How Much Power Does the 2021 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT Make?

Team Green’s middleweight adventure-tourer on the Cycle World dyno.

The 2021 Kawasaki Versys 650 is Team Green’s adventurer-tourer built for versatility. Our test unit, dressed in the up-spec LT trim ($9,299), adds creature comforts like 28-liter-capacity hard bags and hand guards for better wind protection. Powered by the same 659cc parallel-twin engine as seen in Kawasaki’s naked Z650, the Versys packs a modest punch of power in an approachable package.

The 2021 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT’s horsepower and torque figures gathered on the Cycle World dyno.Robert Martin Jr.

As part of the Cycle World testing protocol, we ran the Versys 650 LT on our in-house Dynojet 250i dynamometer prior to our first ride review. The sport-tourer produced a peak 59.60 hp at 8,070 rpm and 41.55 pound-feet of torque at 7,210. A tabletop-like torque curve beginning around 2,000 rpm adds to the Kawasaki’s versatility, as does the superlinear power delivery.

It translates to real-world performance, according to our CW tester Serena McKnight. “Spool up the Versys’ 649cc parallel twin with its 180-degree crank and you’re rewarded with an entertaining growl across the lower to mid rpm, rising to a higher pitch after about 5,000 rpm,” McKnight wrote. “The needle makes an energetic sweep across the analog tachometer, giving the rider visual evidence of the engine’s fast-revving character.”