Mar 19, 2018

Video Review: Kawasaki Versys 650L

David Cooke from the National Motorcycle Alliance road tests the 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650L.

A 650cc learner approved, comfortable and go anywhere motorcycle that is just as happy commuting around town through the week or covering large distances on the weekend.

Key technical specs

  • Engine: 649 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke parallel twin
  • Transmission: 6-speed, sealed chain final drive
  • Frame: Diamond, high-tensile steel
  • Tyres (front / rear): 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) / 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
  • Suspension (front): 41 mm inverted telescopic fork with stepless (right-side) adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload (left-side)
  • Suspension (rear): Offset single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability
  • Brakes (front): Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs, dual 2-piston caliper with ABS
  • Brakes (rear): Single 250 mm petal disc, single-piston caliper 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
  • Weight: 216 kg (includes full fuel tank)
  • Fuel capacity: 21 litres
  • Learner approved: Yes