2020 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT

Keep it sporty or tour-capable? There’s an option for either.

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The versatile Versys. Nimble enough to take on commanding twisties, yet comfortable to take on the tour and potentially some gravel roads, the Versys 650 is a sport-touring machine that can clock in many a mile and allow the rider to do so in upright riding position comfort. A three-way-adjustable windscreen accommodates a variety of rider heights, and a slew of accessories allow the machine to be tailored to different preferences. Powered by a compact 649cc parallel-twin engine, the Versys 650 and Versys 650 LT, the bag/bar guard-equipped twin, deliver a claimed 47 pound-feet of torque at 7,000 rpm.

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2020 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

In 2018, we touted this as the minimalist’s adventure bike because while its 17-inch wheels/tires and low-slung exhaust deem it more appropriate for the street, its relatively narrow engine design and upright riding position make it appropriate for the gravel road as well.

Comparable adventure-tourers could be found in the BMW F 750 GS, Honda NC750X DCT ABS, and Suzuki V-Strom 650.

Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT Updates For 2020

Nothing new was highlighted for the 2020 models. Two variants of the Versys 650 include the ABS and LT versions. The LT being the more touring-ready of the two comes with 28-liter saddlebags and hand guards. It comes in at an MSRP of $9,199 in comparison to the $8,299 ABS version. Both models come in a single colorway: Pearl Blizzard White/Metallic Carbon Gray.

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2020 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS/LT Claimed Specifications

Price: $8,299 (ABS)/$9,199 (LT)
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC parallel twin
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm
Horsepower: N/A
Torque: 47.0 lb-ft @ 7,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 33.1 in.
Rake: 25.0°
Trail: 4.3 in.
Front Suspension: 41mm telescopic fork, preload and rebound adjustable; 5.9-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Preload and rebound adjustable; 5.7-in. travel
Front Tire: 120/70-17
Rear Tire: 160/60-17
Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal.
Wet Weight: 476 lb. (ABS)/496 lb. (LT)
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