Kawasaki KLE 650 Versys




Make Model

Kawasaki KLE 650 Versys


2007 - 08


Four stroke, parallel twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder


650 cc / 39.6 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 83 X 60mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 10.6:1


Fuel injection: ø38 mm


Digital CBI 
Starting Electric

Max Power

47 kW / 64 hp @ 8000 rpm

Max Torque

61 Nm / 6,2 kgf-m @ 6800 rpm


6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain
Frame Diamond, high-tensile steel

Front Suspension

41 mm inverted telescopic fork with stepless (right-side) adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload

Rear Suspension

Offset laydown single-shock with 13-way adjustable rebound damping and
7-way adjustable preload

Front Brakes

2x 300mm discs 2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 220mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Rake 25°
Trail 110 mm / 4.3 in
Dimensions Length    2126 mm / 83.7 in
Width        840 mm / 33.1 in
Height  1315.7 mm / 51.8 in
Wheelbase 1415 mm / 55.7 in
Seat Height 840 mm / 33.1 in

Dry Weight

181 kg / 399 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

19 Litres / 5.0 gal

Consumption Average

19.3 km/lit

Standing ¼ Mile  

13.1 sec / 160.4 km/h
Standing 1000 m   25.7 sec  / 178.2 km/h

Top Speed

197 km/h / 122.4 mph

At Kawasaki, we know that no stretch of road has ever been ridden the same way twice. Choice of line, angle of corner approach and exit, nuance of brake and throttle, weight transfer, rhythm and timing – just some of the personal signatures of each and every ride. For enthusiasts, and particularly for Kawasaki riders, at the very heart of motorcycling lies the singular enjoyment of the ride – not merely negotiating riding conditions, but revelling in them. Like a surfer on a wave, we make each ride our own.

With the Versys we set out to create a motorcycle that would empower riders to explore fully their individual riding style and find true inspiration on all types of road, in or out of town. Riders who have experienced a wide range of riding conditions and already know plenty about how they like to ride will be very excited by what the Versys has to offer – an added dimension of ride controllability.

We wanted the Versys rider to be able more than ever to take charge of their riding experience. So the suspension settings and riding position of the Versys are specifically designed to respond to weight transfer decisions by the rider, particularly adjustments to forward-rear balance while in motion.

Rider-machine synchronicity has always been a prime Kawasaki design consideration, and to enhance rider feeling on the Versys we paid special attention to optimising feedback; in fact, the Versys could well be the most communicative bike you will ever ride. Completing the package is an engine tuned to respond to your command at any rpm, especially down low, so you’re never left short when you want power on the ground.

With the distinctive handling characteristics of the Versys, riders will find that they really can call the shots, nailing their chosen line with ease or altering their track with equal aplomb, even mid-corner. And with a set up devised to complement riders’ personal technique and natural instincts, striking a great riding rhythm – be it perfectly stringing together a series of tight bends or moving effortlessly through traffic – quickly emerges as a definitive characteristic of the Versys ride.

Dynamic ride control to enhance your riding experience – that’s the any-street promise of the new Versys.



Triangular layout of the crankshaft and transmission shafts makes the engine very short front-to-back.

The key to the Versys’ compact size is its engine. Our engineers knew that, for the trim package they were pursuing, an In-line Four would be too wide and a V-Twin too long. The only engine design that offered both good power and the requisite compactness was a Parallel Twin.

The Versys’ 649 cc liquid-cooled power unit is far and away the most compact engine in its category.

The compact design and surprising performance is the result of an engine loaded with high technology. Ninja technology and know-how abounds in the Versys, and that explains why this compact and lightweight machine can outperform so many of its competitors.

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve, 649cc, Parallel Twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges.

Plated, linerless aluminum cylinders are lightweight, and the narrow cylinder spacing reduces engine width.

Simplified cooling system routes coolant through the engine cases to the cylinder and head to reduce external plumbing.

Compact radiator with high-density core provides efficient cooling.

Large-bore 38 mm throttle bodies feature sub-throttle valves and fine-atomizing injectors to deliver instant cold starting, excellent power characteristics and good fuel economy.

ECU controlled sub-throttles ensure smooth, linear power characteristics. Auto-fast idle system simplifies starting and ensures the catalyser reaches optimum temperature quickly.

The combination of efficient fuel injection and a 3-way catalyser inside the muffler make for very low emissions which pass the stringent regulations.

180° crankshaft drives a balancer shaft for silky smooth engine operation. Oil jets located in the rod big-ends direct oil to the undersides of the pistons for added cooling.

Semi-dry sump design reduces engine height. There are two oil pumps; one scavenge pump and one pressure pump. Scavenged oil is stored in transmission cavity, away from the crankshaft area.

Triangular layout of the crankshaft and transmission shafts makes the engine very short front-to-back.

Transmission input shaft, output shaft and change drum are contained in a “cassette”-style package that both allows a compact layout and facilitates transmission maintenance.

The smooth-shifting 6-speed transmission has a gear for every situation, from low-speed city traffic to high-speed highway use.

The transmission is equipped with Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Neutral Finder. Just lift the pedal from first at a stop to find neutral easily , every time.

Attractive bend of the exhaust pipes ensure the optimum tuned length between the cylinder head and silencer for best performance and torque characteristics.

Under-engine muffler improves mass centralisation and lowers the bike’s centre of gravity.

Lightweight plug-mounted “stick” ignition coils deliver a hot spark while saving space.


The base frame construction and stiffness balance were set to offer a high level of feedback to the rider.
Designed for the discerning enthusiast, the Versys’ riding position, engine characteristics, chassis balance and suspension settings were all selected to maximize rider exhilaration on the street. With superb control and feedback, the Versys achieves a high level of rider confidence in numerous street riding situations and accommodates a variety of riding styles.

Sleek, flickable chassis
The key to the Versys’ sleek chassis is its compact Parallel Twin engine, which allows the use of a slim, lightweight frame. Together with the forward-located seat position and the under-engine muffler, this engine-frame combination delivers a highly centralized mass distribution, which contributes to the highly agile package. High priority was given to achieving chassis settings that deliver a high level of feedback, better enabling the rider to recognize the bike’s limits.

The highly compact engine and under-engine muffler contribute to mass centralization. The front cowl (including instrument panel and headlight unit) is mounted directly to the frame, minimizing its effect on handling.
The base frame construction and stiffness balance were set to offer a high level of feedback to the rider.

The bike’s tall seat height and long-stroke suspension result in a higher CG. The resultant increase in agility makes the Versys even more fun to control.

Chassis dimensions provide a balance of flickability and high-speed stability. With a wheelbase of 1,415 mm, the Versys can still be considered a “short wheelbase” model, and accordingly it delivers a high level of agility.

Long travel suspension and sport 17” wheels
Not all streets in the real world are made of circuit-smooth pavement. Road imperfections (bumps, potholes) are far from rare. While the Versys was not designed for off-road use, its long-travel front fork and rear shock were specially selected to cope with any street conditions it may come across, and, along with its 17” wheels, enable aggressive sport riding.

Both the front fork and rear shock combine long travel with stiff springs. Standard off-road style long-travel suspension allows a bike to fly over bumps and ruts with ease, but this type of suspension was deemed to be too mushy for the kind of riding we wanted to offer. Likewise with sport bike suspension, road holding is superb, but performance is best on relatively smooth roads. Combining both long travel and stiff springs yields the benefits of both off-road-style and sportbike suspension, offering excellent road holding in a wide range of street riding conditions and superb feedback, enabling aggressive sport riding.

The outer tubes of the 41 mm inverted front fork are tapered and are relatively short (even at full compression, a large portion of the inner tubes remain visible) to provide the ideal stiffness balance to complement chassis settings.

The fork is adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload.
Fork height is 8mm adjustable within the fork clamps, allowing the rider to tailor the Versys for different riding styles.

An aluminum gulltype swingarm was chosen in order to accommodate the longer stroke of the rear suspension. The use of aluminum helps reduce unsprung weight.

In addition to being lighter, using a non-link type rear shock offers more direct feedback from the rear wheel, contributing to greater rider “feel.” The excellent feedback clearly communicates the bike’s limits, increasing rider confidence.

The ability of the rear suspension to soak up bumps and ruts was the key to being able to ride over road imperfections like rocks and potholes, etc. Consequently, a great deal of development time was also devoted to the tuning of the Showa rear shock unit.

The high-grade shock unit makes use of a free piston and 2-stage damping valves to ensure smooth action at the initial part of the compression stroke and firmer damping near full compression, giving a more planted feel.

Careful attention to the tuning of the rear suspension ensures the Versys can be ridden aggressively and with confidence through city streets, be they paved, brick or cobblestone.
Rear shock is adjustable for rebound damping and spring preload.

Attractive 6-spoke, 17”, supersport-style wheels give the bike a light look while reducing unsprung weight to contribute to the bike’s quick steering.

A 110mm front tire was considered, but in the end a 120mm tire was deemed to offer a better balance of quick steering and front wheel traction.

Dual 300mm petal style front disc brakes are gripped by twin-piston, pin-slide calipers for superb stopping power. The petal style, drilling, and 5mm disc thickness all contribute to low unsprung weight for enhanced handling characteristics.

Rear 220mm petals style disc with single-piston, pin-slide caliper provides excellent feedback to the rider.

Slim, upright riding position
When engineers considered the kind of riding they wanted to offer, and the speed range most often used in everyday riding, a naturally relaxed posture care of a slim, upright position with wide handlebars was deemed ideal. Because it would have a great impact on rider control and enjoyment, a substantial amount of development time and effort was devoted to fine-tuning the riding position.

The short-style tank positions the rider closer to the front wheel for increased controllability and offers a greater choice of forward-rearward sitting positions.

The seat’s slim design and the knee grip characteristics of the tank afford good freedom of movement, allowing the riders to change seating position on long rides.

Wide handlebar gives the rider excellent control.

Complementing the wide handlebar, the footpegs are positioned low and slightly forward of the seat.

Wide, rubber covered footpegs help reduce unwanted vibration and offer increased freedom of mobility.

When combined with the long-stroke suspension, the upright riding position and higher seat height offer a commanding view of the road ahead – especially advantageous when navigating city traffic or winding roads in the hills.

The front cowl, instrument panel, and headlight unit are mounted directly to the frame, minimizing its effect on handling.

An adjustable windscreen helps reduce wind noise and helmet buffeting, creating a serene space behind which to enjoy high-speed riding.
The windscreen has three different height settings, allowing riders to tailor its height to suit their preferences.

A taller windscreen is also available as an option.

The stacked dual headlight with dual position lamps on the left and right gives the Versys a unique face. On low-beam setting only the upper lamp is lit; both lamps light up on high-beam setting.

Touring potential
For riders who prefer longer excursions, a comfortable seat, relaxed riding position, large volume fuel tank, protection from the adjustable windscreen and enhanced touring potential make the Versys a very capable long distance partner.

Along with the comfortable seat, the relaxed position enables rider to spend long hours in the saddle.

A 19-litre fuel tank combined with excellent fuel economy offers an ample touring range.

Reinforced trellis sub-frame was designed to accommodate aftermarket saddlebags. The sub-frame’s additional strength contributes to increased stability when carrying luggage or a passenger.

Thanks to the under-engine muffler, the bike’s profile can stay relatively slim even with the saddlebags attached.
Passenger footpeg stays and grab bars double as tie-down points for securing luggage.

The stepped seat was designed with different thickness and firmness of urethane, optimizing comfort for both the rider and passenger.
Passenger position was also designed to offer a natural seating position. Passenger grab bars are located in a natural position, further increasing passenger comfort.

The comfort afforded by the slim layout (possible thanks to the under-engine muffler) also extends to the passenger. A further benefit of the under-engine muffler is that heat is kept away from the passenger.

All new instrument panel features white LED backlighting for increased visibility at night. Features include a digital speedometer, analogue-style tachometer, digital fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meter, and traditional warning lights.