Established as a highly regarded “all-rounder”, the Versys 1000 takes on the competition in 2019 with a radical upgrade focusing on a wide range of refinements and innovations making it the most accomplished iteration yet created.
With a unique to class four-cylinder across the frame format at its heart, the adventure focused 1,043 cm3 machine now benefits from electronic throttle valves which allow the adoption of electronic cruise control. The useful addition of Kawasaki’s IMU linked cornering management function facilitates a total engine and chassis management package.
Practically speaking, the ergonomic package is well thought through with an adjustable screen for protection and, in the comfort stakes, two possible seat heights thanks to an optional Ergo-Fit lower than standard seat available as a genuine accessory.
Bringing the comfortable long travel suspension equipped machine to a halt, the KIBS intelligent anti-lock brakes rely for the first time on powerful radial mount front brake calipers while twin LED headlamps ensure that the route ahead is clearly defined.
Defining what the next step is in the Versys dynasty, is the job of the highly specified Versys 1000 SE, the top of line machine for 2019. Taking the Versys concept to a new level, not only are a TFT meter panel and LED cornering lights part of the specification, but also electronically controlled front and rear suspension is fitted for the first time along with a Kawasaki quick shifter for fast and seamless changes up and down the gearbox allied to an assist and slipper clutch common to both variants of the Versys 1000.
With smartphone connectivity between rider and machine now possible thanks to the new Kawasaki Rideology App, Versys 1000 SE owners can not only adjust their suspension via their smartphone screen but also see riding logs, service and oil change intervals plus clever additional items like the display of received phone calls and incoming email arrival.
With equipment levels similar to a top end luxury car, it will come as no surprise to learn that the Versys 1000 SE is also equipped with Kawasaki’s new Highly Durable paint which, via a “trampoline effect” of still semi-liquid molecules, can change the appearance of light scuffs back to standard looking paintwork using a high-tech recovery process.
Touring focus on the Versys 1000 SE is ably handled with clever additions such as a 40W power source for powering not just satellite navigation systems but a host of other power hungry essential items. Additionally the standard fitment of grip heaters, hand guards and a large windscreen on this top of range model (all available as accessories for the Versys 1000) ensures that when the weather changes for the worse the Versys 1000 SE rider can rely of comfort, safety and convenience as the kilometers (or miles) rush by.
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