For that weekend getaway on the road. Or for the daily commute to and from work or school. The Kawasaki Versys 650 motorcycle shines with versatility thanks to its long-travel suspension and upright riding position. It is an accessible bike but can the height be reduced?
The Versys 650 appeals to all types of riders: it features sporty 17” wheels and high torque delivery at low and medium revs thanks to its twin-cylinder engine.
It should be noted that the seat height is 840 mm from the ground and will be somewhat high if you are a driver of less than 1.75 meters tall.
Below, we share with you the most relevant specifications of dimensions and weight:
|Kawasaki Versys 650 technical data|
|Ground clearance||170 mm|
|Weight in running order||217 kg|
|Seat height||840 mm|
Reducing the height of the Kawasaki Versys 650, is it possible?
This model has a considerable height and weight that, if you do not establish direct contact with your feet and the asphalt, driving and stop-start maneuvers will become a problem.
Imagine this scenario: you decide to take up motorcycling and choose this versatile vehicle as it can be used for long journeys or for short transfers within the city. But in the first tests you feel that you are not in full contact with the ground with the bike in a static state. Ignoring or paying attention to this detail can be the difference between increasing the risk of an accident and safe driving.
Alternatives to reduce height
There are options to reduce the height of the Kawasaki Versys 650 motorcycle. The first is part of its official accessories portfolio: the Low Gel Seat. It consists of a gel pad for the rider and a gel pad for the passenger that allows a reduction of only 2 centimeters in height. This accessory maintains comfort as the material continues to absorb road vibrations and allows weight distribution of the motorcycle’s occupant(s).
However, this also means a seat 20 mm narrower than standard and its cost is 407 euros, according to Kawasaki Spain’s website.
We have done an online review of Kawasaki height reduction products with mixed results. We find manufacturers that offer solutions to lower the height of models such as the Versys 650 thanks to a rear kit that reduces the wheelbase for more than 150 euros. And, although these manufacturers claim that this add-on does not affect the vehicle’s geometry or dynamics, they have few customer reviews to back it up. With any alteration to the initial factory settings, every motorcycle can be affected to a greater or lesser extent in performance and safety.
The first option represents a considerable extra investment to the base price of the bike and the second could have an impact on the ride.
There is a third alternative for the Kawasaki Versys 650 that is affordable, comfortable and has no riding implications.
Don’t sacrifice price and safety, use Upbikers instead.
You don’t have to reduce the height of your bikeif you can gain a couple of centimeters. With Upbikers you will gain 4 cm on both legs as it is a lifter that is easily placed on your feet.
It is a product completely designed in Spain, with worldwide shipping and is an ideal option for bikers who are not exactly tall but want to have access to all types of motorcycle models.
If you fell in love with the Kawasaki Verys 650 for its versatility, you’ll love the Upbikers as they go with all types of footwear.
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