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Kawasaki’s most affordable sport tourer, the Versys 650 has been launched at Rs 6.6 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The middleweight tourer is the first CKD model to offer ABS in India. Kawasaki also launched its off-road bike, the KLX 110 at Rs 2.65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The Kawasaki Versys 650 The gets a double pipe diamond frame made from high-tensile steel, long travel upside down telescopic forks up front and a single offset laydown shock absorber with remote adjustable spring at the rear. A good 170mm ground clearance makes it a comfortable tourer for Indian conditions, as does the adjustable windscreen and a large 21 litre fuel tank. The 650 gets 17-inch alloy wheels with 120/17 front and 160/60 section rear tyre respectively.
The Versys shares its powertrain with the Ninja 650 and ER-6N. The 649cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin engine develops a maximum of 68bhp and a peak torque of 64Nm. Since it’s a tourer, the six speed gearbox also borrowed from its siblings, gets re-tuned for better low and mid range grunt.
It’s off-roader, the KLX 110 caters to off-road enthusiasts. Powered by a 112cc engine, the KLX 110 comes mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox, gets drum brakes on both ends and knobbies for excellent traction in the dirt. The KLX 110 will not be road-legal in India though so you will need access to a dirt track.