Kawasaki Versys 1000 review Ash On Bikes

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Kawasaki Versys

Kawasaki Versys 1000

Kawasaki is the first company to to the question: can a four-cylinder engine in an adventure bike?

Well, the new 1000 answers this if you`re loose with the of adventure bike, as with an increasing number of machines into this category, are no claims made for any off-road Indeed, Kawasaki emphasises is not an off-road bike, and as such specifically not pitched against R1200GS. the Triumph Tiger or anything else in that Adventure bikes then- in turn means the Versys is as a rival to another Tiger, the road oriented 2012 1050, or Honda`s Crossrunner that’s a four too, but smaller. ), and the sub- £10,000 tag is confirmation the Versys 1000 closer to these.

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Indeed, of these bikes were by Kawasaki as the ones the Versys is up although the marketing won`t some riders wondering if really need to pay one or two thousand more for a BMW or Triumph with an capability they might use, and which could in be compromising the bike dynamically in of its road manners.

That in the Kawasaki`s favour, and there`s else that does so The bike is closely based in the Z1000 and Z1000SX, using the engine and a lightly modified One of the aims of the design team was to fuel economy in recognition of the that riders of these rate range very with 200 miles (300km) the minimum.

With that in mind, as as the different way the bike will be the 1043cc Z1000 engine has reworked, with new combustion and cams providing reduced lift and less duration, a smaller overlap period. The ratio is reduced from to 10.3:1 while smaller bodies are used.

The exhaust and engine mapping are different and to take advantage of the wider of torque as well offer relaxed cruising, the gear are spread wider, with the two lower than the Z1000`s and 3rd to 6th are Kawasaki says the fuel is up to 16 per cent better than the but then that is something of a beast, so you`d hope so.

The has been strengthened with bracing around the sides of the while the headstock is modified to the steering angle and maintain despite the taller suspension. The subframe is stronger than the an important point as the Z1000SX is not to be fitted with panniers and a top box at the time: on the Versys 1000 you can fit all in addition to a well-fed passenger.

As the Z1000 the rear suspension is above the swingarm, allowing room beneath the engine for the pre-chamber, but at the front a new design of from KYB (formerly Kayaba) is This uses a thin-walled cartridge allowing the fitment of a damper piston, with secondary damper valves to the oil flow as the fork movement direction at the top and bottom of its ….

The suspension travel at both is longer, to improve the bike`s to cope with very quality roads. That`s the

The electronics include Kawasaki`s advanced KTRC traction with three modes. The aggressive two are designed for the best and are similar to the Kawasaki ZX-10R predictive system, allowing a degree of tyre slippage, the third intervenes early for in poor conditions. Similarly a lower power engine which reduces output to 75 per of maximum, with a softer delivery.

Output in normal is 116bhp (118PS, 86.8kW) at

The ergonomics are as you`d expect, the upright and spacious riding which defines this a manually adjustable screen and of consideration to passenger comfort. The is comprehensive and includes range current and average fuel and an economy riding light comes on when you`re gentle.

I didn`t see it much. In this was because the engine is a pleasing one to be in command of, with of torque, an immensely strong and despite the detune, still a kick at the top end — it wouldn`t be a without that. Also the on the Tenerife launch venue some of the best in the world for rapid riding, swinging corners on excellent surfaces on the up the El Teide volcano.

But the pace set by lead rider, Francesca (that`s her in the pillion shots) was hot to leave a few journalists straggling so the 39mpg (13.8km/l, 7.2l/100km, US) my bike`s dash told me I was in fact was pretty impressive, of the riding was throttle-to-the-stop and speeds very high at times.

Extrapolating fuel consumption can only ever be intelligent at best, but I imagine in more riding you should expect at 45mpg (15.9km/l, 6.3l/100km, US), and quite possibly more, meaning the 4.7 gallon litre, 5.7 gallon US) tank be good for at least 210 miles which will make the best bike in the class in respect.

The Z1000 vibration can still irritate on the Versys though. The motor is smooth up to after which tingling come at you through various points, including tank, and bars. The footrests have rubber to dilute this while the wider bars help reduce the intensity, and mostly the vibes aren`t too the bike would be better them.

I’d live it.

The Versys 1000 impresses its agility though. At 527lb with 5 litres of fuel on it`s not unduly heavy, but it direction even more and willingly than you`d steering very well and and turning in eagerly on the brakes, driving out forcefully with a snarl from the engine.

If those forks did what supposed to. The first sign all wasn`t perfect came at speeds on the motorway along coast, where at 100mph the front end has an anaesthetic feel and a on the bars easily induces magnitude wobbles. There`s no of instability, just a feeling the front is a bit bouncy and directionally

Then you start to push the through corners and the lack of increases, so you`re leaning the as much on faith as tactility.

On surfaces — and we had plenty of too — the ride quality is poor, entirely because of the end which has a loose, underdamped even when you wind up the As it turned out, these already set firmer for our ride the bike will come as standard, all of which is baffling and too, as the Versys 1000 is a fine handling machine was still enjoyable to chuck despite this issue.

The of effective wheel control the ABS was kicking in early at the front on so much so that I was holding and braking early on bumpy sections of the route as you couldn`t be when the system would and release the stoppers momentarily. wrong with he ABS itself this is the same ultra-compact ABS 9 system used on the ZX-10R and other high performance and it even controls rear lift to a degree. But there`s so much it can do when the front is bouncing up and down excessively.

So for the new KYB forks, these are the bike`s spot, not the strength I was expecting, and make you pine for a good set of as the Versys 1000 would be the handling and most fun bike in the with a decent front end As it is, the ride quality and steering of the Tiger 1050 are head and better, but even then I`d be tempted to go for the Versys simply of the speed of direction changes and its qualities.

The engine is also stronger the Triumph`s, right across the and as the Honda Crossrunner prices close to the Kawasaki and aims at the audience, it has to bear comparison while its suspension is better the devours it for performance and agility, and it has of extra muscle to cope a passenger and full load.

Kawasaki Versys

else about the Versys is positive: I spent a good few in the saddle and found it absolutely It`s broad, well and has something of a gel feel to it which is welcoming, while passengers plenty of space, well footrests and no turbulence issues.

a short rider some will feel a little up in the air, other than it`s a very good motorcycle, and once you`ve the rear spring preload the easy-to-use remote adjuster, the is perfectly good loaded or A shame it`s such a having to break out the toolkit and around awkwardly to adjust the height though, on a bike this that`s a task you to do often and it should be an easy twirl, not a mechanics` masterclass.

The works very well and to do so for a variety of rider heights mine was set on the highest where it off enough wind pressure for at any speed I cared to dial in, all undue noise or turbulence, shorter riders than my (1.91m) found it more and comfortable in the lower setting.

Did I say everything is positive? The styling is at an acquired taste, a sort of Red Kryton version of the Versys 650 even its mother couldn`t to be beautiful. Styling these does seem to pose particular problems, but there`s doubt judging by most comments that this of the bike hasn`t been a success.

I think it looks personally, sort of ruggedly but I wouldn`t buy one for its catwalk style.

I though buy one for its all-rounder ability, hope I could do something the forks, maybe using a damping oil or perhaps spending time with the adjusters to in some feeling and control. The the bike is otherwise so outstandingly makes this more of a than it might otherwise be.

Model tested: Kawasaki 1000

UK price: £9,499

early 2012

Engine: cylinder, liquid cooled, 16v, 1043cc

Power: (118PS, 86.8kW) @ 9,000rpm

75lb.ft (10.4kgm, 102Nm) @

Economy: 45mpg (15.9km/l, 37.5mpg US) (est)

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Kawasaki Versys
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