Kawasaki launched the BS6 Versys 650 in India for a price of Rs 6.79 lakh which is Rs 10,000 more expensive than the BS4-spec bike and it also loses 3hp and 3Nm of torque with the BS6 update.
Kawasaki is gradually building the brand’s BS6 lineup in India and the latest addition from the Japanese manufacturer is the 2020 BS6 Versys 650. The BS6 Kawasaki Versys 650 has been launched in India for a price of Rs 6.79 lakh (ex-showroom) and it is offered in a single Candy Lime Green color option. The BS6 Versys 650 is now Rs 10,000 more expensive than the BS4-spec model it replaces. Let’s look at it in a little more detail.
For 2020, the BS6 Versys 650 gets a new graphic on the fuel tank and there are subtle updates to the motorcycle here and there. Power and torque figure of the motorcycle however has gone down marginally due to BS6 compliance. Bookings for the Versys 650 are already ongoing at Kawasaki dealerships for a token amount of Rs 50,000 and deliveries are expected to commence by the end of August 2020.
The 2021 Kawasaki Versys 650 BS6 continues to be powered by the 649 cc twin-cylinder engine that now produces 65 bhp and 61 Nm of peak torque. In comparison, the BS4-spec Versys 650 produced 68 bhp and 64 Nm of peak torque from the same engine. The 6-speed gearbox has been carried over unchanged. This engine was characterized by a strong mid-range performance and that has been retained with the updated motor as well.
Other cycle parts on the motorcycle also remain unchanged. It continues with its 21-liter fuel tank and is suspended by 41 mm USD forks at the front with 150 mm of travel and offset laydown monoshock at the rear with 145 mm of travel. Both the suspension units are adjustable. Braking duties are taken care by 300 mm petal discs with dual-piston calipers at the front while the rear gets a 250 mm petal disc brake with a single-piston caliper. The motorcycle rides on 17-inch alloys.
Other than the updated engine, the rest of the motorcycle remains practically unchanged. It also misses out on the new TFT instrument console we saw on some newer BS6 Kawasaki motorcycles as well as the Rideology connectivity app. It continues with its semi-digital instrument cluster that now benefits from a gear position indicator. It also gets an adjustable windscreen, wide handle bars and a comfortable, upright seating position. The headlamps are however still halogen units and there are no LED DRLs either. The Versys 650 is quite a versatile package with great touring credentials and mild off-roading too. It is quite competitively priced in its segment and rivals the likes of the Suzuki V-Strom XT, CFMoto 650MT and the Benelli TRK 502, all three of which are yet to receive their BS6 update.