Firmly established as the go-to mid-capacity any roads machine in its segment for a multitude of riders, Kawasaki has considered carefully how to move the concept of the Versys 650 forward in 2022.
While not changing the essence of what makes the 649cc parallel twin powered machine so popular, the upgrades and changes being introduced increase the familial synergy with its litre-class sibling and deliver increased functionality and comfort.
With its 17-inch wheels and long travel suspension, the Versys 650 has formed a bond with countless riders who ride in the urban jungle during the week and break out of the city at weekends to tour solo, or with passenger and luggage.
And speaking of luggage, the option of colour coded clean mount panniers, plus a capacious top case remains for 2022, along with the convenience of Edition models which come pre-fitted with a range of genuine accessories.
Urban, Tourer, Tourer Plus and Grand Tourer are all available as kitted out machines, while owners are also free to specify from a huge range of accessories to create their very own ‘Versys version’.
Practically speaking, the Versys now features a redesigned upper cowl and new four-position windshield design, with screen adjustment being even easier. Plus, there’s an option of a larger screen for ultimate element isolation.
LED lights and indicators make the new bike unmissable, while reassurance is delivered via KTRC traction control and its two rider selectable modes.
Riding is what Versys owners care about most, and the slim, tubular chassis and narrow engine profile certainly deliver a flickable package that is both comfortable over distance and fun to be in command of.
Certainly, most riders will want to (and be able to) ride until the last vestiges of fuel in the 21-litre fuel tank are sipped, before stopping to refuel. Frugal and fun, the Versys 650 is perhaps best explained as a “thoroughbred workhorse”, ready to respond.
And yet, it pursues its task with a lightness of touch and all-day comfort that prepares both rider and passenger for the next day’s ride, and the day after that. For 2022, there is the convenience of a TFT colour meter with Smartphone Bluetooth connectivity.
The package links the motorcycle, and the rider’s phone in order to access Kawasaki’s Rideology app, which provides monitoring of numerous machine functions and overviews of routes taken, plus other functions.
Add the convenience of an optional USB outlet, along with other practical accessories and the logic of each move Kawasaki has made to enhance the Versys 650 for the new season, and it all makes perfect, practical sense.
Local pricing is yet to be announced, along with a launch date.