Kawasaki Versys 650 India Launch on December 24 at an expected price of Rs. 6.75 lakh; ABS more likely to come as standard
Kawasaki Versys 650 middle-weight adventure tourer will be launched in India with ABS on December 24 and is expected to come at an on-road price of Rs 6.75 lakh. The Japanese motorcycle maker currently offers the Ninja 650 and the ER-6n in the 650cc range in the domestic market and the Versys 650 will be positioned above both of them and below Z800.
The Ninja 650 is being retailed by Kawasaki at around Rs 6 lakh whilst the ER-6n in the region of Rs 5.5 lakh. The Versys 650 will come with added equipment like ABS(Anti-lock Braking System), different set of tyres and adjustable suspension springs to allow for its tourer traits.
Ever since reports emerged that Kawasaki brought in a Versys 650 for homologation purposes in India several months ago, there has been numerous buzz spiralling about its launch. More likely to be offering ABS as standard, the Versys 650 will address the common issue the recently updated Ninja 650 and the ER-6n possess which is the lack of that safety braking system.
However, the addition of ABS will call for a premium price than those existing 650cc models at an expected sum of around Rs. 6.75 lakh. With no mechanical modifications likely to be made from its 650cc class siblings, the Kawasaki Versys 650 is powered by a 649cc parallel-twin four-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine that churns out 68PS of maximum power at 8,500rpm and 63.7Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm.
Power is transferred to the rear wheel through a six-speed transmission. Brakes are a dual 300mm petal-style rotors with two-piston caliper up front and a single 250mm petal-style rotor with single-piston caliper at the rear.
The exterior styling of the Versys 650 will be as similar to its litre-class sibling – also sold in India. It has dual headlamps, quarter fairing, height adjustable wind screen, LED taillamps, large grab rails for pillion rider, larger fuel tank for long distance range, wider seats for extra comfort, front upside down forks and monoshock rear with adjustable springs.
To stand by its tourer ethics, the Versys 650 middle-weight adventure bike will also have 170mm ground clearance and reach-adjustable handlebar. It will compete against the likes of Benelli TNT 600GT in the Indian market where Kawasaki is planning to launch twelve models in the next two years.