2016 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT — Owner's Manual
Braking: Close the throttle completely, leaving the clutch engaged (except when shifting gears) so that the engine will help slow down the motorcycle. Shift down one gear at a time so that you are in 1st gear when you come to a complete stop. When stopping, always apply both brakes at the same time. Normally the front brake should be applied a little more than the rear.
Shift down or fully disengage the clutch as necessary to keep the engine from stalling. Never lock the brakes, or it will cause the tires to skid. When turning a corner, it is better not to brake at all. Reduce your speed before you get into the corner.
For emergency braking, disregard downshifting, and concentrate on applying the brakes as hard as possible without skidding. Even in motorcycles equipped with ABS, braking during cornering may cause wheel slip. When turning a corner, it is better to limit braking to the light application of both brakes or not to brake at all. Reduce your speed before you get into the corner.
ABS is designed to help prevent the wheels from locking up when the brakes are applied hard while running straight. The ABS automatically regulates brake force. Intermittently gaining gripping force and braking force helps prevent wheel lock-up and allows stable steering control while stopping. Brake control function is identical to that of a conventional motorcycle.
The brake lever is used for the front brake and the brake pedal for the rear brake.