Sharp, Sporty Styling
Completely revised styling package blends style, wind protection, aerodynamics and airflow management.
The new twin headlamp design contributes to strong Kawasaki looks, while reflecting the Versys 1000’s abundant potential for fun, sporty riding.
Upper cowl features a horizontally split design that reinforces the compact and sporty image of the Versys 1000.
The aggressive new design contributes to a strong Kawasaki identity.


Powerful and Exciting Engine 
Powerful engine pulls strongly from all rpm (especially in the low-mid range) and does not let up before the redline.
Adding to rider exhilaration, the engine delivers superb response and an intoxicating intake howl that makes riders want to twist the throttle.
To maximise the Versys 1000’s fun factor, engineers wanted to provide the most exciting engine possible.
The engine needed to deliver more than just performance figures.
The engine they chose was a 1,043 cm3 In-line Four, tuned for flexibility.
Superb throttle response, strong torque at all rpm (especially in the low-mid range), and a seductive intake howl ensure that every twist of the throttle delivers a physical and aural sensation that riders may easily find addictive.
Assist & Slipper Clutch
Race-inspired clutch technology offers both a back-torque limiting function as well as a much lighter feel at the lever.
When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates.
This allows the total clutchspring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch.
Fewer (3, vs 5 on the previous model) clutch springs translate to a 30% lighter clutch lever feel.
When excessive engine braking occurs, as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift), the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart.
This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.
Horizontal Back-link rear suspension
This rear suspension arrangement offers excellent performance while contributing to mass centralisation.
Remote preload adjuster facilitates changes to accommodate a pillion and/or luggage.
Revisions include a stiffer spring for increased stability and reduced damping for enhanced ride comfort.
A remote preload adjuster means changes to suit tandem riding or luggage can be made quickly and easily by hand.
The rear shock is also adjustable for rebound damping.











Type : Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement : 1,043 cm3
Bore and Stroke : 77.0 mm x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio : 10.3:1
Valve system : DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system : Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 with oval sub-throttles
Fuel Type : Unleaded petrol / RON95
Ignition : Digital
Starting : Electric
Lubrication : Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission : 6 speed, return
Maximum power : 88.2 kW {120 PS} / 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque : 102.0 N.m {10.4 kgf.m} / 7,500 rpm
Frame Type : Twin-tube, aluminium
Rake / Trail : 27.0° / 106mm
Tyre : Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
: Rear: 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Wheelbase : 1,520 mm
Ground clearance : 150 mm
Seat height : 840 mm
Curb mass : 250 kg
Fuel capacity : 21 Litres
Fuel Type / Minimum Octane rating : Unleaded Petrol / RON95
Overall Dimensions LxWxH : 2,240mm x 895mm x 1,400 / 1,465mm
Front / Wheel Travel : ø43 mm inverted fork with rebound damping (right-side) and spring preload adjustability / 150mm
Rear / Wheel Travel : Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with rebound damping and
remote spring preload adjustability / 150mm
Brake Front : Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs
Caliper Front : Dual opposed 4-piston
Brake Rear : Single 250 mm petal disc
Caliper Front : Single-piston

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