Kawasaki updates the Versys 650 for 2022 model year

The Kawasaki Versys 650 is one of the most popular models that Team Green fielded here in the country. Just take a look at the number of Versys riders from the various Kawasaki big bike groups and you’ll understand what we are saying.

Unfortunately, even with its popularity, Kawasaki remained conservative in terms of updating the Versys 650 to be at par with the more technologically-superior bikes in its class. In this year’s EICMA, Kawasaki has unveiled the updated Versys 650.

New for 2022

While the Versys 650’s engine remained mechanically the same as the outgoing version, the 2022 model year will see a few upgrades to modernize this middleweight touring bike from Kawasaki.

For instance, Kawasaki has now equipped the Versys 650 with traction control. Yes, that’s the KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control System) that has two levels of traction control that can also be turned on or off.

Other electronic riding aid features include, well, err, ABS. Nothing more.

On the more obvious side, the overall styling cues are now closer to its 1000cc sibling, the Versys 1000. Kawasaki also equipped the Versys 650 with LED lights, a 4.3-inch color TFT screen which now has smartphone connectivity, and a manually-adjustable windscreen.

The 2022 Versys 650 comes in two packages: the Versys 650 and the Versys 650 Tourer Plus. In addition to the features mentioned above, the Tourer Plus gets a pair of factory auxiliary lights as standard, heated grips, and panniers.

Kawasaki PH has yet to confirm the arrival of the updated Versys 650 and its SRP.