2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Review and Specifications

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The original Kawasaki Versys 650 has always been seen as the most unappreciated bikes when it comes to looks and styling. It is even labeled as the worst designed motorcycles of all time by some. The times are about to change though. The Kawasaki has done a total reformation of their black sheep model and brought out a new beast with the same name and hints of the old lineage.

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After riding the 2015 model of Kawasaki Versys 650 we can definitely say that this bike has a future with the endless capabilities that is hidden under the engine and the new chassis. The design aspect of this version has been looked upon and you get a stylish handlebars and new raised windscreen along with the color matched saddle bags in LT models.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT review and specifications

Changes in the new model

Both the new models include a new sub frame that easily accommodates the saddlebags and an optional 47-liter top case both of them are originally along with the LT models but can be fitted on standard models as well.

  • The foot peg has been shifted a little to give the rider better comfort and easy gear shifts.

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  • A larger windscreen with tool-less adjusters and completely updated styling and details gives the bike a sporty look.

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  • The fully adjustable Showa SFF fork and KYB shock preload adjuster are another addition, along with the new braking system with Nissin calipers for front and rear300mm petal-style discs. The rear root is now a 2500 mm one.


    • The turbocharged 649cc parallel twin remains as it was in the earlier version. There are alterations to the exhaust and ECU and are now made out for a top-level performance. The engine and the handlebars are now supported by rubber pegs so as to remove cancel out any vibrations and are not at all felt by the rider.


Significant Features of KAWASAKI VERSYS 650 LT

The bike has been designed to challenge the congested city roads. The Versys 650 frame is really well built and you can easily maneuver it through the tight cuts and avoid the potholes easily. The chassis is the best improvement in new version of this bike. The suspension is far better than the previous model, with firm but a logical damping. Wind protection is excellent for the high speed riding. The airflow can be adjusted according to your riding needs with the two no-tool adjusters at the front.

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It is not only a great performer on the tight roads of the city but gives an even better performance on the open roads. You can easily throttle the bike to reach high speeds with its responsive engine. The handlebars are well made and give you a sense of control and balance at all times.

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The new HUD design for the bike is a state of the art design with its real time features. The hybrid analog/digital instrument pad is very easy to read for the rider even in bright sunlight. It offers some exciting new features such as fuel range and a unique ECO indicator that will tell you when you are riding like a madman and actually sucking the life out of your engine and other components. The seats are although not so great when it is considered in accordance with long highway rides. They are not supportive and are rather made a little softer. The squishy seats are a point of concern for the long route riders as they end up with a hurting butt.

Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Review and Specifications

Kawasaki designers have done a great job with the new attached saddlebags. Removing and installing them is a very easy thing. The saddle bags are locked with the same key that you use for the ignition and the top loading of the tank. There are some attached accessories that make this bike a perfect companion for the daily city riders. The heated grips are really comfy and really improve the overall handling of the bike. The additional DC power outlet will allow you to charge your smart phone on the go. The gear positions sensors are also there to help you in easy riding and gear adjustment. The focal fog lights in the front are really helpful when riding under extreme conditions of fog or dust. The engine guards for the protection make it a full package deal.

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The features that are offered by the Kawasaki are really great. There are no complaints about a few missing features here and there as the bike is aptly priced at $7,999 for the standard model and $8,699 for the LT version. Looking at the improvisations the Kawasaki engineers have done this new version of the Versys 650 is surely to make some noise on the roads.


Final Words
If you are looking for a powerful machine that will deliver not only on the highway but is an urban mean machine as well then you should go ahead and have a look at this bike.

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Kawasaki Versys 650 LT
ENGINE Turbocharged 649cc parallel twin
WHEELBASE 55.7 in. (1415mm)
BORE x STROKE 83.0 x 60.0mm
INDUCTION DFI, 38mm throttle bodies, single injector/cyl.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.5 gal. (20.8L)
EXACT LENGTH 2,125 mm (83.7 in)
EXACT HEIGHT 1,330 mm (52 in)
EXACT WIDTH 840 mm (33 in)
CLAIMED WEIGHT 206 kg (454 lb)
FRONT TIRE 120/70ZR-17
REAR TIRE 160/60ZR-17
FRONT BRAKE Dual 30  mm petal discs with 2-piston callipers
REAR BRAKE Single 220 mm petal disc with single piston calliper
AVAILABLE COLORS Candy Lime Green or Pearl Stardust White color
MSRP $8,699

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