2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Gets new paint, revised engine and electronics to make more appealing cosmetically and mechanically
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. 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.
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 callipers while twin LED headlamps ensure that the route ahead is clearly defined.
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 learnthat 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 rush by.
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Compression ratio 10.3:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Bore x stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Displacement 1,043 cm³
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 38 mm x 4
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Maximum torque 102 N•m / 7,500 rpm
Maximum power 120 PS / 9,000 rpm
CO2 emission 139 g/km
Transmission 6-speed, return
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear Ratios 1st 2.692 (35/13)
Gear Ratios 2nd 1.950 (39/20)
Gear Ratios 3rd 1.529 (26/17)
Gear Ratios 4th 1.304 (30/23)
Gear Ratios 5th 1.136 (25/22)
Gear Ratios 6th 0.958 (23/24)
Final drive Sealed chain
Final reduction ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear Single 250 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front 43 mm inverted fork with stepless rebound damping (right side) and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Dimensions Frame & Dimensions
Frame type Twin-tube, aluminium
Trail 106 mm
Wheel travel front 150 mm
Wheel travel rear 152 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Steering angle L/R 34° / 34°
L x W x H 2,270 x 895 x 1,400 (1,465 high position screen) mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass 253 kg