2015 Kawasaki Versys Models: More Versatile than Ever

Oct 30, 2014 View Comments by

2015 Kawasaki Versys Models: More Versatile than EverKawasaki’s do-it-all street bike lineup gets a number of updates and improvements across three distinct models. First up is the base Versys 650 ABS. Beginning the long list of “news” for the Versys is revised styling on the bike’s front end. The look is certainly more aggressive with the likeness of a somewhat angry, alien insect. Moving on to the bike’s mechanical enhancements, Kawasaki claims a boost in both power and torque from the 2015 Kawasaki Versys Models: More Versatile than EverVersys’ 649cc parallel twin, though they don’t quote any numbers or mention how it was achieved. They do get more specific on the suspension department as the 2015 Versys gets a new 41mm Showa inverted front fork with stepless pre-load and rebound adjustment. Out back there’s a pre-load adjustable KYB shock. The brake set up has also been improved with a new front master cylinder and Nissin calipers gripping 300mm petal style discs, with ABS of course. Kawasaki didn’t leave the ergonomics alone either with repositioned foot pegs and new rubber mounts for the engine and handlebar to reduce vibration. The windshield also gets an update—it’s now larger and boasts more adjustability. Other changes to the Versys include a larger fuel tank and increased load capacity.

Versys 650 LT
Turning the 2015 Versys 650 into a lightweight touring bike is as simple as opting for the LT model. The LT adds KQR (Kawasaki Quick Release) saddlebags and handguards to all the improvements made to the base Versys. MSRP on both models has yet to be determined, so it remains to be seen what value the LT version will be compared with the 650 ABS.

2015 Kawasaki Versys Models: More Versatile than EverVersys 1000 LT
Available for the first time in the U.S. for the 2015 model year is the Versys 1000, which has been offered in Europe for years. This new-to-us Versys is powered by a 1,043cc inline four cylinder based on the lump found in the Z1000. Kawasaki doesn’t make a power claim, but torque is reported to be 75.2 pound-feet at 7,500 rpm—almost identical to the Z1000’s torque figure. For reference, the Z1000 is reported to put out around 130 horsepower, so the Versys 1000 may be in that ballpark. The 1000 also features slightly beefier brakes with dual 310mm petal rotors with four-piston calipers out front and a single 250mm disc with single-piston caliper out back, with ABS. It appears that the LT will be the only available Versys 1000 in the U.S. with its included KGR saddlebags and handguards. Pricing hasn’t been announced for the 1000 either.

For more info check out www.kawasaki.com


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