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2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 review | £6749 | 69bhp@8500rpm | 47lb-ft@7000rpm | 649cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin four-stroke
Tested by: John Milbank

Designed to be more sporty, whilst offering even greater touring potential, 2015’s Versys 650 loses the ‘functional’ styling with a healthy injection of Kawasaki DNA. “All roads. One bike” is the new machine’s tagline, yet the Japanese company is keen to distance itself from the cluttered ‘Adventure Touring’ market.

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Three versions of the Versys 650 will be available – the standard model at £6749, the Tourer at £7299 with panniers, liner bags and hand-guards, and the Grand Tourer at £7999 with panniers and top-box (plus liner bags), as well as hand-guards, bright LED driving lights, gear position indicator and a 12V power outlet. The launch bikes were Tourers, fitted with optional heated grips, driving lamps and GPS bracket.