WHY IT’S DESIRABLE: “Versys” is a contraction of “versatile system”
This Jim Gilbert’s Wheels and Deals Kawasaki with a parallel twin has proven itself as a solid commuter, tourer, and even sportbike. Featuring a rev-happy engine, great suspension, and ample cornering ability, the 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS LT will go just about as fast as you dare to go on our New Brunswick’s roads.
The big appeal may just be its upright and roomy riding position and you will love the adjustable-height windscreen. There have been a few styling updates over the years and the addition of an LT model that comes equipped with detachable hard side bags.
The Carefree Power is provided by Kawasaki’s compact 649cc parallel twin featuring liquid-cooling, semi-downdraft fuel injection, twin cams, four valves per cylinder, under-piston oil jets, counterbalancer, and a state of tune providing greater low-to-midrange torque. The steel-trellis frame is identical to the Ninja 650 and carries a 41mm inverted fork featuring 5.9-inch travel, adjustable rebound damping, and spring preload. The single offset laydown shock offers adjustable spring preload and 5.7-inch travel. Its 17-inch diameter cast-alloy wheels, sporty tires, and dual 300mm front disc brakes (ABS was introduced in ’14) are clear cues to an on-road focus despite the bike’s ADV-inspired styling. But who cares about the specs, as long as it has the Kawasaki legendary reliability, just get out and ride your Huggable Kawasaki Versys today, tomorrow and everyday..