2012 Kawasaki KLE650 VERSYS




20500 Miles
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Niehaus Cycle Sales
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Q. What is an excellent bike for commuting on the superslab, weekend jaunts over canyon roads or just overall riding fun? A: The Kawasaki Versys®. Introduced to acclaim from both the motorcycling press and the public a few years ago, the Versys was named "Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcyclist magazine and placed on numerous top 10 lists in enthusiast publications. This solidly built multi-purpose tool will have you searching for more reasons to ride and more roads to explore.

Key Features

• Comfortable, versatile motorcycle fits into a variety of riding conditions, from commuting to backroads

• 649cc parallel twin with digital fuel injection (DFI®) provides smooth, responsive power

• Long-travel fork delivers excellent performance over a wide range of situations

• Adjustable single-shock rear suspension offers progressive damping as suspension load increases

• 3-way adjustable windscreen allows customizable wind protection

• Aluminum swingarm and 17-inch cast aluminum wheels reduce unsprung weight for better ride quality

• Under-engine exhaust promotes better weight centralization

• Aggressive styling gives the Versys a distinctive look

649cc DOHC Parallel Twin-Cylinder Engine

• The most compact engine in its category helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle

• Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout keeps it short front to back

• A semi-dry sump oil system reduces overall engine height

• The narrow, chrome composite-plated aluminum cylinders help reduce engine width

• Tuned to deliver smooth, responsive power in the low to mid-rpm range for exceptional roll-on response – ideal for negotiating city traffic, tight backroads and anything in between

• A 180-degree crankshaft and a balancer shaft produce a remarkably smooth engine

• Oil jets on the connecting rod ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to aid cooling

• An under-engine muffler with 3-way catalyzer aids mass centralization for light handling and great looks

Liquid Cooling

• Engine temperatures stay consistent for long engine life and sustained power in tough conditions

• Closer engine tolerances mean more horsepower

• Coolant routed through the engine cases reduces the number of external hoses

Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)

• A pair of 38mm Keihin throttle bodies with ECU-controlled sub-throttle valves mean optimum performance and rideability

• Sub-throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, give the Versys precise throttle response and great feel as well

• An automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy, even on cold days

• Precise fuel injection provides great fuel mileage, and the 3-way catalyzer significantly reduces emissions

Digital Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI) System

• Microprocessor-controlled timing never requires adjustment and is ultra-responsive to the engine’s needs

• Powerful, spark plug-mounted “stick” ignition coils are compact, light and reliable

Six-Speed Transmission

• Versys’ racing-style cassette transmission uses a compact layout that’s easily removable as a single unit from the engine cases for much easier gearbox maintenance

High Tensile Steel Trellis Frame

• The Versys’ exotic-looking trellis frame is small, light and narrow at the knees and pegs for excellent comfort and control

• 3D computer analysis in the design process achieved optimum stiffness balance for superior ride and handling

Single Shock Rear Suspension

• A distinctive aluminum gull-wing swingarm controlled by a lay-down single shock complements the distinctive frame design, with an integrated line flowing from steering head to rear hub

• The short, compact frame and engine design allow the swingarm to be longer, which improves overall handling

• The 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 firmer near the end of the stroke for a more planted feel

Long-Travel Fork

• A 41mm long-travel inverted fork combines the best of dual-sport and sportbike-type suspensions, to deliver excellent performance over a wide range of conditions

• Tapered, relatively short outer tubes help provide the ideal stiffness balance to complement frame stiffness and chassis settings

• Fork height, spring preload and rebound damping can be adjusted to fine-tune the suspension to specific conditions, riding styles and loads

Petal Style Brake Discs

• Dual 300mm petal-style discs with two-piston calipers in front and a single 220mm petal disc with a single-piston caliper in back provide plenty of stopping power

• Same rotor design as found on the Ninja® supersport machines; petal design rotors offer improved cooling and warp resistance

Six-Spoke Wheels

• Like the ones you’ll find on the Ninja ZX™-6R and ZX-10R, these six-spoke wheels use less material between spokes so rim thickness is reduced along with overall wheel weight

• Lighter wheels increase overall performance – suspension, handling, acceleration/deceleration and initial turn-in

Comfortable Ergonomics

• Each section of the two-piece seat was designed with a different thickness and firmness of foam to optimize comfort for both rider and passenger

• The passenger seat and grab bars were designed to provide a natural seating position for added comfort

• An 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

• Passenger grab rails, seat cover material, and a comfortable seating position make the Versys fun for passengers

• Rubber bushings at the rear engine mounts and hollow rubber-covered footpegs result in reduced engine vibration and a more comfortable ride


• The fairing, stacked dual headlight, front fender and mirrors, and a Z1000-style LED tail light give the Versys a bold high-tech look

• The windscreen provides a large still-air pocket for comfort; three-position adjustability makes it adaptable to fit a variety of riders and climates

  • Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder parallel twin
  • Displacement: 649 cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.6:1
  • Cooling System: Liquid
  • Fuel System: Digital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
  • Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
  • Transmission: 6-Speed
  • Final Drive: O-Ring Chain
  • Frame Type: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
  • Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in.
  • Front Tire Size: 120/70-17
  • Rear Tire Size: 160/60-17
  • Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
  • Front Suspension / Wheel Travel: 41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload / 5.9 in.
  • Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel: Single offset laydown shock with 13-position adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload / 5.7 in.
  • Front Brakes: Dual 300 mm petal discs with two-piston caliper
  • Rear Brakes: Single 220 mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gal.
  • Seat Height: 33.3 in.
  • Curb Weight: 454.2 lb.
  • Overall Length: 83.7 in.
  • Overall Width: 33.1 in.
  • Overall Height: 52.4 in.
  • Color Choices: Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Solar Yellow / Ebony
  • Warranty: 12 months
  • Good Times™ Protection Plan: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months



Engine Type
Four-stroke, DOHC, four valves per cylinder parallel twin
649 cc
Bore and Stroke
83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Digital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
TCBI with electronic advance


Front Suspension
41 mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload / 5.9 in.
Rear Suspension
Single offset laydown shock with 13-position adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload / 5.7 in.
Front Brakes
Dual 300 mm petal discs with two-piston caliper
Rear Brakes
Single 220 mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
Front Tire
Rear Tire


55.7 in.
Seat Height
33.3 in.
25 deg.
4.3 in.
Fuel Capacity
5.0 gal.
Dry Weight
Curb Weight: 454.2 lb.


Final Drive
O-Ring Chain


Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Solar Yellow / Ebony
12 months