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Kawasaki Versys 1000 save the Japanese motorbike

Geoff Hill Tuesday 8 Nov 6:27 pm

Kawasaki Versys is the very Japanese bike out to steal a crown from the

Kawasaki is confident that new bike will power its competition

KAWASAKI plans to on the world with its latest unveiled to the world at the EICMA which opened yesterday in

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is a purposeful adventure tourer fair and square at taking a of the lucrative wannabe globetrotter – think budding Ewan and fans of the BBC television series Way Round.

The current top of the crop is the BMW followed a fair distance by the Ducati Multistrada, the KTM 990 Adventure and the Guzzi Stelvio.

Most GS buyers may well use their machines to go down to the shops but that hasn’t the R1200GS becoming BMW’s earner and, at times, best-selling bike.

With no pretensions and priced at less £10,000 – significantly cheaper the Ducati Multistrada’s £11,295 – the new is aimed more at the popular and market for the Triumph 1050, due for an in 2012, and the brand-new Triumph Explorer, also due out early year.

According to Kawasaki the thinking behind the bike is it fits into one of the most sectors of the bike market at the both satisfying existing fans and – crucially – attracting new

It also fits neatly the Kawasaki range as the big brother to the Versys 650 and the successor to the popular V-Strom 1000 of 2002-2008 and the popular KLV 1000 of 2004-2006. The big is that Kawasaki has ditched the twin of the former and the V-twin of the two for an in-line four.

Why? what it lacks in character it up for in smooth pulling power, low revs all the way up to the redline, and because more suitable for the road use at the bike is squarely aimed.

Kawasaki’s strong tradition of fours for its bigger bikes, the is certain to be a sweet piece of since machines such as the quick ZX-10R and the ZZR1400 tourer, one of the best all-round on the planet, are the few bright sparks in a bike universe which has disturbingly dark for the past few

The model includes bulletproof reliability and quicksilver suspension

rates have driven up and the subsequent lack of research and dosh means a paucity of new from Yamaha and Suzuki, Honda has gone down roads like automatic and smaller machines.

All of which only Kawasaki to produce new and interesting, such as this

By using their strengths, bulletproof engines, reliability, suspension and a strong fanbase, tapped into one area of the in which they had been absent since the demise of the – a machine with an enduring among touring bikers who want to be McGregor lookalikes by the Beemer.

Backed up by a dynamic long-travel system, power modes from full to 75 per cent for conditions and three-stage traction based on Kawasaki’s own Ninja that adds up to a hugely machine which, I’ll will work for every situation, from around the to around the globe.

That theme is carried through to the which is a lightweight aluminium unit for light and nimble helped by sporty 17in

However, it has been beefed up at the to cope with carrying luggage from a lengthy list through rough for days on end if needed.

The riding looks upright and comfortable to make effortless use of an estimated of more than 320km the 21.5 litre fuel

There’s a manual height-adjustable and a clever half-fairing too, looks promising for adding wind protection to the rider package.

Hefty twin at the front, backed up by ABS, an impressive package which, important of all, is such value that it even the £9,999 Triumph Tiger SE with ABS.

Watch this space, but it be the machine to snap the Japanese industry out of the doldrums.

VERSYS — Vital stats Engine: cylinder across the frame, Power: 137bhp @ 7,000rpm 90Nm @ 6,500rpm 0-62mph: Top speed: 150 mph (241kph) Fuel 47mpg Weight: 240kg £9,900 Availability: Early

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