Kawasaki SA has announced the imminent arrival of the third member of its ER-6 family - the Versys. The name is short for "Versatile System", and as it suggests, this is a dual-purpose, back-roads bike rather than an urban hooligan tool like the ER-6n or a sports-tourer like the ER-6f.
It uses the same 649cc parallel-twin engine as the previous two variants, retuned for this application to deliver lots torque where it's most likely to be needed on a machine of this type - low and mid-range.
It retains the counter-rotating balance shaft to tame the characteristic second-degree vibration that can make 180º twins so wearying to ride but still has a noticeable low-frequency pulse to remind you that you are indeed riding a twin.
Kawasaki claims an unremarkable 47kW at 8000rpm but with a more impressive 61Nm at 6800rpm.
The compact motor allows a wheelbase of only 1415mm and the narrow frame means the bike can have healthy ground clearance without normal-sized riders battling to reach the ground.