Saturday, October 18, 2014

Kawasaki Introduces New 2015 Versys 1000 LT, Restyled Versys 650 Models

Kawasaki presents the ultimate street tourer with its comfortable, upright seating position, huge versatility and now a reliable 1,043cc in-line four-cylinder engine

You asked for it, America, and here it is! By popular demand, Kawasaki introduces the 2015 Versys® 1000 LT to the USA. And to increase its appeal, this versatile euro touring motorcycle has received dramatic new styling that increases its functionality.

While the styling and powerplant might be new, the Versys 1000 LT retains the characteristics that make the Versys 650 so popular. It still has the comfortable, upright riding position that allows you to stay on-board all day when touring, as well as long-travel suspension that helps ensure it can soak up the bumps on the road less traveled. Adjustable suspension means it can easily be set to carry a passenger and a full load in its standard-fit KQR™ Hard Saddlebags, or entertain on twisty back roads. And with its 1-liter engine, the 2015 Versys 1000 LT motorcycle is guaranteed to deliver plenty of fun.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2015 KAWASAKI VERSYS 1000 LT:

•Proven 1,043cc, inline, 4-cylinder engine

•Aggressive front fairing styling

•Standard KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags, as well as Hand Guards to protect against the elements

•Large windshield and center stand

•Long-travel suspension with KYB inverted fork and horizontal back-link rear shock with remote preload adjuster

•Comfortable, upright riding position

•Rider technology such as ABS, ECO Economical Riding Indicator, 3-mode KTRC Traction Control, Assist and Slipper Clutch, engine Power Modes

•A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories available

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT packs in all the great features of the immensely popular Versys 650 but with the power, smoothness and performance of a 1,043cc inline four-cylinder engine that is engineered to deliver plenty of torque but utter dependability. It is also crammed with features, such as the three-mode KTRC traction control, selectable engine Power Modes, ECO Economical Riding Indicator, ABS brakes and the Assist and Slipper Clutch. It is this combination of engine, technology, comfort, nimbleness, versatility and reliability that has made the model so popular in Europe and around the world, and now US riders can enjoy its tremendous street bike virtues as well.

Kawasaki has built a motorcycle for people who have an adventurous spirit, who want to get out and explore the great country we live in. So while this versatile and reliable bike can easily cope with the daily grind, even making the commute more entertaining, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is equally adept at traversing interstate highways, taking you and all the gear you need to the remote paved locations we all dream of.

ALL-DAY COMFORT

The 2015 Versys 1000 LT is focused on the ride, and it’s ideally engineered to do so. It starts with the upright seating position that gives you a great view of the road ahead and good leverage on the handlebar when the roads become more challenging.

The rider sits with legs in a relaxed position on low footpegs, rather than the high-mounted pegs on a sportbike. This allows the rider to relax and ride longer without needing to continually stop and stretch like many sportbike riders.

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT seat has been designed to taper at the front, making it easier to reach the ground. In the middle and rear sections, the seat is flat and wide to accommodate the rider and passenger, helping to ensure both are equally relaxed as the miles tick by.

The oversized handlebar is rubber-mounted (as is the engine) to reduce rider fatigue. The handlebar has a tapering damper to absorb vibration and a flat damper to absorb fore and aft movement. The levers are adjustable in five positions to allow easy reach. Hand Guards with aluminum brackets and rugged composite covers come as standard equipment to offer protection from the elements.

The main tachometer face has a black background for high visibility, and there is a trip reset button mounted on the handlebar to help touring riders measure distances, fuel range, etc.

The passenger gets robust grab handles, which form part of the mounting system for the standard KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags. These saddlebags incorporate Kawasaki’s convenient One Key system, allowing multiple bags to be locked with the ignition key. The same system will work with the optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories KQR 47-liter Top Case, which is large enough to store two full-face helmets. And, like the saddlebags, it is color-matched to the Versys bodywork.

ENGINE

The 1043cc in-line four-cylinder engine gives the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT many advantages over its competition, not least of which are reliability, versatility and a huge fun factor. The smooth but powerful Kawasaki engine can provide exhilarating performance, yet will be utterly dependable when transporting the rider, passenger and luggage across state lines.

For 2015, the engine includes 12-hole fuel injectors for finer atomization, resulting in optimized combustion and efficiency. It also gets a sporty exhaust, which is indicated by a brushed aluminum finish to the silencer and a black, die-cast aluminum end cap. The ECU programming allows crisp throttle response, good torque characteristics and a wide powerband to ensure fun at all speeds.

The engine has Kawasaki’s rider-selected Power Modes, allowing the rider to choose full power output when wanting to enjoy the open road, or have the ability to reduce it to 75% with a passenger or if conditions dictate.

Further rider aids include Assist and Slipper Clutch functions that are derived from Kawasaki’s sportbike heritage. Not only does this reduce the effort required on the clutch lever, but it also limits back-torque when downshifting.

The alternator supplies 15.3 amps at 1100rpm, enabling the 2015 Versys 1000 LT to run accessories such as the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories Grip Heaters or a GPS device, even when the engine is idling.

CHASSIS, BRAKES & SUSPENSION

A significant contributor to the ride comfort of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is its long-travel suspension, which soaks up the bumps and is firm enough to entertain you on a canyon ride. In fact, it is the nimble chassis on the Versys 1000 that has made it so popular, able to run rings around its bulkier competition.

A great deal of effort went into helping to ensure the 2015 Versys 1000 LT is stable at all speeds, with long outer tubes on the 43mm inverted fork providing rigidity, while the geometry provides light steering that is nimble and precise. The remote preload adjuster for the horizontal back-link rear suspension is another vital tool for the rider, since it allows simple suspension changes to compensate for the load of a passenger and/or loaded saddlebags.

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT has a robust, twin-spar, aluminum frame to help ensure the motorcycle responds precisely to the rider’s input. The rear subframe was designed specifically to create secure handholds for the passenger while also providing mounting points for the Kawasaki Quick Release Hard Saddlebags. There is also a rear luggage area that will accommodate the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories Top Case. This can be used in combination with the saddlebags and operates on the same One Key system for convenience.

As another indication of the motorcycle’s practicality, Kawasaki fitted a center stand as standard equipment. It gives the rider a stable platform when parked with a full load, as well as allowing easy maintenance.

ABS brakes, 310mm front rotors and four-piston calipers are fitted as standard equipment, enhancing the motorcycle’s all-weather ability and increasing rider confidence in slippery conditions.

Fitted with sporty 17” wheels and Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T30 tires, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is fully equipped for its role as a commuter bike, tourer and back-road entertainment.

ELECTRONICS

There are several electronic assistants derived from Kawasaki’s sportbike programs that are designed to help the rider when certain conditions arise. The Power Mode feature gives the rider the opportunity to reduce the engine output to suit the prevailing conditions. There is also a three-mode Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), which can be adjusted to suit the road surface. The three modes cover a range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.

Finally, there is an ECO Economical Riding Indicator that shows when the motorcycle is being ridden in an economical manner, helping to stretch out the distance between fuel stops.

STYLING

As if to celebrate its arrival in the USA, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT received a dramatic new look. Replacing the stacked headlights of the previous model is a front fairing design that places two narrow headlights horizontally, giving the Versys 1000 a more captivating look.

As well as looking great, the styling brings tremendous function, with a horizontal chin spoiler below the headlights contributing downforce at higher speeds to enhance stability. There is also an air intake between the headlights to feed the four-cylinder engine as speed increases.

Furthermore, Kawasaki designers incorporated channels on either side of the front fairing, between the upper and side sections, improving airflow and reducing its air resistance.

Details like the mirrors have also been designed to reflect the overall styling theme, and the large windshield is easily adjusted, with up to 2.95” (75mm) of tool-less adjustment to reduce buffeting on taller riders.

To reflect its dramatic styling, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT will be available in Candy Burnt Orange / Metallic Spark Black and Flat Ebony / Metallic Spark Black color options.

ACCESSORIES

While it is fitted with KQR 28-liter Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards as standard equipment, the 2015 Versys 1000 LT also has a host of optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories that can be fitted. These include items such as the KQR 47-liter Top Case, as well as an LED Light Bar, Grip Heaters, Helmet Lock, Radiator Guard, Frame and Front Axle Sliders and a Gear Position Indicator, which can be neatly integrated into the instrument cluster. Additionally, there are Saddlebag and Top Case Liners, a Backrest Pad, DC Power Outlet, GPS Mount, Tank and Knee Pads, Windshield, Gel Seat and U-Lock Bracket.

ABOUT KAWASAKI

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, speed, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki's commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of almost 1,200 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 300 of them located at KMC's Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.™”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.




More, from another press release issued by Kawasaki:

2015 KAWASAKI VERSYS® 650 ABS

A multi-talented, middleweight motorcycle that will make your commuting and paved adventures lots of fun!

The Kawasaki Versys® 650 ABS comes into the 2015 model year with a host of updates, including dramatic new styling, more power and torque, improved comfort as well as rubber-mounted engine and handlebar, plus new suspension to maximize your street-riding fun. The 2015 Versys 650 ABS is one of those rare motorcycles that is equally at home commuting on the local freeway or mixing it up on your favorite back road. Whatever your destination, this reliable, versatile, comfortable and nimble motorcycle will eat up the miles and encourage you to take the long way home.

Two versions of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 will be offered– an ABS model, with everything you’ve come to expect from this flexible motorcycle, as well as an LT model. The LT includes all the same high specification but will additionally have KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards to increase its overall versatility.

KEY FEATURES OF THE 2015 KAWASAKI VERSYS 650 ABS:

•NEW Front-end styling with an aggressive and functional design

•NEW Repositioned footpegs and rubber-mounted engine for extended comfort

•NEW Larger windshield with increased adjustability provides better wind protection

•NEW SHOWA front suspension with easy adjustment

•NEW KYB rear shock with remote preload adjuster

•NEW Passenger grips for increased confidence and comfort incorporating KQR™ saddlebag mounting system

•NEW Brake master cylinders and Nissin calipers

•NEW More power and torque from 649cc parallel-twin engine with Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)

•NEW Larger fuel tank for extended range

•NEW Rear subframe allows increased payload capacity

•Extensive selection of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS continues to lead the way in the street adventure segment with its proven reliability, back road ability and awesome performance. And, with the 2015 updates, Kawasaki has ensured it will continue to be the top choice as the go-to bike for riding enthusiasts needing a dependable, versatile machine at an affordable price.

FUN & COMFORT

One of the standout attributes of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS is its upright riding position, which is ideal for commuting, back road runs and even weekend jaunts. Its narrow frame allows the Versys 650 ABS to be nimbler than its bulky competition. And for 2015, the comfort has been enhanced with the relocation of the footpegs. Located 15mm lower and 20mm further forward in comparison to the 2014 model, the footpegs allow the rider to enjoy this versatile motorcycle in greater comfort.

The stepped seat has a tapered front and low profile, assisting riders to reach the ground. The raised passenger area is also very comfortable for extended journeys. Combined with the new footpeg location and increased wind protection, the 2015 Versys 650 ABS is a truly comfortable companion.

The 2015 model also gets a new rear subframe and revised rear suspension that will allow the motorcycle to carry a larger payload. It will also make longer road trips a pleasure, thanks to a compliant ride and impressive suspension action that allows you to make the most of any road.

As an added bonus, the new subframe was designed to integrate the optional KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) Hard Saddlebags (these come standard on the 2015 Versys 650 LT model). The two bags, when combined with the purchase of the additional KQR 47-liter Top Case, will provide up to 103 liters of extra storage space. The One Key system allows a single key to be used for the motorcycle ignition and the saddlebags. So you can gear-up for longer journeys, wherever your paved road adventure may lead.

A revised upper triple-clamp has also been added for 2015. It has a rubber-mounted handlebar, which helps to reduce vibration for the rider. The rubber collars tame vibration while new rubber pads control movement fore and aft.

STYLING

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS has all-new, dynamic styling that is sure to catch your eye. To sculpt the aggressive new appearance, the designers took inspiration from Kawasaki motorcycle heritage with the creation of a new front fairing, where we now find a design that is equally good-looking as it is functional. Rather than the previous stacked headlights, it has two horizontal headlights incorporated into the upper cowling. The new look exudes Kawasaki’s sportbike DNA in a uniquely Versys-specific package.

Design elements include a chin spoiler under the headlights, as well as air passages on the side of the cowling. The spoiler provides downforce at higher speeds, while the passages direct air around the rider and passenger.

The new cowling also incorporates a larger windshield. It is almost twice as large as last year’s model, giving increased wind protection and reduces buffeting on the rider. It can be adjusted in height by up to 2.4” (60mm) without needing any tools, and thereby suit a wide range of riders.

The passenger handholds and tail section have been updated. The LED tail light incorporates an all-new design that reinforces the sporty image.

To add to its stunning new looks, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS is available in either Candy Lime Green or Pearl Stardust White to emphasize the sharp new lines.

POWERTRAIN

The dependable fuel-injected 649cc, parallel twin engine remains the best choice for this light and nimble street motorcycle with its lively performance and smooth acceleration. Derived from the Ninja® 650 motorcycle but tuned for greater torque, the engine inspires confidence for daily commuters and provides fun on weekend trips. The torquey twin delivers a deep ribbon of power in the low- and mid-range of the powerband, while also pulling vigorously to the top of the rev range.

For 2015, the engine receives a new one-piece exhaust that boosts high-RPM power, which is matched by ECU changes that have also optimized fuel economy. When combined with a larger 5.5-gallon fuel tank, the fun-to-ride 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS can now enjoy extended periods between fill-ups.

Adding to the versatility of the motorcycle is its proven six-speed transmission that seamlessly shifts between the gears, making maneuvering even easier.

CHASSIS & CONTROLS

Long-travel, high-tech suspension coupled with the revised riding position is critical to the multi-role mission of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS. Combine these enhancements with the updated frame and you have one of the most versatile bikes in Kawasaki’s line-up.

In the front, the all-new, adjustable Showa fork is utilized to increase rider confidence and comfort in all situations. It splits the damping and spring functions into separate fork tubes, giving the rider adjustability while also saving weight.

New longer outer fork tubes help to improve rigidity and provide the ultimate combination of light handling and supreme comfort.

At the rear, a new KYB shock allows riders to quickly make preload adjustments via the new remote-mounted adjuster. This can compensate for cargo or passenger weight or be tuned to the rider’s preference.

The crisp, linear ABS brake system is revised and included as standard equipment for 2015. The brakes incorporate several updates including new Nissin block-style calipers, new brake pad material, new master cylinders and a larger rear disc to help enhance overall braking power.

Completing the upgrade is a new, easy-to-read instrument cluster that features a revised fuel gauge, maximum range indicator and ECO Economical Riding Indicator that shows the rider when maximum efficiency is being achieved.

With all these revisions, a great motorcycle is now epic. The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS is a highly versatile motorcycle that is equally at home on the commuter run, cruising the freeway or on your favorite back road. It’s all about having fun, enjoying life and experiencing as many fun roads as you can. This is what the dependable, comfortable, reliable and fun-to-ride 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS allows you to do with ease.

LT MODEL

The 2015 Versys 650 will be available in two models. There is the fully equipped ABS model, and then the new LT model, which has the same specification and will be supplied with standard KQR (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards. This equipment will add even greater flexibility to an already accomplished motorcycle. The saddlebags, for example, will be invaluable for both daily commuting and to make it more practical for weekend escapes. Furthermore, the Kawasaki Quick Release system makes it very easy for the rider to remove and mount the bags in a matter of seconds.

The Hand Guards will further add to its appeal, bring welcome protection from the elements, increasing the long-distance comfort of the Kawasaki Versys 650 motorcycle.

ACCESSORIES

The Kawasaki Genuine Accessories program is available at authorized Kawasaki dealers. The range of options includes KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags with the Kawasaki One Key system, as well as a new KQR 47-liter Top Case (with the same One Key system), which can accommodate two full-face helmets and can be used alone or with saddlebags. There is also an optional LED Light Bar, a 12v DC Outlet to power electronics, Grip Heaters, a low Gel Seat, Tank Bag, Knee Pads, Frame Sliders, Windshield and a Gear Position Indicator, to name some of the items offered as Kawasaki Genuine Accessories.

ABOUT KAWASAKI

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, speed, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki's commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of almost 1,200 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 300 of them located at KMC's Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.™”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.




More, from another press release issued by Kawasaki:

2015 KAWASAKI VERSYS® 650 LT

A multi-talented, middleweight motorcycle that will make your commuting and paved adventures lots of fun!

The Kawasaki Versys® 650 LT comes into the 2015 model year with a host of updates, including dramatic new styling, more power and torque, improved comfort as well as rubber-mounted engine and handlebar, plus new suspension to maximize your street-riding fun. The 2015 Versys 650 LT is one of those rare motorcycles that is equally at home commuting on the local freeway or mixing it up on your favorite back road. Whatever your destination, this reliable, versatile, comfortable and nimble motorcycle will eat up the miles and encourage you to take the long way home.

Two versions of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 will be offered– a Standard ABS model, with everything you’ve come to expect from this flexible motorcycle, as well as an LT model. The LT includes all the same high specification but will additionally have KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards to increase its overall versatility.

KEY FEATURES OF THE 2015 KAWASAKI VERSYS 650 LT:

•NEW Front-end styling with an aggressive and functional design

•NEW Repositioned footpegs and rubber-mounted engine for extended comfort

•NEW Larger windshield with increased adjustability provides better wind protection

•NEW SHOWA front suspension with easy adjustment

•NEW KYB rear shock with remote preload adjuster

•NEW Passenger grips for increased confidence and comfort incorporating KQR™ saddlebag mounting system

•NEW Brake master cylinders and Nissin calipers

•NEW More power and torque from 649cc parallel-twin engine with Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)

•NEW Larger fuel tank for extended range

•NEW Rear subframe allows increased payload capacity

•NEW KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) Hard Saddlebags and Hand Protectors (standard equipment on the LT model)

•Extensive selection of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT continues to lead the way in the street adventure segment with its proven reliability, back road ability and awesome performance. And, with the 2015 updates, Kawasaki has ensured it will continue to be the top choice as the go-to bike for riding enthusiasts needing a dependable, versatile machine at an affordable price.

FUN & COMFORT

One of the standout attributes of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT is its upright riding position, which is ideal for commuting, back road runs and even weekend jaunts. Its narrow frame allows the Versys 650 LT to be nimbler than its bulky competition. And for 2015, the comfort has been enhanced with the relocation of the footpegs. Located 15mm lower and 20mm further forward in comparison to the 2014 model, the footpegs allow the rider to enjoy this versatile motorcycle in greater comfort.

The stepped seat has a tapered front and low profile, assisting riders to reach the ground. The raised passenger area is also very comfortable for extended journeys. Combined with the new footpeg location and increased wind protection, the 2015 Versys 650 LT is a truly comfortable companion.

The 2015 model also gets a new rear subframe and revised rear suspension that will allow the motorcycle to carry a larger payload. It will also make longer road trips a pleasure, thanks to a compliant ride and impressive suspension action that allows you to make the most of any road.

As an added bonus, the new subframe was designed to integrate the KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) Hard Saddlebags. The two bags, when combined with the purchase of the additional KQR 47-liter Top Case, will provide up to 103 liters of extra storage space. The One Key system allows a single key to be used for the motorcycle ignition and the saddlebags. So you can gear-up for longer journeys, wherever your paved road adventure may lead.

A revised upper triple-clamp has also been added for 2015. It has a rubber-mounted handlebar, which helps to reduce vibration for the rider. The rubber collars tame vibration while new rubber pads control movement fore and aft.

STYLING

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT has all-new, dynamic styling that is sure to catch your eye. To sculpt the aggressive new appearance, the designers took inspiration from Kawasaki motorcycle heritage with the creation of a new front fairing, where we now find a design that is equally good-looking as it is functional. Rather than the previous stacked headlights, it has two horizontal headlights incorporated into the upper cowling. The new look exudes Kawasaki’s sportbike DNA in a uniquely Versys-specific package.

Design elements include a chin spoiler under the headlights, as well as air passages on the side of the cowling. The spoiler provides downforce at higher speeds, while the passages direct air around the rider and passenger.

The new cowling also incorporates a larger windshield. It is almost twice as large as last year’s model, giving increased wind protection and reduces buffeting on the rider. It can be adjusted in height by up to 2.4” (60mm) without needing any tools, and thereby suit a wide range of riders.

The passenger handholds and tail section have been updated. The LED tail light incorporates an all-new design that reinforces the sporty image.

To add to its stunning new looks, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT is available in either Candy Lime Green or Pearl Stardust White to emphasize the sharp new lines.

POWERTRAIN

The dependable fuel-injected 649cc, parallel twin engine remains the best choice for this light and nimble street motorcycle with its lively performance and smooth acceleration. Derived from the Ninja® 650 motorcycle but tuned for greater torque, the engine inspires confidence for daily commuters and provides fun on weekend trips. The torquey twin delivers a deep ribbon of power in the low- and mid-range of the powerband, while also pulling vigorously to the top of the rev range.

For 2015, the engine receives a new one-piece exhaust that boosts high-RPM power, which is matched by ECU changes that have also optimized fuel economy. When combined with a larger 5.5-gallon fuel tank, the fun-to-ride 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT can now enjoy extended periods between fill-ups.

Adding to the versatility of the motorcycle is its proven six-speed transmission that seamlessly shifts between the gears, making maneuvering even easier.

CHASSIS & CONTROLS

Long-travel, high-tech suspension coupled with the revised riding position is critical to the multi-role mission of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. Combine these enhancements with the updated frame and you have one of the most versatile bikes in Kawasaki’s line-up.

In the front, the all-new, adjustable Showa fork is utilized to increase rider confidence and comfort in all situations. It splits the damping and spring functions into separate fork tubes, giving the rider adjustability while also saving weight.

New longer outer fork tubes help to improve rigidity and provide the ultimate combination of light handling and supreme comfort.

At the rear, a new KYB shock allows riders to quickly make preload adjustments via the new remote-mounted adjuster. This can compensate for cargo or passenger weight or be tuned to the rider’s preference.

The crisp, linear ABS brake system is revised and included as standard equipment for 2015. The brakes incorporate several updates including new Nissin block-style calipers, new brake pad material, new master cylinders and a larger rear disc to help enhance overall braking power.

Completing the upgrade is a new, easy-to-read instrument cluster that features a revised fuel gauge, maximum range indicator and ECO Economical Riding Indicator that shows the rider when maximum efficiency is being achieved.

With all these revisions, a great motorcycle is now epic. The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT is a highly versatile motorcycle that is equally at home on the commuter run, cruising the freeway or on your favorite back road. It’s all about having fun, enjoying life and experiencing as many fun roads as you can. This is what the dependable, comfortable, reliable and fun-to-ride 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT allows you to do with ease.

LT MODEL

The 2015 Versys 650 will be available in two models. There is the fully equipped Standard model, and then the new LT model, which has the same specification and will be supplied with standard KQR (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards. This equipment will add even greater flexibility to an already accomplished motorcycle. The saddlebags, for example, will be invaluable for both daily commuting and to make it more practical for weekend escapes. Furthermore, the Kawasaki Quick Release system makes it very easy for the rider to remove and mount the bags in a matter of seconds.

The Hand Guards will further add to its appeal, bring welcome protection from the elements, increasing the long-distance comfort of the Kawasaki Versys 650 motorcycle.

ACCESSORIES

The Kawasaki Genuine Accessories program is available at authorized Kawasaki dealers. The range of options includes KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags with the Kawasaki One Key system, as well as a new KQR 47-liter Top Case (with the same One Key system), which can accommodate two full-face helmets and can be used alone or with saddlebags. There is also an optional LED Light Bar, a 12v DC Outlet to power electronics, Grip Heaters, a low Gel Seat, Tank Bag, Knee Pads, Frame Sliders, Windshield and a Gear Position Indicator, to name some of the items offered as Kawasaki Genuine Accessories.

ABOUT KAWASAKI

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, speed, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki's commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of almost 1,200 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 300 of them located at KMC's Irvine, California headquarters.

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