There is no better season than festival for manufacturers to launch their products in India. On Saturday, India Kawasaki Motor (IKM) launched the 2019 edition of the Versys 650 in the country. Its priced at Rs. 6.69 lakh (ex-showroom), same as the current model on sale.
While there are no mechanical changes either on the new model. Though the paint scheme on the middleweight tourer with new black and green highlights for the front and rear section is new. The fuel tank is finished in grey.
Power on the 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 comes from the same 649 ccs, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine tuned to produce 67.4 bhp and 64 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The bike uses a 41 mm USD forks up front and a pre-load and rebound adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear. Braking duties on the motorcycle are handled by 300 mm twin disc brakes at the front and a 250 mm single disc at the rear with Nissin callipers. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard on the Versys 650.
Touring has always been the mainstay for the Kawasaki Versys 650 and the bike rides on 17-inch alloy wheels shod with road-spec tyres. The bike still remains away from a lot of electronic intervention and does not have any of the fancy electronics onboard, also making for a competitive price tag.
The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 650 undercuts its competition in terms of pricing. The Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT ABS is priced at ₹ 7.46 lakh, while the SWM Superdual T is priced at ₹ 6.80 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom).
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