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|The Versys is one of those machines that exceeds the sum of its parts. Its name, derived from “vertex” (Latin for pinnacle, summit, top) and “system,” hints at its goal of offering a truly superior platform that maximizes fun in any number of street riding situations. One ride is all it takes to confirm that the Versys 650 delivers on its any-street promise.|
|Type||4-stroke, Parallel Twin|
|Bore and stroke||83.0 x 60.0 mm|
|Valve system||DOHC, 8 valves|
|Fuel system||Digital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)|
|Front: type||Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs|
|Front: calipers||Dual 2-piston calipers|
|Rear: type||Single 250 mm petal disc|
|Rear: calipers||Single-piston caliper|
|Overall length||2,165 mm|
|Overall height||1,400 mm / 1,450 mm (High Position)|
|Wheelbase||1,415 mm (55.7 in.)|
|Ground clearance||170 mm|
|Seat height||840 mm|
|Curb mass**||216 kg|
|Fuel capacity||21 litres|
|Transmission||6-speed, with positive neutral finder|
|Primary reduction ratio||2.095 (88/42)|
|Gear ratio: 1st||2.438 (39/16)|
|Gear ratio: 2nd||1.714 (36/21)|
|Gear ratio: 3rd||1.333 (32/24)|
|Gear ratio: 4th||1.111 (30/27)|
|Gear ratio: 5th||0.966 (28/29)|
|Gear ratio: 6th||0.852 (23/27)|
|Final reduction ratio||3.067 (46/15)|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc, manual|
|Type||Diamond, high-tensile steel|
|Wheel travel: front||150 mm (5.9 in.)|
|Tire: front||120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)|
|Wheel travel: rear||145 mm (5.7 in.)|
|Tire: rear||160/60-ZR17MC (69W)|
|Trail||108 mm (4.3 in.)|
|Steering angle (left/right)||35° / 35°|
|Suspension, front||41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload|
|Suspension, rear||Offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability|
Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.
On fuel-injected models, throttle bodies generally have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased.
Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of “following the rider’s intention, while providing natural-feeling support.” They are featured on many Kawasaki models.
Sudden over-application of the brakes, or braking on low-grip surfaces (surfaces with a low coefficient of friction) such as wet asphalt or manhole covers may cause a motorcycle’s wheel(s) to lock up and slip. ABS was developed to prevent such incidents. Kawasaki ABS systems are controlled by high precision and highly reliable programming formulated based on thorough testing of numerous riding situations. By ensuring stable braking performance, they offer rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.
And to meet the special requirements of certain riders, specialised ABS systems are also available. For example, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, enabling sport riding to be enjoyed by a wider range of riders. And by linking the front and rear brakes, K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS provides the confidence to enjoy touring on heavyweight models. Kawasaki is continually working on the development of other advanced ABS systems.
Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an “ECO” mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the “ECO” mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced.
While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the “ECO” mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.
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