In search of a less polarizing appearance, Kawasaki’s stylists lifted a few licks from the popular Ninja line, specifically the Ninja 300, whose headlights peer out from the 650’s new, sharply creased face. With the rework, the fairing gets wider and taller, and mounts a windscreen that’s not only twice as large as the old one but it can be adjusted vertically by 2.4 inches via handy knobs. You can’t quite make changes from the saddle, but quick adjustments are easy when you’re stopped.
A fresh instrument cluster adorns the Versys this year, and it includes two trip meters, a fuel computer, block-style fuel gauge, and a clock that’s always in view. Yes, current Versys owners, the redline is 500-rpm lower.