2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Review

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2012 Kawasaki Versys

— 2012 Kawasaki 1000

2012 Kawasaki 1000 Review

Roads travelled

Indulge your for discovery and make the journey as as the destination. The new Versys 1000 contemporary cutting-edge style Kawasaki-s unique engineering Enjoy the roads less and realise your distance on the adaptable multi-purpose Versys

Versys 1000 extends any-street promise

The Versys bigger brother for 2012. the demand from riders for a dynamic machine in this Kawasaki now takes another step in the multi-purpose market the new Versys 1000.

Created as the big brother of Kawasaki-s mid-size street surfer, the new Versys is designed to enable the greatest enjoyment in the widest variety of riding situations. Whether solo or two-up, around the or around the globe, its unique of a highly responsive In-Line engine tuned for flexibility, and a chassis fitted with suspension will answer the needs of many existing customers and look set to draw to the brand for the very first With the Versys 1000, extends its any-street promise to the class.


Created as the big brother of Kawasaki-s mid-size street surfer, the new Versys is designed to enable

the greatest enjoyment in the widest variety of riding situations. Whether solo or two-up, around the or around the globe, its unique of a highly responsive In-Line engine tuned for flexibility, and a chassis fitted with suspension will have grinning in their helmets. the Versys 1000, Kawasaki its anystreet promise to the litre-bike


designing the Versys 1000, balance and suspension settings all selected to maximise rider on the street. With its superb and feedback, the Versys 1000 a high level of rider in numerous street riding and accommodates a variety of riding

And because real world occurs on streets that are less than circuit — road imperfections potholes) are far from rare, and streets are not even paved etc) — Kawasaki chose long-travel suspension to riders to carve corners aplomb. While not designed for use, the long-travel suspension-s to cope with less-than-perfect conditions allows the Versys to remain composed where with stiffer, sportier would need to back off the

The almost zen-like serenity is by a relaxed, upright riding that offers a high of machine control as well as a vantage ahead. A nimble chassis and sporty 17- wheels aggressive sport riding the mood suits.

Next-generation KYB 43 mm Fork

* Fixing the cylinder the fork inner tube a larger cylinder diameter to be 25 mm (compared to 20 mm on a conventional fork). The piston size contributes to a composed suspension action.

* the cylinder itself does not to be as rigid (fixing the head of the provides greater rigidity), its could be made thinner mm vs t2.0 mm), resulting in a fork (205 g lighter per

* The fork-s rebound (upper) and (lower) dampers both use damping-force assistance (sub) in addition to standard check valves. These valves the check valves ensure when the fork direction (from compression to rebound, or versa), oil flow in the reverse is also controlled. (Standard features uni-directional check controlling either rebound or damping. However, when oil reverses direction, oil can flow the valve unchecked during the it takes for the check valve to completely, resulting in a temporary in damping force.) The reverse assistance valves help to this effect, enabling consistent damping performance, translates to smoother fork

* Long travel of 150 mm contributes to the excellent bump absorption and holding performance.

* The fork is for rebound damping (right-side and preload.

* Fork outer vary depending on the model they are gold on the GRY model, on the WHT.

* Setting the caster at 27 contributes to a good balance of stability and a neutral handling that facilitates sporty riding.

Horizontal Back-link Suspension

Rear suspension the shock unit and linkage the swingarm.

* This arrangement up space that would be up by the lower linkage of a conventional suspension. This enables a pre-chamber, which in turn the use of a shorter muffler, contributing to centralisation.

* The suspension is located far from the exhaust that is not affected by heat.

* The long-travel suspension has a … of 150 mm.

* The high-spec unit features a free that separates gas and oil for high-level, performance.

* A remote preload means changes to suit riding or luggage can be made and easily by hand. The rear is also adjustable for rebound

Relaxed, Upright Riding

* Wide, rigid-mount handlebar easy control, especially for manoeuvring. Positioned to offer a grip, it allows the rider-s to be slightly bent when in a relaxed, upright stance.

* The slim design and the knee characteristics of the tank afford freedom of movement, allowing the to change sitting position they so choose. Thick increases comfort and contributes to a height that places the in a position of fun controllability. The stepped of the seat also provides for the rider when accelerating.

* are positioned lower and further (compared to the Z1000), contributing to a riding position.

* Together, all points result in a very relaxed position designed to the rider a high level of control. The upright riding accommodates a variety of riding (lean-in, lean-with, lean-out), the spectrum of riding enjoyment and offers a high level of a great benefit for touring. combination of comfort and control is one of the that make the Versys so much fun to ride.

* When with the long-… suspension, the riding position and higher height offer a commanding of the road ahead — advantageous when navigating traffic or winding roads in the

Aluminium Twin-tube Frame

* twin-tube frame design frame beams that go engine, allowing a narrow that is easy to grip the knees.

* Lightweight and highly the frame uses the engine as a member. The frame contributes to offering a firm, planted good stability and light, turning.

* The frame is a 5-piece aluminium construction, consisting of stem, left and right frames, and two cross pieces. The two frame components have C-shaped cross sections and …-cast to ensure a smooth finish.

Aluminium Twin-tube

* Reinforcing pipes join the hangers, offering increased rigidity to suit the long-suspension configuration.

* As much as possible welds eliminated, contributing to appearance.

* The uses 4 engine mounts. All mounts are rigid except the rear crankcase mount, is rubber. This, and using the as a stressed member, is what the frame its excellent handling

* Feeling from the engine is transmitted more directly to the

* Rear frame is a steel trellis unit that the Versys 1000-s high

Sporty 17- Wheels Multi-purpose

* Lightweight 6-spoke wheels 17- — ideal for sporty riding.

* Wheel colour with model colour: on GRY the wheels are magnesium coloured, on WHT they are black.

* Pirelli Trail tires are matched to the offering excellent stability at speeds and good grip on a of street surface conditions.

Petal Disc Brakes Latest-spec ABS

* 300 mm front petal gripped by opposed 4-piston offer strong stopping with good brake and feel.

* At the rear a 250 mm petal is slowed by a single-piston caliper.

* ABS is a feature on all Versys 1000

* The ABS unit is the same ultra-compact BOSCH unit used on the Ninja ZX-10R — the smallest and lightest ABS unit. The unit enables high-precision ABS

* Like on the Ninja ZX-10R, brake hydraulic pressure is to help control rear lift.

* True to the Versys envisioned riding environment, ABS are designed to facilitate controlled in a variety of street riding


To the Versys 1000-s fun factor, wanted to provide the most engine possible. The engine to deliver more than performance figures. The engine chose was a 1,043cc In-line tuned for flexibility.

Superb response, strong torque at all rpm in the low-mid range), and a seductive howl ensure that twist of the throttle delivers a and aural sensation that may easily find addictive.


* Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 1,043 cc In-line Four a bore and … of 77.0 x mm offers strong low-mid torque with smooth delivery. Compared to the Z1000, the delivers a stronger low-mid with a slightly reduced power. Both peak and torque occur at lower rpm on the Z1000.

* A number of key differences the Z1000 engine help the lower-focused engine performance: ratio is 10.3:1 (down 11.8:1) care of a new combustion IN/EX cam profiles have duration and reduced lift. and springs are also unique to the 1000.)

* Downdraft throttle allow intake air to travel to the in the shortest possible distance, to performance. While downdraft bodies often use short funnels to maximise high-rpm the Versys 1000-s are longer to the best power characteristics for riding excitement.

* Throttle is ø38 mm, chosen for low-mid response.

* Oval sub-throttles are to deliver extremely smooth The oval sub-throttles also keep the engine slim important since the throttle are positioned between the rider-s

* An intoxicating intake howl to the engine feel and tempts to twist the throttle just to the aural sensation when

* Good over-rev characteristics that power does not off suddenly at high rpm.

* delivery is quite linear thanks to FI settings, response is quick and silky smooth. characteristics facilitate control for low-rpm manoeuvres or when the throttle back on) and contribute to riding potential.

* Flexible engine character the Versys 1000 will be as happy cruising along at as it is being ridden more in the mid-high rpm range.

* A secondary driven off a gear on the 6th web of the crankshaft, excess vibration. Of course, a amount of engine vibration was as part of the bike-s character contributes to the feeling of acceleration, linearly with rpm), so was not totally eliminated.


* Large, oval-shaped connector join exhaust headers 1-4 and contributing to better performance at all (The reduced exhaust results in an ideal exhaust

* Under-engine pre-chamber contributes to a centralised mass by enabling a silencer.

* Single side offers lower weight twin mufflers.


* ratios were chosen to a wide range of riding including sport riding, cruising, and riding fully with passenger and luggage.

* to the Z1000, 1st and 2nd gears feel (the shorter gearing moving off from a stop fully loaded), while gears are longer (ratios to enable sport riding as as relaxed highway cruising).


In to the riding excitement offered by the chassis and exhilarating engine, the 1000 offers the comfort and capacity to allow riders to long and far. A highly seat and good wind complement the relaxed riding making it easy to spend a time in the saddle. Passenger is also superb, so riders can share the fun. A high and accessory luggage let riders get for more than a day at a time.

And a fuel tank and great economy allow a greater between fill-ups.

Rider Comfort

* Thickly padded (about double the cushioning of the seat) provides the comfort to 1000+ kms in the saddle.

* The rear has even deeper cushioning, and is Kawasaki-s most comfortable perch.

* Seat leather was carefully selected and a great of effort was spent to ensure a fit. The front seat different material than the and rear. A two-tone design is on WHT models.

* Spacious riding is complemented by footpegs with rubber coatings. Footpeg are also rubber mounted to dampen vibrations.

* Ergonomic bars provide comfortable grips.

* Lightweight clutch reduce lever effort, to reduced rider fatigue.


* Adjustable windscreen has a range of approximately 30 mm. Height can be without tools (using two on the front of the screen) to suit preference.

* Functional bodywork was to offer increased wind Complementing the windscreen, voluminous cowling sides and flared fairings help protect the legs, further contributing to comfort.

High Payload Capacity

* Robust steel rear frame enables the payload of 220 kg — plenty for a passenger and luggage.

* A lightweight rear carrier (6 kg maximum is fitted as standard equipment.

* top-case (and mount) can be The top case is rated for 3 kg.

* In addition to the specially designed large-volume panniers are available as accessories. pannier can hold a full-face and is rated for 5 kg. Top-case and panniers can be simultaneously.

* Taillight and rear signals are positioned for good even when using the and panniers.

* Large under-seat storage has room for compact rain or other small items. kit is affixed to the bottom of the seat.


* High capacity develops enough electricity to a 45 W accessory DC socket. The DC socket can be to power small electronic

Large-volume Fuel Tank

* 21 L tank contributes to the Versys touring potential. With and transmission settings, range on one tank could be 400 km.

* New-design gauge inside the fuel enables a very precise of remaining range. By displaying an reading, slopes do not affect the

High Fuel Efficiency

* ECU programming contributes to the Versys high fuel efficiency. adjustment of fuel volume and timing when speed is improves fuel consumption compromising driveability.


The Versys is equipped with a number of designed to offer additional reassurance. KTRC (the traction control system on our supersport flagship, the 2012 ZX-14R) and power mode can be set to suit rider preference and

3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki Control)

Featuring the same offered on the 2012 Ninja flagship, the Versys 1000 system combines the best of Kawasaki-s two traction control S-KTRC and KTRC. Three cover a wide range of conditions, offering either sport riding performance or the of mind to negotiate slippery with confidence.

* Riders can from three modes. 1 and 2 prioritise maximum forward (like the S-KTRC system on the Ninja ZX-10R). Mode 3 is to the KTRC system offered on the 1400GTR ABS (Concours 14 ABS), rider reassurance by facilitating riding on slippery surfaces.

may also elect to turn the off.

* Compared to the three offered by the Ninja ZX-10R-s (which was designed to allow to enjoy experimenting with combinations of settings as they their bike for particular on the circuit), the effects of Modes 1, 2 and 3 are easier to distinguish and cover a wider range of riding

* In Modes 1 and 2, highly sophisticated allows a degree of slip a certain amount of slip is to maximise acceleration. The ideal ratio varies according to The system looks at a number of to get an accurate real-time picture of is going on: front and rear speed (slippage) and various machine and rider input are monitored.

* Using complex the system is able to predict traction conditions are about to unfavourable. By acting before exceeds the range for optimal drops in power can be minimised, in ultra-smooth operation.

* Conditions are every 5 milliseconds, and control via timing allows extremely reaction.

In Mode 3 (the intrusive) the same logic and as in Modes 1 and 2 is employed during operation. However, when rear wheel spin is Mode 3 switches to three-way — governing ignition fuel delivery and airflow the sub-throttles) — and engine is reduced to a level that the rear wheel to regain It is the control of the sub-throttles that smooth operation. This control results in a very feeling: engagement is smooth, transition is smooth, and stability is during extended operation. the KTRC offered on the 1400GTR delayed intervention to let riders the rear wheel was spinning, in Mode 3 is essentially delay-free.)

* In Mode 3, KTRC effectively riders to negotiate both slippery patches (such as tracks or manhole covers) and stretches of bad road (e.g. wet cobblestone, gravel, etc) worry. Wheel spin is limited when starting on a surface.

* The system is also to distinguish between torque which are smooth, and sudden which can be dangerous. In Modes 1 and 2, wheelies are allowed as long as acceleration is maintained. Sudden trigger system intervention.

In 3, all wheelies are prevented.

* The system minimal hardware but complex Apart from the engine the system relies on only and rear wheel speed — which means additional weight (none, in the of ABS models, which already wheel speed sensors).

* By KTRC is always ON when the is started. (The mode be the same as when the engine was off, or in Mode 1 if the system had turned off.) Riders consciously turn the system off the on/off button on the left

Power Mode Selection

A of Full Power or Low Power allows riders to set power to suit preference and conditions. Low mode limits output to 75% of Full Power and uses a throttle response. (Reduction of power and throttle response according to engine speed throttle position and gear

* Combining the various KTRC and Mode options, riders eight combinations from to choose. For example, an experienced on dry pavement might choose Power and KTRC Mode 1 for riding. On a wet and/or slippery surface, Low Power and KTRC 3 might be selected.

Each can be set independently to best suit skill/preference, riding location and conditions.


* Tough-design instrumentation includes an analogue-style and LCD with speedometer, fuel odometer, clock, dual meters, current and average consumption, remaining range, and air temperature.

* KTRC (3 modes + Power Mode (2 modes) and the LCD modes are all controlled using the button located at the left

* The Economical Riding Indicator on the LCD screen to indicate favourable consumption. Paying attention to that result in the mark can assist riders to maximise fuel efficiency. This feature is active all the time, to be effective, the rider must in a gentle manner: less 6,000 rpm, less 30% throttle, under 160 km/h.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 Key

— Long-travel suspension rear allows riders to sports and touring riding on a of streets and conditions

— and very comfortable riding offers a high level of with confidence in various

— Sporty, nimble due to the lightweight aluminium twin-tube

— 1,043 cc In-line-four pulls strongly throughout the rev range

— Adjustable

— Functional and robust offers high wind

— Long range to a 21.5 L fuel tank

KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction

— 3 modes cover a range of conditions

— Mode selection

— 2 Full Power + Low Power 75% of Full)

— Latest-spec ABS

— Robust rear designed for heavy payload

Gears selected for a wide of riding situations

Long-travel front rear allows to enjoy sport riding on a of streets and conditions

— carrier with high capacity

Gears selected for a wide of riding situations

Numerous accessories

— Panniers, grip warmers, DC outlet, guards, engine guards, etc

nimble handling care of aluminium twin-tube frame

17- ideal for sport riding


— Latest-spec lightweight ABS unit

— Smooth, throttle response facilitates control, ideal for sport

2012 Kawasaki Versys Features and Benefits

Impressive Four

To maximise the Versys fun factor, engineers wanted to the most exciting engine The engine needed to deliver than just performance The engine they chose was a cm3 In- line Four, tuned for

Superb throttle response, torque at all rpm (especially in the low-mid and a seductive intake howl that every twist of the delivers a physical and aural that riders may easily addictive.

A choice of Full or Low Power modes allows to set power delivery to suit and conditions. Low Power mode output to approximately 75% of Full and delivers a milder throttle (Reduction of both power and response varies according to speed (rpm), throttle and gear position.)

Aluminium frame design features beams that go over allowing a narrow construction is easy to grip with the

Lightweight and highly rigid, the uses the engine as a stressed The frame contributes to handling, a firm, planted feeling, stability and light, nimble The frame is a 5-piece cast construction, consisting of steering left and right main and two cross pieces.

The two main components have open cross sections and were to ensure a smooth surface

Adjustable front fork

The is adjustable for rebound damping only) and preload.

Easy rear shock

A remote adjuster means changes to tandem riding or luggage can be quickly and easily by hand. The shock is also adjustable for damping.

ABS brakes

ABS is standard on the 1000. The 300 mm front petal are gripped by opposed 4-piston offering strong stopping with good brake and feel. At the rear a 250 mm petal is slowed by a single-piston caliper.


The adjustable windscreen has a range of approximately 30 mm. Height can be by hand and without tools two knobs on the front of the screen) to rider preference.

Wide, handlebar

Wide, rigid-mount offers easy control, for low-speed manoeuvring. Positioned to a natural grip, it allows the elbows to be slightly bent sitting in a relaxed, upright

Thickly padded seat double the cushioning of the Z1000 provides the comfort to enable of miles in the saddle. The rear has even deeper cushioning, and is Kawasaki-s most comfortable perch yet. Seat material was carefully selected and a deal of effort was spent to a good fit. The front uses different material the sides and rear.

A two-tone is used on white models.


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