2006: "Thrashing unpaved roads, nifty touring beast!"
I was researching a little to try to learn what years were what colors, as I have seen some in pictures that were orange, or burnt orange, but never saw one in person. I ran into this that was kind of interesting and had bookmarked it.
KAWASAKI Versys 2006 - 2007
"Starting with 2006, the old faithful KLE 500 is accompanied by a new bike in its class: the Versys.
The name and looks are different, and a ton of changes have also been made on the tech side, but the new bike retains the versatile nature of the previous one.
Equally suitable for street riding and fast turns, the 2006 Kawasaki Versys can also handle the thrashing unpaved roads
put up against it. Accessories can turn this bike into a very nifty touring beast
, with plenty of storage using panniers.
The displacement of the parallel-twin engine went up to 649cc, with power increasing to 64 hp. The Versys received inverted forks and a sturdy chassis offering good handling and touring potential. The rear shock goes to the side for a more sporty look, while the wide handlebar provides easy steering in the city and on the forest roads, alike. "
I wonder, did they start out with black frames and side plastics like in the pics they showed for this article?