Kawasaki Versys 650 gets big bike makeover for 2022

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Kawasaki’s popular, twin cylinder all-rounder, the Versys 650, is getting a significant makeover for 2022.

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Most obviously it gets a new, larger front cowling and screen intended to give both better wind protection and more closely resemble its 1000cc bigger brother.

This incorporates a new LED headlight (there’s also matching LED taillight and indicators) and also houses a new 4.3in colour, smartphone compatible TFT dash.

2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 in black

It also now gets a two-way version of Kawasaki’s traction control system, ‘KTRC’.

Otherwise the affordable, versatile Versys is unchanged, with a 649cc, 68bhp parallel twin engine and fine handling, upright and comfortable chassis being the standouts.

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Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.