The Kawasaki Versys is a versatile, middleweight street bike that was first introduced in Europe and Canada in 2006, before hitting the American market one year later. The Versys has been viewed as something of a departure from Kawasaki’s usual style, but it’s also been tremendously successful. The 2009 Kawasaki Versys is powered by essentially the same 649cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder engine that its predecessors were equipped with. That engine, which is derived from that of the Kawasaki Ninja 650R, has double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It provides the 2009 Versys with the kind of healthy low-to-mid range rpms that make it great for urban riding. The bike’s performance is also bolstered by a digital fuel injection system with 38mm Keihin throttle bottles that helps it minimize gas consumption while also maintaining an elevated pace on the freeway. While it’s not technically a touring bike, the 2009 Kawasaki Versys does offer an upright riding position. It also has a three-way adjustable windscreen, enabling riders of all sizes to be able to direct airflow over their heads. With relaxed ergonomics and a solid feel to it, the Versys inspires confidence in the rider and can be controlled more easily than some bikes its size. The Versys has a seat height of 33.1 inches and ground clearance that enables it to travel over different types of surfaces, while not exactly being off-road ready.