Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS MK3

Kawasaki Versys 650 Mk3 Service Manual (2015-21)

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Models covered by this manual: 2015 to 2021

Number of pages: 665 pages

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Kawasaki Versys 650 Mk3 Service Manual

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Kawasaki Versys 650

The Kawasaki Versys 650, also known as the KLE650, is a versatile mid-size motorbike that takes design cues from a wide range of motorcycle styles, including dual-sport, standard, adventure tourers, and sport bikes. Its unique blend of characteristics sets it apart in the motorcycle world. The name “Versys” itself is a fusion of “versatile” and “system.” This remarkable bike made its debut in 2007 in the European and Canadian markets and arrived in the US market as a 2008 model. In 2009, a California emissions-compliant version was introduced, and in 2010, it received several upgrades, including redesigned headlights, fairings, larger mirrors, and enhanced rubber engine mounts.

One notable change in 2015 was the introduction of a new fairing design that replaced the stacked headlamps with a more traditional twin headlight layout commonly found on sportbikes.

Underneath its distinctive exterior, the Versys shares the same chassis as Kawasaki‘s 650cc twins, the Ninja 650R and the ER-6n. These siblings have common electronics, motors, wheels, brakes, and the main frame. However, where the Versys distinguishes itself is in its riding posture, rear subframe, suspension components, and engine tuning.

The Kawasaki Versys 650 boasts a 650cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke parallel-twin engine that has been fine-tuned for improved low- and mid-range torque. This enhancement is achieved through the use of variable camshafts and fuel injection settings, resulting in peak torque occurring at lower engine speeds and improved throttle responsiveness within the 3,000 to 6,000 rpm range. To ensure smoother power delivery, a balancing tube has been added between the exhaust headers. The engine produces 68 hp (51 kW) at 8,500 rpm, slightly edging out the Ninja’s 67 hp (50 kW) at 8,000 rpm, while torque is rated at 47.2 lbft (64.0 Nm) compared to the Ninja’s 48.45 lbft (65.69 Nm). It’s worth noting that these enhancements in low and mid-range performance come with a slight trade-off in peak output.

A similar strategy was employed by Honda with its CBF1000 model, utilizing a 180-degree rotating crankshaft, which results in an irregular firing interval and a unique “throbbing” sound at idle.

When it comes to suspension, the Kawasaki Versys 650 offers more vertical travel and adjustability compared to its 650cc siblings. The front features thicker and stiffer 41 mm inverted telescopic forks with externally adjustable preload and rebound damping. The right fork leg houses a damping cartridge, while both legs are spring-loaded. In the rear, the shock absorber’s rebound damping is adjustable, and preload adjustment can be made via a screw collar on the shock. Models from 2015 onwards even feature an external adjustment. Unlike the Ninja and ER-6’s basic steel swing arm, the Versys employs a non-symmetrical, gull wing, aluminum swing arm directly attached to the rear shock/spring, without linkages.

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If you are looking for the Kawasaki Versys 1000 service manual, you can also find it on this website. Also available are the Kawasaki Versys 650 maintenance schedule and the Kawasaki Versys 650 manual 2008.