Kawasaki's most affordable ADV in India gets BS6 treatment and a new colour scheme. However, there are no new features on the updated Versys 650.
In May 2020, India Kawasaki Motor (IKM) launched the updated B6-compliant Versys 1000, and today, it has launched the updated version of its smaller sibling, the BS6 Versys 650. The 2020 BS6 Versys 650 is priced at ₹6.79 lakh (ex-showroom), which is only ₹10,000 more than the BS4 Versys 650's launch price of ₹6.69 lakh.
A relatively small price bump means that the BS6 Versys 650 remains pretty much identical to the outgoing model in terms of features & underpinnings. Visually though, the BS6 Versys 650 looks refreshed, thanks to a new Candy Lime Green/Black colour option. The new colour scheme also gets an updated 'Versys' decal on the side fairing.
The BS6 Versys 650 continues to be powered by a 649cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor, which is mated to a six-speed gearbox. Though the official press release does not reveal the power & torque figures of the BS6 motor, a quick visit to the IKM's website tells you that the BS6 Versys 650 develops 65.7bhp and 61Nm of torque – less power & torque over the outgoing BS4 model's 68bhp & 64Nm.
The BS6 Versys 650 carries over its predecessor's diamond frame, 21-litre fuel tank, 170mm ground clearance, and even the braking and suspension setup. 41mm inverted telescopic front forks (with adjustable rebound damping & preload) and a preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear manage the suspension duties on the BS6 Versys 650, while the braking duties are taken care of by 300mm dual-petal discs at the front (with a dual-piston calliper) and a single 250mm petal disc (with a single-piston calliper) at the back.
Other standard features include a gear indicator and a rider-adjustable windscreen.