The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 gets some much needed additions to further its touring capabilities. Officially unveiled at the on-going EICMA 2021, the motorcycle now sports new styling that aligns it with the bigger Versys 1000 while adding comfort and tech to the mix making this an even more desirable touring package.
Styling changes include sharper lines, aggressive twin LED headlamps, four-way adjustable windscreen through a manual mechanism that increases the windshield height in increments of an inch. A TFT screen acts as the instrumentation and gets smartphone connectivity with access to Kawasaki’s Rideology App which allows monitoring of numerous machine functions and overviews of routes taken plus other functions. Kawasaki has also added a USB outlet. 28-litre, quick-release panniers are colour coordinated along with the convenience of Edition models which come pre-fitted with a range of genuine accessories. Urban, Tourer, Tourer Plus and Grand Tourer variants are all available as catalogue machines while owners are also free to specify from a huge range of accessories.
Powered by Kawasaki’s bulletproof fuel-injected, 649cc parallel twin, the updated Versys doesn’t see any mechanical changes but Kawasaki has added the Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) alongside two rider selectable modes and ABS. 21-litre fuel tank will see a fair amount of distance being covered before a refill.