The Japanese giant, Kawasaki is all set to launch its most anticipated middleweight adventure Tourer Versys 650 to the Indian crowd. This entry level Tourer will target its audience between Ninja 650 and the Z800 at pricing end. The Green giant has so much expectation from this newcomer and hope to gather huge volume as its elder sibling Versys 1000 has not been able to attract the audience. The Versys will be launched at the Kawasaki dealership in Mumbai with another product of the company. Here we are going to compare this entry level adventure with Triumph Tiger 800 XCx on the below mentioned points.
Design and Style
Kawasaki Versys 650 is based on the Ninja 650 platform. On design forum, Versys 650 is a blend of adventure and sports bike. The motorcycle looks aggressive in design and comfortable while riding. The adventure Tourer is blessed with the styling of elder sibling Versys 1000. The automaker is added high adjustable windshield, adjustable 41 mm Showa forks, offset laydown single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability in its design to make an aggressive adventure motorcycle. The aerodynamic design, adjustable windshield, reach-adjustable handlebars and muscular tank sports to cruise at high speed on the road.
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx is designed to be a true adventure motorcycle. The motorcycle gets least in design, but equipped with loads of functionality to make it a complete adventure bike. The Tourer gets the dual hexagonal head lamp with large visor over it, multi-spoke wheel with discs on both wheel and visible body frame are the major attraction of the bike. Apart from this, Tiger 800 XCx is blessed with extra traveling shock, switchable ABS, traction control, ride by wire technology for impressive touring on the toughest terrain. The cover on the powering components and an excellent ground clearance benefit this adventure bike on to off-road.
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Comfort while Riding
Kawasaki Versys 650 is a combination of adventure and sports bike that enhance the riding performance of the motorcycle. Its extra traveling shock absorber and straight seating posture convenient on to toughest and uneven terrain while its aerodynamic design bisects wind and keeps it stable at top speed. Wider tires and ABS facility prevent the glide of the motorcycle at corners.
Whereas, Tiger 800 XCx is built to keep on adventure persona, as motorcycle is developed around steel tressil frame with 43 mm WP upside down fork and monoshock to ride easily and comfortably on to mountains land. Moreover, it is equipped with switchable ABS, riding modes and traction control to control the wheel movement. The 650W alternator powers the electrical accessories to heated seats, grips and clothing for rider convenience and comfort.
Engine and Power:
Versys 650 houses a 649cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin four-stroke engine. The mill gives the tremendous power of 68 BHP at 8,500 RPM and torque of 64 Nm at 7,000 RPM. The power transfers to the rear wheel by six-speed transmission. These mentioned figures are equally useful onto off-road and on-road for a smooth drive.
Tiger 800 XCx's power propels from a liquid-cooled, in-line three-cylinder, 800cc engine that extracts 95PS power at 9,250 RPM and 79Nm claimed torque at 7,850 RPM to move fast without any oppose onto off-road situations. The engine specifications are supportive to make it a powerful off-road two-wheeler.
Brakes and Suspension:
Kawasaki Versys 650 is furnished with loads of safety units to make it a complete package to the audience. The important work of stopping the adventure 650 is efficiently done by dual semi-floating 300 mm petal disc at the front wheel while a single 250 mm disc at rear wheel along with ABS facility. The shock has been absorbed by the 41 mm inverted telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping (right side) and adjustable preload (left-side) at front and offset lay-down single-shock with remote spring preload adjustability at the rear end of the motorcycle.
At Triumph Tiger 800's end, breaking duties are performed by twin 308 mm discs at the front and a 255 mm single disc at the rear wheel and motorcycle rides on 43 mm WP USD front forks and a WP rear monoshock to absorb the shocks onto the every kind of terrain conditions. It is loaded with an advanced ABS system that offers switchabillity between road, off-road and off to adjust the slip amount permitted to the wheels.
Price and Shades:
The International Tourer Versys 650 is available in three shades, Black, Candy Lime Green and Pearl Stardust White for the adventure Tourer enthusiasts. The price tag gets a competitive figure, which stands between INR Rs.6,60,000 (approx). And may vary. While Triumph off-road motorcycle Tiger 800 XCx comes in four shades- Lucerne Blue, Crystal White, Jet Black, Matt Aluminium silver, at the price of INR 12,70,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).