Kawasaki Versys 650 Review

Kawasaki Versys 650

8
Lots of low down power, all round ability, handling, bullet proof engine, value
×Screen adjustment needs tools, headlights are a bit funky, not the smoothest engine

What Is It?

The 2010 Kawasaki Versys 650 is a mid-range adventure bike which was first launched in 2006 and updated in 2015.

Engine: 649 cc Parallel Twin, 63 bhp

Economy: 45 mpg

Range: 190 miles

Seat Height: 845 mm

Full specs, pics and prices

What Is It Like?

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Choosing The Versys

I bought my Red 2011 Kawasaki Versys second hand in 2018. After previously owning the ER6 a few years before I knew everything to look out for, which is one of the main reasons I bought the bike. They are pretty much the same apart from the riding position and the fairing.

The main reason I bought the bike was because I had a couple of years off bikes and after a bad break up decided I want to go travelling.

Europe

Just before I set off travelling I took it to the mechanic I use, he told me it was solid and in very good condition. So off I went on my trip!

I spent five weeks on this bike travelling from the UK to Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and back through France.

I camped the whole time so the bike was heavily packed with panniers etc and this didn't effect the Versys at all! It took everything that was thrown at it. Twisty Alp roads, rough bad roads, heavy rain and winds, being dropped and my general abuse.

Kawasaki Versys 650

Good Points

  • Cheap to run
  • Pretty cheap to buy and maintain
  • Engines are bullet proof
  • Riding position is very good for long trips
  • Pulls like a train
  • Easy to ride
  • The low end power is awesome

Bad Points

  • The engine is a little crude so it's not the smoothest ride but you do get used to it
  • The seat is a bit hard but can be sorted with an aftermarket upgrade
  • It's not the fastest but will happily sit at motorway speeds

To Sum Up

I've had the bike now for over a year, have done a couple of small trips as well and the only issue I've had is a puncture in France!

I must be honest the Versys isn't the prettiest bike on the market but she's tough as old boots and if it's a tourer you want or a reliable commuter you can't go wrong. This bike is an amazing all rounder, it can be a toy, a serious tourer or a little plodder on those rides to work.

In conclusion, if you're looking for basically anything in a bike, except a crotch rocket obviously, the Versys is definitely worth looking at. I had intended on selling it after I got back from my big trip, but sort of fell in love with the old girl and look forward to taking her away again next year.

A happy Versys owner.

- Naphen T, 2019

Kawasaki Versys 650 Deals

Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2010 £3,100 £2,500 £2,200 14,800
2011 £3,350 £2,700 £2,350 13,300
2012 £3,650 £2,900 £2,550 11,800
2013 £3,950 £3,150 £2,800 10,300
2014 £4,350 £3,450 £3,050 8,600

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Check out this really useful video review from Vegan On A Versys.