The flagship adventure tourer from Kawasaki, the Versys 1000, has been updated for the year 2022. Like before, the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 will be brought to India through the CBU route and has been priced at Rs 11.55 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Price and Variants
The new Kawasaki Versys 1000 has been launched in one full-fledged variant, the price of which has been set at Rs 11.55 lakh (ex-showroom, India). This makes it almost Rs 10,000 more expensive than the 2021 model which it has replaced.
Even with the price bump, it has received, the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 continues to be the most affordable adventure tourer in its segment and is one of the most affordable litre-class motorcycles as well. The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is pegged against the motorcycles like Honda Africa Twin, Triumph Tiger 900, BMW F 850 GS and Ducati Multistrada 950, all of which are smaller than the Versys 1000 but offer more functional off-road riding capabilities and features.
Design and Features
The only visual change which the Kawasaki Versys 1000 has received is the introduction of a new Candy Lime Green Type 3 paint scheme, which happens to be the only colour option in which the motorcycle will be available countrywide. Apart from the new colour scheme, the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 essentially remains the same motorcycle as before, with a burly and tall stance giving it a strong road presence.
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is equipped with trendy and usable bits like a fully adjustable front windshield, dual-LED headlamps, LED tail lamp and turn indicators, split seats, large pannier mounts and luggage rack at the back, part-digital instrument console and cruise control. Other riding aids which the Versys 1000 comes equipped with are two power modes (Full and Low), three-level traction control with 6-axis IMU and cornering ABS.
Engine and Transmission
Kawasaki has made no changes to the sweet four-stroke, inline-four, liquid-cooled, 1043cc engine of the Versys 1000, which is one of the largest and most refined motors in its category. Coupled with a 6-speed gearbox, this engine makes a maximum power output of 120 PS @ 9,000 rpm and a maximum torque output of 102 Nm @ 7,500 rpm. The engine was upgraded to BS6 emission norms in 2020 only and continues to be the same as before.
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is the biggest and tallest motorcycle in its segment and coupled with a softer suspension system and comfortable ergonomics, it is engineered as a long-distance tourer and not a proper off-roader. The motorcycle is armed with 43mm upside-down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and horizontal back-link, gas-charged mono-shock, both of which get rebound damping and spring preload adjustability. For braking duties, the tourer gets dual 310mm petal disc brakes at the front and a single 250mm petal disc at the back.