-way adjustable windscreen allows customizable wind protection  
 Aluminum swingarm and 17 in. cast aluminum wheels reduce unsprung weight for better ride quality  
 Under-engine exhaust promotes better weight centralization  
 Aggressive styling gives the Versys a distinctive look  
649 cc, DOHC, Parallel Twin-cylinder Engine
 The most compact engine in its category helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle  
 Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout keeps it short front to back  
 A semi-dry sump oil system reduces overall engine height  
 The narrow, chrome composite-plated aluminum cylinders help reduce engine width  
 Tuned to deliver smooth, responsive power in the low to mid-rpm range for exceptional roll-on response – ideal for negotiating city traffic, tight backroads and anything in between  
 A 180-degree crankshaft and a balancer shaft produce a remarkably smooth engine  
 Oil jets on the connecting rod ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to aid cooling  
 An under-engine muffler with 3-way catalyzer aids mass centralization for light handling and great looks  
 Engine temperatures stay consistent for long engine life and sustained power in tough conditions  
 Closer engine tolerances mean more horsepower  
 Coolant routed through the engine cases reduces the number of external hoses  
Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)
 A pair of 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies with ECU-controlled sub-throttle valves mean optimum performance and rideability  
 Sub-throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, give the Versys precise throttle response and great feel as well  
 An automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy, even on cold days  
 Precise fuel injection provides great fuel mileage, and the 3-way catalyzer significantly reduces emissions  
Digital Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) System
 Microprocessor-controlled timing never requires adjustment and is ultra-responsive to the engine’s needs  
 Powerful, spark plug-mounted “stick” ignition coils are compact, light and reliable  
6-speed Transmission
 Versys’ racing-style cassette transmission uses a compact layout that’s easily removable as a single unit from the engine cases for much easier gearbox maintenance  
High-tensile Steel Trellis Frame
 The Versys’ exotic-looking trellis frame is small, light and narrow at the knees and pegs for excellent comfort and control  
 3D computer analysis in the design process achieved optimum stiffness balance for superior ride and handling  
Single Shock Rear Suspension
 A distinctive aluminum gull-wing swingarm controlled by a lay-down single shock complements the distinctive frame design, with an integrated line flowing from steering head to rear hub  
 The short, compact frame and engine design allow the swingarm to be longer, which improves overall handling  
 The 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 firmer near the end of the stroke for a more planted feel  
Long-travel Fork
 A 41 mm long-travel inverted fork combines the best of dual-sport and sportbike-type suspensions, to deliver excellent performance over a wide range of conditions  
 Tapered, relatively short outer tubes help provide the ideal stiffness balance to complement frame stiffness and chassis settings  
 Fork height, spring preload and rebound damping can be adjusted to fine-tune the suspension to specific conditions, riding styles and loads  
Petal-style Brake Discs
 Dual 300 mm petal-style discs with two-piston calipers in front and a single 220 mm petal disc with a single-piston caliper in back provide plenty of stopping power  
 Same rotor design as found on the Ninja® supersport machines; petal design rotors offer improved cooling and warp resistance  
6-spoke Wheels
 Like the ones you’ll find on the Ninja ZX™-6R and ZX-10R, these six-spoke wheels use less material between spokes so rim thickness is reduced along with overall wheel weight  
 Lighter wheels increase overall performance – suspension, handling, acceleration / deceleration and initial turn-in  
Comfortable Ergonomics
 Each section of the two-piece seat was designed with a different thickness and firmness of foam to optimize comfort for both rider and passenger  
 The passenger seat and grab bars were designed to provide a natural seating position for added comfort  
 An 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.  
 Passenger grab rails, seat cover material, and a comfortable seating position make the Versys fun for passengers  
 Rubber bushings at the rear engine mounts and hollow rubber-covered footpegs result in reduced engine vibration and a more comfortable ride  
 The fairing, stacked dual headlight, front fender and mirrors, and a Z1000-style LED tail light give the Versys a bold high-tech look  
 The windscreen provides a large still-air pocket for comfort; three-position adjustability makes it adaptable to fit a variety of riders and climates  


Metallic Spark Black

Two-tone Pearl Solar Yellow / Ebony
*Price, if shown, is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and does not include government fees, taxes, dealer freight/preparation, dealer document preparation charges or any finance charges (if applicable). MSRP and/or final actual sales price will vary depending on options or accessories selected.
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