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Kawasaki Versys (2006-2009)



Detail Value
New price £4,995
Used price range View Kawasaki VERSYS 650 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 649 cc
Power 60 bhp
Top speed 128 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

As the marketing driven name suggests the Kawasaki Versys is incredibly versatile, the jack of all trades. The Kawasaki Versys does everything well, but isn’t outstanding at any one thing. That said, the Kawasaki Versys is incredibly easy to ride, fun at low speeds and in some ways looks funky for 2007. At under £5000 for the basic model, the Kawasaki Versys is a versatile bargain.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Kawasaki Versys' parallel twin is stolen from Kawasaki's popular ER-6. But Kawasaki has tweaked the motor, it has more torque but less top end power. Still expect top speed around the 125mph mark and there’s more then enough low down on the Kawasaki Versys to have fun with.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Low speed handling is excellent making the new Kawasaki Versys ideally suited for town and city riding. Turns easily, very tight turning circle, you can just jump on the Kawasaki Versys and have fun, making the Kawasaki Versys ideal for new riders. However, when you up the pace well above the national speed limit the soft suspension starts to complain. Brakes are excellent if you can stop the front from burying itself into the road.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Some parts of the Kawasaki Versys look far more expensive than the price tag suggests. The Kawasaki Versys  has side-mounted adjustable shock, Buell style underslung exhaust, both stolen from the ER-6, and now fashionable wavy discs. But the clocks are basic and other parts of the bike feel cheap by comparison. The Kawasaki Versys' fairing is OK up to 80mph but expect some wind buffeting and pressure passed 90mph. 

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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The ER6 has proven reliable so there is no reason to suggest the de-tuned motor in the Kawasaki Versys shouldn’t be the same. Keep on top of the cleaning through winter and your Kawasaki Versys should look as good as it did when you first wheeled it out of the showroom.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Under £5000 for an incredibly versatile bike? The Kawasaki Versys sounds like a bargain and it is. The Kawasaki Versys is ideal for someone new to motorcycles or getting back into biking. Insurance costs should be low on the Kawasaki Versys and it shouldn’t be too heavy on tyres. Expect around 50mpg and possibly more if you’re gentle with the throttle. Find a Kawasaki Versys for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

2006: Kawasaki Versys launched.
2009: Kawasaki Versys GT launched.

Other Versions

2009 - Kawasaki Versys GT. Comes with colour-matched panniers, purpose-built pannier rack and an adjustable flip-up screen. ABS or non-ABS versions available.

Specifications

Top speed 128 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.6 secs
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 43 ft-lb
Weight 181 kg
Seat height 840 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 152 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 649 cc
Engine specification Parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular Steel
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 300mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(30 reviews)

  • perfect bike

    maria41

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought the Versys 7 months ago and have done about 2000 miles so far with it. It was far too tall for me to start with (I am 5'4'' on a good day!) but with the help of a lowering link and getting the seat scooped out at customseats.co.uk I managed to touch the ground with my feet! I love it, it rides superb, great fun on twisty roads... after my BMW F650GS that rode like a tractor (and broke down everywhere!) it is a breath of fresh air! It has plenty of power and acceleration, fairly fast for a 650cc, easy to ride and very forgiving. And I haven't even dropped it yet which normally occurs doing tight U-turns!

    17 April 2009

  • Ideal balance

    foxygrabon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I got done for speeding on my Zx6R last year. From the moment I got stopped it took all of the enjoyment out of riding the ZX for me. It was a great bike but only really provided any enjoyment when giving it big licks! In my opinion it’s just not practical to own a sports bike on today’s roads anymore - with the technology around you can easily get caught for speeding without even knowing it. This is where the Versys comes in - it's a great bike and has made biking enjoyable again for me. In the twisties it can keep up with the best of them. The motor is really flexible and the handling is superb. OK on the straights it’s going to struggle against the sports bikes but that not such a bad thing “your honour!”. It's even enjoyable to ride around town. I can't recommend this bike highly enough. Have fun.

    18 March 2009

  • Yeharr bought another one

    Harleyman341

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Well, I had my Versys 07 for 16 months and did 16000 fun filled miles. I felt the need to change and almost was tempted to buy a Yamaha Tenere, but realised that nothing could actually beat my Versys apart from a "New Versys" so thanks to 0% finance and some cracking service from Irelands in Barnstaple I have got a super new 09 Tango Orange Versys and a large grin, looking forward to another trouble free 16000 miles, then "who knows" maybe another one! Possibly the best UJM ever built!! IMHO Ian (Harleyman341)

    18 March 2009

  • Versatile :)

    cmit37

    Average rating rating is 5

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    This is my 5th bike in 5 years of riding and my first new bike. After reading all the reviews and taking a test ride at the MCN show in London I knew that this was the first bike I would safely keep for the next 3 years without getting bored with it. It really is all of the great things the reviews are claiming it to be.

    15 March 2009

  • Versys

    alien2

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Changed from sports bike to Versys in August due to back injury (car accident). Versys lives up to the hype it is, versatile. Handling is excellent. Comfort 10/10. Has also made me a better rider, now I don’t have 100+ bhp to worry about. After I brought mine few friends tried it and have changed to Versys as well.I normally ride all years round. Which is were the only problems come. The OE Dunlop tyres are not very good it the wet I will be fitting Bridgestone’s when I replace them. This is just my own opinion I just prefer Bridgestone’s. The other problem is I have never had a bike corrode like the Versys does, callipers, discs, sprockets and bolts are all a mess. Bike is washed 3-4 times a week and protective spray used. Made next to no difference. Which spoils another wise brilliant bike?

    22 December 2008

  • What next?

    Redrooster649

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Well, having chosen a FZS1 as my ultimate bike, I was slightly at a loss as to what else I should get. Had to be something different that gave me new fun as I wanted to keep the Fazer. The Versys fits that slot. I can go out on either and have wicked fun without prefering one over the other. On ride outs I can keep a high pace with my group, even two up, and have power to spare. My pillion likes both with two hours being OK before a rest interval. Reliability so far excellent and fuel consumption upper 40's. Now, which one shall I use tomorrow?

    27 May 2008

  • returning to biking after 10 years

    mike5100

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    What a peach. Had a VF1000F until 98, and this thing is just a dream to drive. OK the VF was (at the time) a stonking fast bike, but it was a bit of a barge. very pleased at how Kawasaki have tried to get all the fun into the speed/rev range that I want to use these days. Only had it a couple of weeks so nowt's gone wrong yet except a mirror has come loose. Amazing value with all the extras like vario screen, lowered gel seat, and panniers for 4.5k .... can't beat it. Can't wait to get it run in properly.

    11 April 2008

  • THE COMPLETE BIKE

    BREE

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I HAVE OWNED SEVERAL BIKES OVER THE YEARS AND THIS KAWASAKI IS JUST THE MOST COMPLETE BIKE FOR USE ON OUR ROADS TODAY UNLESS YOU ARE A COMPLETE BIKEOOLIGAN, ITS LIGHT COMFY ON LONG TRIPS AND SCRATCHED IS AS MUCH FUN AS ANY BIKE FUEL CONSUMPTION IS V GOOD IN FACT THIS IS THE BEST BIKE IVE EVER OWNED

    21 March 2008

  • THE COMPLETE BIKE

    BREE

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I HAVE OWNED SEVERAL BIKES OVER THE YEARS AND THIS KAWASAKI IS JUST THE MOST COMPLETE BIKE FOR USE ON OUR ROADS TODAY UNLESS YOU ARE A COMPLETE BIKEOOLIGAN, ITS LIGHT COMFY ON LONG TRIPS AND SCRATCHED IS AS MUCH FUN AS ANY BIKE FUEL CONSUMPTION IS V GOOD IN FACT THIS IS THE BEST BIKE IVE EVER OWNED

    21 March 2008

  • Well Pleased!

    Drew Peacock

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I Paid just £4080 for mine by hardball negotiating with the dealer who took back my knackered gsf 600 bandit. Well I must confess they sold me all clothing accessories as well so hense the deal! I'm so pleased with the bike but saw it as a stop-gap to a BMW but having read the reviews I don't think I'll bother. The bikes only done 484 miles at the moment so can't say an awful lot about it but I'm planning to commute 20,000 a year so I'll review alot more then steve

    07 January 2008

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alien2

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Versys

Changed from sports bike to Versys in August due to back injury (car accident). Versys lives up to the hype it is, versatile. Handling is excellent. Comfort 10/10. Has also made me a better rider, now I don’t have 100+ bhp to worry about. After I brought mine few friends tried it and thought it was brillant. This is the third Kawasaki I've owned and I normally ride all years round. Which is were the only problems come. The OE Dunlop tyres are not very good it the wet I will be fitting Bridgestone’s when I replace them. This is just my own opinion I just prefer Bridgestone’s. The other problem is I have never had a bike corrode like the Versys does, callipers, discs, sprockets and bolts are all a mess. Bike is washed 3-4 times a week and protective spray used. Made next to no difference. Which spoils another wise brilliant bike? My previous 2 Kawasaki's were not as well cared for and survived the winters in far better condition then the Versys.
I would still recommend the Versys to anyone it is a super bike just a pity its so much hard work now winter has arrived.
 

 

22 December 2008 17:17

Headhanger

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First "big bike"

I only just got my Versys yesterday. I passed my test that morning on a CBF500 and I love the Versys more than anything else!

Smooth, powerful, responsive ride.

19 March 2008 15:19

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Return to biking

I bought a Versys on my return to biking after a layoff of 14 years. I have found the bike to be excellent in every respect, especially as a twisties machine. Take one for a test ride and see what I mean.

05 January 2008 17:17

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