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Don't all 2015 V650s have ABS?

Looking at one advertised online and instead of calling it either "ABS" or "LT", the model is listed as "Base". It doesn't have hard cases and has aftermarket barkbusters so I'm certain it's not an LT.
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The MK-2 , it was optional. The 2015, ABS is standard, unless it is a 2014 sold as a 2015. Provide a link. Lots of bikes for sale on this forum, no one here is going after something you found online.
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The 2015 LT's were ABS but the base model could be had either way.....with or without ABS.
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The MK-2 , it was optional. The 2015, ABS is standard, unless it is a 2014 sold as a 2015. Provide a link. Lots of bikes for sale on this forum, no one here is going after something you found online.
I'm certain it's a 2015. I used the VIN number to get an insurance quote and it pulled up as 2015 model. This is a link to the ad:

https://www.freedompowersportsusa.co...ogDh6Wr-O8aWXk
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I'm certain it's a 2015. I used the VIN number to get an insurance quote and it pulled up as 2015 model. This is a link to the ad:

https://www.freedompowersportsusa.co...ogDh6Wr-O8aWXk
I think I just answered my own question. In looking at the pics, the close up of the front fork and brakes shows an "ABS" decal. It's a little blurry so I must have missed it.
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Yes it is ABS, has hand guards, crash bars , not sure how good the light in the hand guards are. At 10,000 miles I would suggest that as part of the deal to get a valve shim done, although depending on the dealer, they may just say it was done and have no measurements , before and after. Many of us have DIY on this forum, complete with photos and tools required. I have absolute trust in my dealer, however he is 60 miles away and I have all the tools and expertise , and in reality, a first class job with before and after measurements recorded, I would expect to pay $450 to $500 USD for a first class job. Having your own tools is a minimum $450 saving or purchasing everything, you stand to save about $300 the first time .
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Thanks! Very helpful.
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When I bought mine, ABS was an option (that I paid extra for), but it probably depends on the market. So non-ABS gen3s do exist, but possibly not in the US.

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When I bought mine, ABS was an option (that I paid extra for), but it probably depends on the market. So non-ABS gen3s do exist, but possibly not in the US.
It depend on the MOT. Thailand has all bikes on ABS if more than 250cc, but in Malaysia that,s not the ruling. Most Versys here are non-ABS. You pay extra for ABS.
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The two 2015 USA-market models were: "ABS" and "LT". Both had ABS standard. Kawasaki could've made it clearer in the naming.

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The close up of the rest wheel shows the rear abs collimator ring. Dead giveaway.

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The close up of the rest wheel shows the rear abs collimator ring. Dead giveaway.

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One must be careful with this assumption. Make sure there is an ABS ring on both wheels. As on my Versys 300X there is an ABS ring on the rear wheel but not on the front wheel. Non ABS bike. The ABS ring on the rear is where Kawasaki takes off the speed sensor signal. Check both wheels for ABS Ring.Don't be fooled.
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One must be careful with this assumption. Make sure there is an ABS ring on both wheels. As on my Versys 300X there is an ABS ring on the rear wheel but not on the front wheel. Non ABS bike. The ABS ring on the rear is where Kawasaki takes off the speed sensor signal. Check both wheels for ABS Ring.Don't be fooled.
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