New Bike Alert!! Kawasaki unveils the Versys

New Bike Alert! Kawasaki Versys
We Like This Bike!! Can’t wait to ride it.

Kawasaki press release follows:
The new 2008 Kawasaki Versys is a machine which
occupies a hard to define sweet spot in the motorcycling
universe. Is it a practical commuter? Long-legged
urban assault vehicle? Sportbike? Light Tourer?
The answer on all counts is a resounding Yes! This isn’t
a niche specialist but rather a jack-of-all-trades
with user-friendly versatility as one of its many charms.
The 649cc parallel twin and the neutral handling and
light steering chassis of the Ninja 650R sportbike made
the perfect starting point for this comfortable gridlock
commando. A swoopy gull-wing swingarm, long-travel
inverted 41mm fork, six-spoke superbike-inspired wheels,
adjustable-height windscreen and a comfortable cockpit
were combined to create a motorcycle that just begs to
be ridden wherever the pavement might lead.
The compact liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 8-valve,
649cc parallel twin engine was modified for the Versys
motorcycle so it delivers smooth power that’s well-suited
for off-the-line acceleration and flexible torque in the
cut-n-thrust of a rider’s morning commute. This engine’s
overall characteristics are entertaining for even the
most advanced riders, yet predictable enough to inspire
confidence in less-experienced motorcyclists.
 Its suspension offers the next level in sophistication:
an advanced Showa rear shock featuring a free piston and
two-stage damping valves for progressive compression
damping which firms significantly as the shock moves
through its stroke. This allows a longer wheel travel
with a feel that is initially soft like a dual sport,
but firms to near sportbike levels as suspension loads
escalate. Of course, this advanced shock is
fully-adjustable and connected to a beautiful aluminum
gull-wing swingarm that is longer than average, thanks
to a short/compact engine and chassis.
 Up front, the Versys suspension continues the high-tech
approach with a fully-adjustable 41mm tapered-tube
inverted fork that combines the best of off-road and
sportbike suspension action for a stiffness balance that
is a perfect compliment to the chassis settings. In
addition to a more-comfortable ride, the long-travel
suspension’s soft-stroke allows easy control of the
chassis’ running angle by shifting the rider’s weight.
 Complimenting the able suspension is the carefully
designed cockpit that features a two-piece seat
constructed to provide optimum comfort to both the rider
and passenger. An easy-to-read and informative instrument
panel allows riders to quickly scan the gauges and get
their eyes back on the road. Capping off the comfort list
is an adjustable windscreen that can be raised or lowered
to three positions in 20mm increments.
 Engine
649cc parallel twin-cylinder, DOHC engine is the most
compact in its category. The engine is considerably
smaller than that of the Ninja 500 and helps reduce the
dimension of the entire motorcycle. Tuned to deliver
smooth, responsive power in the low-to mid-rpm range
with exceptional roll-on response ideal for negotiating
city traffic.
Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes it
short front to back, a semi-dry sump oil system reduces
overall engine height, and the narrow pitch of the chrome
composite plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine
width. Muffler with 3-way catalyzer and bullet-tip
opening is mounted below the engine to help lower the
center of gravity and aid weight centralization. 
180-degree crankshaft plus balancer shaft for extremely
smooth engine operation. Oil jets on the connecting rod
big ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to
aid cooling. 
 Liquid Cooling
Fewer external hoses because the coolant is routed
through the engine cases.
 Digital Fuel Injection (DFI)
Utilizes 38mm Keihin throttle bodies with ECU controlled
sub throttle valves for optimum performance and
rideability. The sub throttles, located behind the main
throttle valves, permit the DFI system a more precise
throttle response, similar to a constant velocity
carburetor. Automatic fast idle system makes starting
and warm-up easy. Digital Capacitor Discharge Ignition
(CDI) System Microprocessor controlled timing never
requires adjustment and is ultra responsive to engine
needs. Spark plug mounted "stick" ignition coils are
compact and help reduce weight
 Six-Speed Transmission
Cassette style transmission means the shafts and shift
drum are in a compact layout that is easily removed as
a single unit from the case for easier maintenance.
Trellis Frame
High tensile steel trellis frame is small and light.
Designed using 3-dimensional computer analysis to achieve
the optimum stiffness balance for better handling. 
Narrow at the knees and feet for increased rider comfort
and control
Single shock Rear Suspension.
Aluminum gull-wing swingarm and offset, laydown single
rear shock complement the frame design to create an
integrated line flowing from the steering head to the
rear hub.
Short, compact frame and engine design allows the
swingarm to be longer, which helps improve overall
handling. Showa shock has adjustable preload and
rebound damping and uses a free piston and two-stage
damping valves for smooth action during initial
compression that becomes much firmer near the end of the
stroke for a more planted feel.
 Long-Travel Fork
41mm Inverted fork with stiff springs combines the best
of off-road and sportbike-type suspension for excellent
performance over a wide range of conditions. Tapered,
relatively short outer tubes help provide the ideal
stiffness balance to compliment chassis settings.
Fork height, preload and rebound damping can all be
adjusted to fine-tune the suspension to specific
conditions or riding style.
Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
Petal design rotors offer improved cooling and warp
resistance. Same rotor design as found on the Ninja
ZX-6R and ZX-10R supersport machines.
 Six-spoke wheels
Also found on the Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R; the six-spoke
design requires much less material between spokes so that
the rim thickness is thinner and overall wheel weight is
reduced.
Comfortable Cockpit
Each part of the two-piece seat was designed with a
different thickness and firmness of foam to optimize
comfort for both rider and passenger
Passenger seat and grab bars were designed to provide a
natural seating position for added comfort.
Easy-to-read instrument panel has a large analog
tachometer and digital readout for the speedometer, fuel
gauge, odometer, dual trip meters and clock. White LED
backlighting provides increased visibility at night.
 Adjustable Windscreen
Three different settings, each 20mm apart, allows riders
to adjust windscreen height to suit their preferences.
 Specifications:
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, four-valve per
cylinder, Parallel twin
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.6:1
Maximum torque: 44.9 lb/ft @6,800 rpm
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel injection: Digital fuel injection with two 38mm
Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: O-Ring chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 25 degrees / 4.3 in.
Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic
telescopic fork with adjustable rebound and preload /5.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Single offset laydown
shock with Adjustable rebound and spring preload / 5.7 in.
Front tire: 120/70×17
Rear tire: 160/60×17
Front brake: Dual 300mm petal discs with two-piston
caliper
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with single-piston
caliper
Overall length: 83.7 in.
Overall width: 33.1 in.
Overall height: 51.8 in.
Seat height: 33.1 in.
Dry weight: 399 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal.
Color: Passion Red
MSRP: $6,899
Warranty: 12 months

 

Engine
649cc parallel twin-cylinder, DOHC engine is the most
compact in its category. The engine is considerably
smaller than that of the Ninja 500 and helps reduce the
dimension of the entire motorcycle. Tuned to deliver
smooth, responsive power in the low-to mid-rpm range
with exceptional roll-on response ideal for negotiating
city traffic.
Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes it
short front to back, a semi-dry sump oil system reduces
overall engine height, and the narrow pitch of the chrome
composite plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine
width. Muffler with 3-way catalyzer and bullet-tip
opening is mounted below the engine to help lower the
center of gravity and aid weight centralization. 
180-degree crankshaft plus balancer shaft for extremely
smooth engine operation. Oil jets on the connecting rod
big ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to
aid cooling. 
 Liquid Cooling
Fewer external hoses because the coolant is routed
through the engine cases.
 Digital Fuel Injection (DFI)
Utilizes 38mm Keihin throttle bodies with ECU controlled
sub throttle valves for optimum performance and
rideability. The sub throttles, located behind the main
throttle valves, permit the DFI system a more precise
throttle response, similar to a constant velocity
carburetor.
Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up
easy. Digital Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) System
Microprocessor controlled timing never requires adjustment
and is ultra responsive to engine needs
Spark plug mounted "stick" ignition coils are compact and
help reduce weight
 Six-Speed Transmission
Cassette style transmission means the shafts and shift
drum are in a compact layout that is easily removed as
a single unit from the case for easier maintenance.
Trellis Frame
High tensile steel trellis frame is small and light.
Designed using 3-dimensional computer analysis to achieve
the optimum stiffness balance for better handling. 
Narrow at the knees and feet for increased rider comfort
and control
Single shock Rear Suspension.
Aluminum gull-wing swingarm and offset, laydown single
rear shock complement the frame design to create an
integrated line flowing from the steering head to the
rear hub.
Short, compact frame and engine design allows the swingarm
to be longer, which helps improve overall handling.
Showa shock has adjustable preload and rebound damping
and uses a free piston and two-stage damping valves for
smooth action during initial compression that becomes
much firmer near the end of the stroke for a more
planted feel.
 Long-Travel Fork
41mm Inverted fork with stiff springs combines the best
of off-road and sportbike-type suspension for excellent
performance over a wide range of conditions. Tapered,
relatively short outer tubes help provide the ideal
stiffness balance to compliment chassis settings.
Fork height, preload and rebound damping can all be
adjusted to fine-tune the suspension to specific
conditions or riding style.
 Triple Petal Design Brake Discs
Petal design rotors offer improved cooling and warp
resistance Same rotor design as found on the Ninja ZX-6R
and ZX-10R supersport machines.
 Six-spoke wheels
Also found on the Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R; the six-spoke
design requires much less material between spokes so that
the rim thickness is thinner and overall wheel weight is
reduced.
Comfortable Cockpit
Each part of the two-piece seat was designed with a
different thickness and firmness of foam to optimize
comfort for both rider and passenger
Passenger seat and grab bars were designed to provide a
natural seating position for added comfort.
Easy-to-read instrument panel has a large analog
tachometer and digital readout for the speedometer, fuel
gauge, odometer, dual trip meters and clock. White LED
backlighting provides increased visibility at night.
 Adjustable Windscreen
Three different settings, each 20mm apart, allows riders
to adjust windscreen height to suit their preferences.
 Specifications:
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, four-valve per
cylinder, Parallel twin
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.6:1
Maximum torque: 44.9 lb/ft @6,800 rpm
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel injection: Digital fuel injection with two 38mm
Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: O-Ring chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 25 degrees / 4.3 in.
Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic
telescopic fork with adjustable rebound and
preload / 5.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Single offset
laydown shock with Adjustable rebound and spring
preload / 5.7 in.
Front tire: 120/70×17
Rear tire: 160/60×17
Front brake: Dual 300mm petal discs with two-piston
caliper
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal disc with single-piston
caliper
Overall length: 83.7 in.
Overall width: 33.1 in.
Overall height: 51.8 in.
Seat height: 33.1 in.
Dry weight: 399 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal.
Color: Passion Red
MSRP: $6,899
Warranty: 12 months

 
 

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