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Kawasaki Versys 650 (KLE650, 2007-present) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2012-2014 Kawasaki Versys 650 Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Versys 650 from 2007 to present. It was launched in 2007 in Europe, and in 2008 in the US.

The Versys 650 has gone through a few distinct upgrades in its lifelong period, but the engine and fundamental architecture have stayed the same (though a few parts have changed).

  • Gen 1 2007-2009: The original! A well-received bike, just thought of as a little buzzy.
  • Gen 2 2010-2014: Updated fairing (still a stacked headlight), rubber engine mounts and foot-pegs to reduce vibration. Optional ABS and heated grips.
  • Gen 3 2015+: Re-tuned engine for 3 more kW (5 more hp), new look (twin headlights) with adjustable windscreen, updated front Showa suspension and rear KYB shock with remote pre-load adjuster, standard ABS, updated front Nissin brakes and 30mm larger rear disc

The 2015 model also comes as an LT model in the US, with hand guards and huge side luggage that can store a helmet in each case.

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What you need to service the Kawasaki Versys 650

If you’re servicing the Kawasaki Versys 650, you need the following consumables and parts.

Versys 650 owners are pretty dedicated home maintenance types, but if you’re short on basic tools, check out this list of maintenance tools to see what else you might need.

PartKawasaki Versys 650 Spec
OilYou need 1.6-1.8L of SAE 10W-40 engine oil “with API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2 rating”, preferably Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil.

Don’t over-torque the drain bolt (spec is 30 Nm/22 lb-ft per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
Oil filterOil filter is part 16097-0008, or you can use Hiflofiltro HF303RC. Torque for oil filter is 17.5 Nm (12.9 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench, and it’s easier on the K&N one)
Front brake padsGet double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear.
Years 2007-2014: FA229HH, FA231HH (1 each)
Years 2015+: FA142HH (get 2)
Rear brake padsGet double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear —
Years 2017-2014: FA192HH
Year 2015 (only): FA140HH
Years 2016+: FA174HH
Spark plugsNGK CR9EIA-9, with a spark plug gap of 0.8-0.9mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 15 Nm or 11 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)
Air filterUse the K&N drop-in equivalent. Up to 2014 use HF3675, and for 2015+ models get KA-6415.
Cable lubricantRemember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.
Chain lubricantThe chain needs to be lubricated every 600 km/400 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty). Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.
Brake fluidSpec is to use DOT-4 brake fluid.
CoolantUse nitrate-free, phosphate-free, ethylene glycol-based coolant with anti-corrosion inhibitors, e.g. Valvoline Zerex G05
GreaseUse a lithium soap based grease for all the important greasing points.
Consumables for servicing the Kawasaki Versys 650 motorcycle

Maintenance Schedule for Kawasaki Versys 650

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Versys 650. It has been simplified a bit for display and to reduce unnecessary complexity.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the Kawasaki Versys 650 is broken into three sections:

  1. Engine Related Items
  2. Chassis Related Items, and
  3. Change/Replacement Items

Legend for reading maintenance schedule

  • K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer.
  • *: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
  • #: Service more frequently when operating in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping.

Engine maintenance

Operation (Engine Items)Every1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (3750 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (11250 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18750 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)
KAir cleaner element – clean
KValve clearance – inspect
Throttle control system – inspectyear
KEngine vacuum
synchronization – inspect
Idle speed – inspect
KFuel leak (fuel hose and pipe) – inspectyear
KFuel hoses damage – inspectyear
KFuel hoses installation condition – inspectyear
Coolant level – inspect
Coolant leak – inspectyear
Radiator hose damage – inspectyear
Radiator hoses installation condition – inspectyear
Evaporative emission control system – function (California model only)
KAir suction system damage – inspect
Kawasaki Versys 650 Engine Maintenance

Chassis maintenance

Operation (chassis)Every1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (3750 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (11250 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (18750 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)
Clutch operation
(play, engagement,
disengagement) – inspect
Drive chain lubrication condition – inspect # (lubricate with Motul chain paste)600 km (400 mile)
Drive chain slack – inspect #1000 km (600 mile)
Drive chain wear – inspect #
KDrive chain guide wear – inspect
Wheels and tires:
Tire air pressure – inspectyear
Wheels/tires damage – inspect
Tire tread wear, abnormal wear – inspect
KWheel bearings damage – inspectyear
Brake system:
Brake fluid leak – inspectyear
Brake hoses and pipe damage –
inspect
year
Brake pad wear – inspect #
Brake hose installation condition – inspectyear
Brake fluid level – inspect6 months
Brake operation
(effectiveness, play, drag) – inspect
year
Brake light switch operation – inspect
Suspensions:
Front forks/rear shock absorber operation – inspect
Front forks/rear shock absorber oil leak – inspectyear
Steering System:
KSteering play – inspectyear
KSteering stem bearings – lubricate2 years
Electrical System:
Lights and switches operation – inspectyear
Headlight aiming – inspectyear
Side stand switch operation – inspectyear
Engine stop switch operation – inspectyear
Chassis:
KChassis parts – lubricateyear
KBolts and nuts tightness – inspect
Kawasaki Versys 650 Chassis Maintenance

Versys 650 Replacement Parts

Change/Replacement ItemsEvery1000 km (600 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)36000 km (22500 mi)48000 km (30000 mi)
KAir cleaner element – replace # (e)
Up to 2014: HF3675
2015+: KA-6415
2 year
Engine oil – change # (Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil)year
Oil filter – replace (HF303RC)year
KFuel hoses – replace5 years
KCoolant – change (Valvoline Zerex G05)3 years
KRadiator hoses and O-rings – replace3 years
KBrake hoses – replace4 years
KBrake fluid (front and rear) – change (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
KRubber parts of master cylinder and caliper – replace4 years
KSpark plug (e) – replace (NGK CR9EIA-9)
Kawasaki KLR 650 — parts to replace during maintenance

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Versys 650

The Kawasaki Versys 650 has the following tyres, tyre sizes, and pressures:

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)DUNLOP, SPORTMAX RADIAL “D221FAG”
PIRELLI, SCORPION SYNC FRONT
225 kPa/32psi
Rear160/60 ZR17 M/C (69W)DUNLOP SPORTMAX “D221G”
PIRELLI, SCORPION SYNC RADIAL
250 kPa/36psi
Tyres and tyre pressures

General information about the Kawasaki Versys 650

The Kawasaki Versys 650 (code-named KLE650) is a middleweight adventure touring motorcycle, the smaller sibling to the Kawasaki Versys 1000, but with quite a different engine. Both bikes are so named as a portmanteau of the words “versatile” and “system”.

“Wait,” cry the Versys 650 faithful. “We’re not just a smaller Versys 1000!” And no, of course it isn’t… the Versys 650 is based on the Kawasaki Ninja 650’s parallel twin platform and is just quite a different bike. Some people might choose between the two — but they’d be just as likely to choose between a Versys 650 and a V-Strom 650, or a Versys 650 and a Honda VFR800X.

As mentioned above, the Versys 650 is based on the same platform as Kawasaki’s other 650cc twin motorcycles (like the Ninja 650) and differs mainly in riding position, rear subframe, suspension components, and engine tuning. But it’s not just a Ninja in different clothing. Owners and reviewers of the Versys says that it feels like an entirely different motorcycle, and one who doesn’t like the Ninja might end up falling in love with the Versys.

The Versys’ 650 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, parallel-twin engine has been retuned for more bottom-end and mid-range torque compared to the Ninja, but it was always a midrange-focussed engine. Besides, the Kawasaki Versys 650’s compact, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 649cc, parallel-twin engine was the perfect powerplant for this light and nimble do-anything bike right from the start.

The torquey twin delivers a broad powerband, starting low and letting it rev up high, making the Versys a great commuter and relaxed traveling companion. With its big, 5-gallon fuel tank, you can go a long way between fill-ups.

The long-travel high-tech suspension is critical to the Versys’ multi-role mission. A Showa rear shock with two-stage damping firms up progressively as the wheel moves through its stroke, providing an initially plush ride that firms to near sportbike levels as suspension loads escalate. An adjustable, long-travel 41mm tapered-tube inverted fork soaks up bumps big and small, and like the rear end, firms up nicely as the pace increases.

With petal-style disc brakes and dual two-piston calipers in front and a single petal disc with a single-piston caliper in the back, the Versys 650 has plenty of stopping power.

Manual for the Kawasaki Versys 650

Kawasaki Versys 650 Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual (from 2013 model)
User manual screenshot for the Kawasaki Versys 650

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Kawasaki Versys 650, which is available here.

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