Test: Kawasaki Versys 1000

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Kawasaki Versys


With very few (and as Zac postulated recently ) adventure touring motorcycles are sport utility vehicles – comfortable and great around or on the highway, but take them to the going gets dirty, and start to unravel.

I mean – who is actually going to take a 550 lb, one motorcycle off-road? Someone not fond of keeping their in one piece, that’s who.

Kawasaki listing the Versys as an Touring motorcycle just the 650 version, the new Versys 1000 has no real off-road capabilities. shod with 17-inch front and back and the tire is strictly pavement.

The Versys is at on the pavement. Photo: Kawasaki


Pretty much is new, as the Versys 1000 was a new model in 2012. There was parts bin scrounging however, as the and frame were both from the Z and Ninja 1000s and slightly modified to suit.

Here’s a close-up of those wheels. Note the tire pattern.

Thankfully, the incredibly mufflers on the Z and Ninja were in favour of a nicely styled exhaust system, although the and connectors on the headers are rather looking.

The frame was given extra bracing and a stronger subframe added, which was as the Versys was designed to be fitted hard bags and a topbox, not advised on the other two bikes.

The is definitely new; let’s be charitable and call the styling It’s not totally hideous – you cringe like a vampire confronted by a crucifix, it’s that when you walk from the Versys, you won’t be any wistful glances over shoulder. Besides, if you’re it, you don’t have to look at it.


The Versys 1000 may look a dirt bike on steroids, but the flat seat, comfortable riding position and more 100 horsepower certainly make up for the styling.

Bondo likes the upright position on the Versys.

In detuned guise, the 118 horsepower with 86 of torque from Kawasaki’s cc four-banger has a really strong as well as a big kick on the top end. is minimal, although slight through the bars and pegs can be after a couple of hours on the

The rear subframe was beefed up to luggage.

Kawasaki fitted the 1000 with the same adjustable power mode and control system found on the ZX-14R hyperbike. Modes 1 and 2 are for everyday riding, while mode is totally anemic and only be useful under slippery conditions – like if towing a broken Zamboni clearing off the local arena. In any throttle response is seamless, and excellent.

Steering is light and and the high, wide bars lots of leverage, although in speed sweepers, the front end a bit vague – something that be sorted out by using the preload and adjustments. The rear shock has an accessed preload knob allows almost instant at the back end – a nice touch if carrying a passenger or loading up the and topbox for a week away.

The long-travel suspension makes for a ride. Photo: Kawasaki

The suspension makes for a very ride, although on stretches of pavement, it tends to get a bit choppy.

does not come standard the Kawasaki.

As you’d expect such suspension, seat is a somewhat lofty, though not at 845 mm (33.2 inches). Even slightly under six feet should be able to put both down at a stop. Legroom, for taller riders, is above

Twin 300 mm semi-floating discs in familiar petal style up the front while a single 250 mm is at the back. The brakes are simply and, seeing as the ABS is the same used on the ZX-10R sportbike, and feedback is exemplary.

Kawasaki Versys

The manually adjustable screen very well and should riders of varying heights. I it on the highest setting and it provided a still air pocket that was turbulence-free.

While the bodywork exactly pretty, it’s not hideous. Photo: Kawasaki

The covers just about you’ll need to know as you on down the highway. An analog is inset by a large digital with peripheral information ambient temperature, a bar type gauge, twin tripmeters and

The gauges have all the information when you’re on the road. Kawasaki

My press unit was a unfortunate colour – sort of a brown root beer, and the tiny metal flakes in the (that really gleam in the couldn’t disguise the fact brown motorcycles look and uninspired under virtually light condition you’ll The ‘orrible colour didn’t compliment the styling either, but I’m wondering what colour


It’s fast, handles pretty well and a 21-litre fuel tank and my consumption in the 5.2 – 5.4L/100km range, it has a good fuel range. a great city bike or day and throw in the optional Kawasaki bags and topbox and you’ve got a pretty decent long-distance missile that won’t and lurch its way through the twisties.

If you to ride off into the sunset, the will do the trick, as long as the is paved. Photo: Kawasaki

at that, the Versys 1000 is a bit of a to me. I like that, unlike in the class that sport front wheels, it has no off-road whatsoever. More sporty than adventurer.

But overall, it doesn’t do anything a 1250 Bandit, a Honda or even Kawasaki’s own Ninja doesn’t do. And at $13,999, it and the Ninja the highest sticker price of group. The 1250 Bandit and CBF1000 are a significant two grand


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