The Kawasaki Versys 650 is among the most adaptable bikes on sale in India in the sub-10 lakh rupee segment and has been doing decent numbers since its launch two years back. Now, the Japanese 2-wheeler maker has launched the 2018 version of the adventure tourer in our two-wheeler space at Rs.6.5 lakh (ex-showroom). The new bike gets the same black and green colour scheme as seen on the older bike but with revised graphics. The parallel-twin cylinder motor on the 2018 Kawasaki Versys 650 churns out 68 bhp at 8500 rpm and 64 Nm of top torque obtainable at 7000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed transmission. Other components have been carried over as well including 41 mm Inverted telescopic forks at the front and an offset monoshock setup with remote spring adjustable preload at the rear. Braking performance comes from a 300 mm disc up front and a 250 mm single disc at the rear. The Versys 650 received Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) right from the start and the safety feature remains unchanged on the 2018 edition as well. The bike rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Kawasaki Versys 650 received a substantial update in 2017 with the instrument console getting a gear position indicator along with an adjustable fly screen. That’s why, the subtle updates on the 2018 model is understanble. Moreover, it is reported that an all-new Versys 650 is under development that will be borrowing its underpinnings from the new Ninja 650. Expect to see improved off-roading capabilities on the all-new Versys as well as sharper styling and improved performance. The rear shock is adjustable for preload while rebound damping and preload can be adjusted on the USD forks. The bike has a 21-litre fuel tank capacity, which is a boon while touring, and weighs 216kg. The styling of the bike is inspired from its liter-class sibling and the bike gets a semi-digital instrument console with an adjustable fly screen. The Kawasaki Versys 650 still remains the only middleweight adventure tourer on sale in India and the new graphics does make it visually more appealing and should help Kawasaki in garnering good sales figures.
Barring the Benelli TNT 600 GT, the Kawasaki Versys 650 does not have a direct rival in the country and continues to be a highly lucrative choice in its segment and price bracket. The model is already available for booking at Kawasaki dealerships across the country, while deliveries should commence in a few weeks.