Kawasaki Versys 1000 unveiled

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Most of these bike's won't likely venure too far off the beaten path, but you gotta dig that big-bore adventure styling.
Most of these bike's won't likely venture too far off the beaten path, but you gotta dig that big-bore adventure styling.

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.

An inline-four adventure bike? Whoda thunk it? Well, Kawasaki did - and they built it.

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.

Like many new big bore adventure bikes, the Versys 1000 features ABS as standard.

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.

1 COMMENT

  1. This one seems to make a heck of a lot more sense than most of the other sidewalk scramblers (IMHO). The vast majority of these ‘adventure tourers’ will never venture down a gravel road, let alone up the Dempster Highway so why not give it cast wheels, a four cylinder powerplant and what appears to be a realistic seat height ?

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