This is the new Kawasaki Versys 650, which takes the motor from the ER6 and adds a high seating position, upright handlebars, adjustable screen and taller suspension to cope with city potholes.
The twin-cylinder motor gets around the compromises of single-cylinder supermotos and makes the bike a direct rival for a wide range of bikes used by daily commuters, new riders wanting something fun and people living in cities who need something capable of tackling longer rides. The 71bhp twin offers enough torque and power for a 130mph top speed.
The Versys – short for Versatile System – has a new banana-shaped swingarm, taller suspension and an all-new fuel tank and half-fairing with a distinctive new headlight. Quality bikes for sale: Click here.
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The Versys keeps the great-looking components of the ER6 – the petal brake discs front and rear, the belly-mounted exhaust system and the 17-inch wheels, which allow proper road tyres to be fitted.
It’s expected the bike will cost an expected £5500 and will be available towards the end of this year.