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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-21-2018, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Connecting Rod Failure

I have (perhaps had) a 2007 Versys 650 and recently encountered a rather severe engine failure. After tearing things down, a broken connecting rod and lots of residual damage became apparent. At the time of the failure, the bike was being ridden very moderately - 110 km/h along a highway. Has anyone else heard of such issues with this engine? I am considering buying another Versys and swapping parts, accessories, etc but don’t want the same issue. Thanks.
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sorry. how many miles on the bike?
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Not pretty is right...........any motor can fail but I have not read anything specific about the Ninja/Versys/Vulcan S motor to indicate that it is a wide spread problem. If you like the bike I'd get another and continue riding.
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The engine from a Versys or Ninja 650 will work.

NEVER heard of a failure like THAT!

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Total miles, history, how long you've owned it, faulty part - all valuable information here.

The engine has proven to be tough and reliable through the Ninja, Versys, flat track racing platforms.

Yours is the first con rod failure I've read of on this forum. My condolences.
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The engine had 22,000 km. I have had it for 3 years. Well maintained, etc. It appears to have been the result of a casting flaw in the connecting rod. I will look for another bike with cosmetic damage or perhaps seek a used engine.
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As to the failure, been on this forum since 08, also on the UK forum. Never heard of a failure like this, some members on here have over 100,000 miles on their motor. There was one head gasket failure;
https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...gasket+failure very knowledgeable member, unfortunately this was before I became a mod, took some of the comments the wrong way and left.
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Any Kawasaki 650 engine should be a bolt in replacement. See EBay.

Not common. Your the first poster with this issue. How many miles?
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I ABUSE the beegeezus out of my '09 650 and have never had an issue, especially like this! I've NEVER even remotely heard of a failure like this in a Versys under any circumstances... I guess somebody's gotta be the first for everything and unfortunately you seem to take that prize home for this horrible failure. I'm glad you're okay, because I could see a powertrain failure induced drive wheel lockup happening running 110kph when that happened. If I were you I'd source out a known good used engine and feel confident that you'll not have this issue ever again.

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i would send a message to Kawasaki that seems like a premature failure

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Sounds like a one in a million flaw. The Kawi 650 is generally considered to be bulletproof.

Be aware when shopping for a used engine, the Ninja 650 has different cams than the Versys 650
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