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To compare the technical specifications and features of Kawasaki Versys 650 and BMW K1200S is a good way to find out which one of these motorcycles will better match your style and requirements. You certainly have your own comfort zones in speeding, handling and sitting position and these should guide you to your choice of motorcycle. It is not unusual to find it hard to find the most suitable motorcycle and comparing the technical specifications and pictures will help to shorten the list of favourite ones to just a few models. The most appropriate method of exploring them is to actually ride each of them or at least sit on them to see how they feel.

Kawasaki-Versys 650   vs   BMW-K1200S
Picture of Kawasaki - Versys 650Picture of Kawasaki - Versys 650
Kawasaki manufacturer BMW
Versys 650 bike name K1200S
Adventure mootorcycle type Sport bike
2015 year since 2004
216.5 / 94.5 / 140 cm overall size L/W/H(cm)218 / 90.5 / 121 cm
649 cc engine displacement (cc)1157 cc
EFI with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies fuel supply method electronic intake pipe injection
10.8:1 compression ratio 13:1
83x60 mm bore and stroke 79x59 mm
170mm (6.7 inches) ground clearance 157mm (6.2 inches)
1.9litres (2 quarts) engine oil capacity3.8litres (4 quarts)
19.0 litres (5 gallons) fuel tank capacity 19.0 litres (5 gallons)
197 km/h (122 mph) top speed285 km/h (177 mph)
64 hppeak horsepower 167 hp
57 nm (42 ft lbs)max torque 130 nm (95.9 ft lbs)
201 kg (443 lbs) dry weight226 kg (498 lbs)
216 kg (476 lbs) curb weight (wet weight) 248 kg (547 lbs)
41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload. 150mm wheel travel front suspension BMW motorrad duolever, central spring strut, 115mm wheel travel
single offset laydown shock with remote adjustable spring preload. The wheel travel is 145mm. rear suspension Die-cast aluminum single sided swingarm with BMW Motorrad paralever
120/70-17 front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
160/60-17 rear tyre size 190/50-ZR17
6-speed with positive neutral finder transmission type 6-speed multiple disc clutch in oil bath
TCBI with electronic advance ignition / starting Electric
dual 300mm petal discs with single-piston caliper and ABS front brakes two discs with 320mm diameter and 4-piston caliper
single 250mm petal disc with one-piston caliper and ABSrear brakes one 265mm disc and 2-piston caliper
Chain drivefinal drive typeShaft drive
Liquid coolingcooling typeLiquid cooling
5.20 l/100km (45.2 mpg)fuel economy (consumption)5.60 l/100km (42 mpg)
technical specifications of Kawasaki Versys 650see data separatelytechnical specifications of BMW K1200S

The bigger engine size of BMW K1200S in comparison to Kawasaki Versys 650 doesn't mean that it is more powerful or better performing bike. The bigger compression ratio of 13:1 belongs to the second bike. This represents the biggest volume of the cylinder when the piston is located at the lowest point of the stroke compared to the minimum volume of the cylinder when the piston is at the highest point of the stroke. The bigger compression ratio means better fuel economy comparing engines with the same displacement because the mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chamber burns more effectively.
The advantage of better fuel economy goes to Kawasaki Versys 650 consuming 5.20 liters per 100 kilometers. On the other hand BMW K1200S is consuming 5.60 liters on every 100 kilometer trip. When measured in mpg the fuel economy shows how many miles can be traveled with a gallon of fuel. Alternatively when measure in l\100km it shows the fuel consumption in litters per 100 kilometer trip.
how to buy motorcycle tiresEach motorcycle should be fitted with the type of tyres that are specified for it. Picking the proper type that matches your individual style of riding is very essential. The code designators located on the side of each tires is something that you should be aware of if you want to find proper tires for your bike. The width of the tire measured in millimeters is shown first. Both motorcycles have the same with of their front tires - 120 mm. The profile of the tire is revealed by the second number. The third number shows the size of the rim - its diameter measured in inches. Looking online for motorcycle tires is a good way to easily find the right size at low price.
The ground clearance (ride height) of BMW K1200S is 157mm and is smaller than the clearance of Kawasaki Versys 650 which is 170mm. The ride height is the other name of the parameter ground clearance which refers to the measure from the tyre base to the underside of the cassis of a motorcycle. To say it shortly, this is the smallest of the measures between the road surface and any mechanical part of the motorcycle.
The top speed of 285km/h makes BMW K1200S the faster of the two motorcycles. The other one (Kawasaki Versys 650) can achieve a maximum speed of 197km/h according to its technical specifications. Sometimes of course motorcycle speed statistics may be contradictory from various sources.Motorcycle with liquid cooling system
Kawasaki Versys 650 is liquid cooled and so is the BMW K1200S. The pretty constant ranges of operating temperature are typical for the liquid cooled engines. Keeping the operating temperature at a very narrow range allows many engine components to be optimised for these temperatures. The liquid (coolant) is forced by the water pump to circulate from the radiator to the engine and back. A fan is turned on if needed by a thermostat to draw more air over the radiator in case the motorcycle slows down. Liquid-cooled engines are usually more forgiving because the hot engine has some surrounding coolant to heat up before causing any damage from overheating.
These two motorcycles are designed with different final drive systems as stated in their technical specifications listed above.
final drive implemented with chain The Kawasaki Versys 650is driven by a chain. One of the most economical way to drive horsepower from the engine to the rear wheel of the motorcycle is achieved with the chain drive and therefore it is still the most used among the three options by bike manufacturers. The down points of the chain drive are the frequent maintenance required as it needs to be regularly cleaned and oiled. Besides it is not as smooth as a shaft or belt drive.The BMW K1200S is driven by shaft.
Compression ratio 10.8:1 means that the volume of gas in the cylinder when the piston is at the bottom of its stroke refers to the volume of gas when the piston is at the top of its stroke as 10.8:1. As mentioned in the information of their technical data the values of the compression ratios are 10.8:1 for Kawasaki Versys 650 and 13:1 for BMW K1200S. To avoid engine knocking when compression ratio is high those motorcycles might be recommended to use premium fuel only. Engines with higher compression ratio are more energy efficient because they are able to extract more mechanical energy from a certain amount of fuel.
The good quality of the engine oil is an important factor in keeping the motorcycle in peak condition. There are different types at different prices on the market - mineral, highperformance, all-purpose part-synthetic and synthetic oil. 3700 miles (6000 km) between oil changes is widely accepted rule. The quality of the synthetic oil allows up to 5000 miles (8000 km) between oil changes. A good practice is to replace the oil filter with each or every second oil change. According to the technical specs the engine oil capacity is 1.9 litres for Kawasaki Versys 650 and 3.8 litres for BMW K1200S. The oil capacity information is only to get an idea of how much oil roughly will be needed on oilchange. The exact amount of oil you pour in is to be judged by the current level shown on the oil level sight window or dipstick.


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