Kawasaki has announced the launch of the new Versys 650 in India. Priced at INR 7.36 lakh (ex-showroom), the motorcycle gets updated styling with more features on offer.
What Are The Key Changes?
In terms of design, the motorcycle now looks much sharper. The use of the Versys 1000-inspired fairing and a new windshield also brings the bike in line with the latest Versys family styling. Other key upgrades include new LED headlights, a new four-way adjustable windscreen and new graphics. Customers can get the updated Versys 650 in two colours, Lime Green and Metallic Phantom Silver.
Riders will also appreciate the new TFT display, which now gets Bluetooth connectivity. The 2022 model also benefits from the Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) system with two modes. In the first mode, the intrusion level is more, whereas, in the second mode, the system will provide much less intrusion. Riders also have the option to shut off the system completely. Kawasaki has also included an accessory DC outlet, ideally positioned for charging accessories or personal items.
In this department, there’s no chance whatsoever. Hence, the Versys 650 uses the same engine and hardware as the outgoing model. Powertrain responsibility is taken care of by the 66hp, 61Nm, 649cc, parallel-twin engine. The suspension setup too is the same, adjustable Showa fork up front and a preload-adjustable Showa mono-shock at the rear. This adjustable Showa mono-shock set-up is the USP for Versys, as its rival offerings do not get this feature. Braking power comes from dual 300mm discs at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear.
Price, Rivals and More
Currently, the Versys 650 retails at an ex-showroom price of INR 7.15 lakh. But, with the updates and the latest model is now costlier by INR 21,000, thus retailing at an ex-showroom price of INR 7.36 lakh. Versys 650 will lock its horns against the other 650cc motorcycles in the country. This includes the likes of Triumph Tiger Sport 660 (from Rs 8.95 lakh) and Suzuki V-Strom 650XT (Rs 8.85 lakh).