Kawasaki does big-bore adventure touring a bit differently than the others.
While almost everyone else is building their machines around twin-cylinder engines, Kawasaki has instead relied instead on the torquey 1,043 cc inline-four that powers the latest Z1000 to propel the new Versys 1000.
Of course, it’s detuned for the Versys; it puts out about 115 hp at 9,000 rpms, and 102 Nm of torque at 7,700 rpm.
Riders can detune the bike even further through onboard electronics. There’s a full power mode, but the rider can also select a low power mode that restricts the bike to around 75 per cent of its capability – a very useful feature when adventure riding.
The Versys 1000 also features three-mode traction control, combining elements from the traction control systems found on the ZX-10 and ZZR1400.
It has been designed for long-distance touring in mind, with seat and wind protection to help you ride further. Wheels are 17-inch units. Brakes are 4-piston calipers with 300mm petal front discs and a 250mm rear disc. ABS is standard.
Fuel tank capacity for the new Versys is 21 litres, and weight is 239 kg. No word on Canadian availability or pricing.