Kawasaki’s Team Green has unveiled the new higher-spec Versys 1000 S for the European market, boasting cutting edge Showa Skyhook suspension and premium features now available as standard.
The design of the Versys 1000 remains the same as the previous year’s, with no visible change to it. The same muscular, upright stance as we have seen in many adventure bikes. Still, the features are quite attractive, especially given Kawasaki’s unique headlight and taillight assembly. And even better, the Versys S trim, the entry-level trim, now comes with a self-healing paint job that Kawasaki claims is expected to heal and make small scratches vanish.
The distinct changes that the Versys 1000 S has gained are mostly derived from the more expensive SE trim. The S model gets some useful tech features like smartphone connectivity, service and oil change reminders, heated grips, and cruise control.
Furthermore, Kawasaki Traction Control, combined with Kawasaki Quick Shifter, ought to make the driving experience even more comfortable and responsive than before.
The Versys 1000 S also now comes with other driver aids, such as a KIBS braking system, featuring robust, large mono-block radially mounted brake calipers, providing smooth braking with more control offered to the driver.
The S trim will also share the same powertrain as the SE — a 1,043 cc inline four-cylinder, producing 120 Horsepower and 102 Nm of torque at 7500 rpm, the usual for an adventure sports bike. The difference between the two trims is the use of traditional manual adjustments for the suspension on the S level.
Besides, the Versys 1000 SE LT+ also features a new semi-active Showa Skyhook suspension system, using algorithms to monitor and stabilize the bike’s vertical movement, making it even more stable than before.
The Versys 1000 series will be available in three versions — Tourer, adding a one-key twin pannier system, providing 56 liters of cargo space, along with a protective trunk pad; Tourer Plus, adding LED fog lights; and the Grand Tourer, including a top case, providing an additional 47 Litres of cargo space, GPS bracket, and frame sliders.
The S trim level is expected to start at €14,227, which is lesser than the SE by almost 2,000 euros. With premium features being offered in their base model, the Versys adventure bike seems a lot more competitive when pitched against the Multistrada 950, Triumph Tiger 800 XR, and the Honda Africa Twin.
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