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First Ride: Kawasaki 1000 review

Enter new Versys 1000, the younger but bigger and uglier brother to the and Z1000SX. It’s a 240kg, four-cylinder motorcycle with styling. However, Kawasaki keen to tell us ‘it’s not at the GS’, the bike that’s at the top of the Adventure Sport category since the day it was launched.

Gone are the where you could confidently a new motorcycle into an established and weigh it up against the others. everything else in the world; has become increasingly complicated the last few years and the boundaries categories have been the Versys 1000 joins the 650 in Kawasaki’s ‘Dual Purpose’ The other Kawasaki’s in this include the KLX250 and D-Tracker which both look off-roaders with a numberplate.

So how do you make a Versys 1000? take the frame and engine the Z1000, add long-travel suspension, a tank, a plush seat and you’re pretty much

The engine changes and electronics are siginificant than the figures Even though it uses the 1043cc engine as the Z1000, the 1000’s motor has been re-worked to change its character completely and also features power modes and Kawasaki’s traction control system. has been lowered from to 10.3:1 and the cam profile has been to reduce lift and duration.

Although the Versys 1000’s peak power and torque is than that of the Z1000, the 1000 gains a huge of additional torque in the lower and its torque curve is much than any of its siblings.

Kawasaki changed the gearing too, 1st and 2nd gears being shorter to get you off the that bit quicker while 3rd to 6th are taller, helping increase the 1000’s mpg potential and therefore its

Despite its visual weight, the 1000 is only a few kilograms than the Z1000SX. Sat on the bike it roomy, the seat feels a sofa cushion, infact sat on the isn’t quite accurate, you like you’re sat in it. The way the clocks and are perched out infront reminds me of XTZ660 Ténéré.

So it’s got the of a tourer with the forward of an adventure-style bike. With of fuel onboard, it feels but that’s the price you pay if you’re Kawasaki’s claimed 250-mile

Straight out onto the motorway, the 1000 is happy to cruise at a ton the engine feeling like barely revving. The Z1000’s has been morphed into a workhorse, you can block change to 6th at 20mph and roll-on without the feeling like it’s to shake itself to bits. The feels as comfortable as Kawasaki’s tourer, the GTR1400.

While the will help you on your way to without worrying about stations, the screen won’t. It has of manual height adjustment and wind protection is good for an styled’ bike, I’d a wider screen if I was regularly over 50 miles at motorway

While great at motorway the Versys 1000 wasn’t as at on the twisty mountainous Tenerife at the speeds we were riding at. If looking to cruise along and take in the scenery, you won’t get near the Versys’ limits and be perfectly happy. Wind the up a bit and you’ll quickly put the Versys uncomfortable territory.

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