Kawasaki Versys 650 Los Gigantes – Overall Rating – As the marketing driven name suggests the Kawasaki Versys is incredibly versatile, the jack of all trades. The Kawasaki Versys does everything well. That said, the Kawasaki Versys is incredibly easy to ride, fun at low speeds and in some ways looks funky for 2007.
Ride Quality & Brakes
Low speed handling is excellent making the new Kawasaki Versys ideally suited for town and city riding. Turns easily, very tight turning circle, you can just jump on the Kawasaki Versys and have fun, making the Kawasaki Versys ideal for new riders. However, when you up the pace well above the national speed limit the soft suspension starts to complain. Brakes are excellent if you can stop the front from burying itself into the road.
The Kawasaki Versys’ parallel twin is stolen from Kawasaki’s popular ER-6. But Kawasaki has tweaked the motor, it has more torque but less top end power. Still expect top speed around the 125mph mark and there’s more then enough low down on the Kawasaki Versys to have fun with.
Build Quality & Reliability
The ER6 has proven reliable so there is no reason to suggest the de-tuned motor in the Kawasaki Versys shouldn’t be the same. Keep on top of the cleaning through winter and your Kawasaki Versys should look as good as it did when you first wheeled it out of the showroom.
Insurance, running costs & value
How much for an incredibly versatile bike? The Kawasaki Versys sounds like a bargain and it is. The Kawasaki Versys is ideal for someone new to motorcycles or getting back into biking. Insurance costs should be low on the Kawasaki Versys and it shouldn’t be too heavy on tyres. Expect around 50mpg and possibly more if you’re gentle with the throttle. Find a Kawasaki Versys for sale.
Some parts of the Kawasaki Versys look far more expensive than the price tag suggests. The Kawasaki Versys has side-mounted adjustable shock, Buell style underslung exhaust, both stolen from the ER-6, and now fashionable wavy discs. But the clocks are basic and other parts of the bike feel cheap by comparison. The Kawasaki Versys’ fairing is OK up to 80mph but expect some wind buffeting and pressure passed 90mph.
Facts & Figures
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2009
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 43 ft-lb
Top speed 128 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.6 secs
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 152 miles
Engine size 649cc
Engine type Parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular Steel
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 181kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17 in
History & Versions
2006: Kawasaki Versys launched.
2009: Kawasaki Versys GT launched.
2009 – Kawasaki Versys GT. Comes with colour-matched panniers, purpose-built pannier rack and an adjustable flip-up screen. ABS or non-ABS versions available. Kawasaki Versys 650
Incredibly easy to ride, fun at low speeds and in some ways looks funky
At a glance
649cc – 60 bhp
48 mpg – 152 miles range
Medium seat height (840mm)