Kawasaki has had a dual sport on offer for many years. KLR 600, KLR 650, KLE 500, KLV 650 and so on. Now, Kawasaki has introduced a brand new multi purpose motorcycle designed for all sorts of different riding styles and needs, the 2008 Versys.
Versys is a 649cc parallel twin derived from last years ER-6 models and is more of a "Multistrada" than offroad and it looks pretty good.
You will notice a new aluminium banana swingarm (the most striking feature of the new Versys model) which was necessary to obtain a sufficient ground clearance because of the side shock absorber. The front fork is now a USD with long travel, the new windscreen is adjustable, ABS is optional and is available in Passion Red.
Versys stands for Versatile systems.