2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Grand Tourer

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starting from £16,599

Bike adventures are life’s best adventures. Every day brings opportunity for fresh challenges. Beyond the roads you know lie whole new vistas. Unknown roads are easier and faraway places nearer with the Versys 1000. When Adventure Calls, you and the Versys 1000 have the answer. ANY ROAD. ANY TIME.

Key Features

Grip Heaters

Grip heaters provide increased comfort on cold days. They fully enclose the grips, ensuring excellent warmth.

KECS with Showa Skyhook Technology

For 2021, the Versys 1000 SE benefits from an update to its KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension). Featuring Kawasaki’s first use of Showa’s Skyhook technology, the new suspension delivers a smoother ride for rider and passenger, contributing to increased comfort and enjoyment. The Skyhook concept imagines a hook supporting the motorcycle’s sprung weight and modulates the suspension’s damping force to allow the wheels to track the dips and bumps encountered while maintaining the motorcycle’s vertical position with minimal disturbance.

Two Available Seats

The Versys 1000 is fitted with the Comfort Seat which features thicker urethane cushioning to provide the comfort to enable long hours in the saddle, while offering taller riders a relaxed knee bend. Both bikes can also be fitted with the accessory Low Seat (20 mm lower) which prioritises an easy reach to the ground.

Integrated Riding Modes

The Versys 1000 SE comes standard with integrated rider modes allowing the selection of three modes which automatically combine the most appropriate traction control and power settings for sport, road, rain plus a rider (manual) mode.

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

Complementing the Versys 1000’s exhilarating engine character, the SE model's standard equipment includes a quick shifter that enables clutchless upshifts and downshifts for seamless acceleration and quick and easy deceleration.

Electronic Cruise Control

Kawasaki’s cruise control system allows a desired speed to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle. This reduces stress on the right hand when traveling long distances, enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort.

All-LED Lighting

From the twin headlamps and compact LED turn signals to the LED taillight and LED licence plate bulb, the Versys 1000 offers an all-LED lighting package.

Adjustable Windscreen

Complementing the increased wind protection offered by the Versys 1000’s front cowl and wider shrouds, the steplessly adjustable windscreen can be tailored to rider preference, contributing to comfortable highway cruising. Windscreen height can be easily adjusted from the rider’s seat.

KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function)

Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modelling software and feedback from a compact Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner.

Fun Sport Riding on a Variety of Streets/Conditions

Because real world riding occurs on streets that are often less than circuit smooth – road imperfections (bumps, potholes) are far from rare, and some streets are not even paved (cobblestone, etc) – Kawasaki engineers chose long-travel suspension to enable riders to carve corners with aplomb. While not designed for off-road use, the long-travel suspension’s ability to cope with less-than-perfect street conditions allows the Versys 1000 SE to remain composed where bikes with stiffer, sportier set-ups would require backing off the throttle. Lightweight 17” wheels front and rear contribute to quick, sporty handling

Electronic Throttle Valves

Electronic Throttle Valves enable the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response and the ideal engine output.

Clean-Mount Pannier System

The mounting system for the accessory panniers allows the panniers to be attached and removed very simply, contributing to increased convenience. Seamlessly integrating the panniers with the rear of the bike, the clean-mount system positions the panniers close to the bike centreline, and, thanks to its clean clutter-free design, ensures the rear of the bike still looks good with the panniers removed.

Radial-Mount Front Brake Calipers

The ø310 mm front petal discs are now gripped by highly rigid radial-mount monobloc calipers complemented by a radial-pump front brake master cylinder, contributing to superb feel and formidable stopping power.

Twin LED Headlamps

Each of the LED headlamps features low and high beams as well as a position lamp. Highly visible, the new headlamps offer significantly increased brightness to illuminate the way on night rides.

LED Cornering Lights

Lights built into the shrouds help illuminate the road when cornering at night. Each of the three lights has a fixed direction and is activated based on lean angle. As the bike leans over, the lights come on in order, creating a wider illuminated path in the direction the bike is heading.

KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)

Three modes cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind under certain conditions to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.

Smartphone Connectivity

Complementing the Versys 1000 SE's TFT dashboard is a Bluetooth chip built into the instrument panel which enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.

KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System)

Kawasaki’s supersport-grade high-precision brake management system is now standard equipment on the Versys 1000. This is the same base system used on the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R, with programming and settings revised to suit the street performance parameters and long-travel suspension of the Versys 1000.

Handy Power Source

Conveniently located in the cockpit, a DC socket, previously an accessory, is now standard equipment. The socket is complemented by prepared pre-wiring. A total of 40 W of power is available.

TFT Full Colour Instrumentation

The compact all-digital TFT colour instrumentation gives the cockpit a high-tech, highgrade appearance. The high-grade full colour display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology, delivering a high level of visibility. The screen’s background colour is selectable (black or white), and screen brightness adjusts automatically to suit available light. In addition to scrollable multi-function windows, two display modes offer riders a choice of how they want their information presented.

Exciting In-Line Four Engine

A key to the Versys 1000’s fun factor, the exciting engine delivers more than just performance figures. The 1,043 cm3 In-line Four, tuned for flexibility, offers superb throttle response, strong torque at all rpm (especially in the low-mid range), and a seductive intake howl – ensuring riders are treated to a physically and aurally exhilarating sensation with every twist of the throttle. A change to Electronic Throttle Valves enables the addition of Electronic Cruise Control, while also contributing to smooth power delivery.

Technology

ABS


ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension arranges its shock unit horizontally, greatly contributing to efficient use of space and mass centralisation.

KECS-Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension


KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) adapts to road and riding conditions in real time, providing the ideal amount of damping called for.

Electronic Throttle Valves


Electronic Throttle Valves allow the ECU to deliver the ideal amount of fuel and air to the engine.

KCMF


KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function) monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner.

KQS - Kawasaki Quick Shifter


KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) enables clutchless up- and downshifts.

Assist & Slipper Clutch


Based on racing technology, the Assist & Slipper Clutch acts as both a back-torque limiter and a self-servo mechanism that enables a lighter clutch lever pull.

KTRC (3-mode)


3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control), Kawasaki's most advanced traction control system, offers a selection of modes to suit a variety of riding situations, from sport riding to touring.

Power Modes


Power Mode selection allows engine power delivery to be changed to suit the riding situation.

Electronic Cruise Control


Electronic Cruise Control allows vehicle speed to be fixed. Rider support technology that helps reduce rider fatigue on long trips and contributes to increased touring comfort.

Dual Throttle Valves


Dual Throttle Valves offer increased power and greater ease of use care of a second set of ECU-controlled throttle valves.

Economical Riding Indicator


The Economical Riding Indicator is a mark appearing on the instrument panel to indicate favourable fuel consumption, encouraging fuel efficient riding.

Smartphone Connectivity


Smartphone connectivity contributes to an enhanced motorcycling experience by enabling riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly.

Available Colours

Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black
Pearl Storm Grey / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Flat Spark Black

Specification

Engine

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm³
Bore x stroke 77 x 56 mm
Compression ratio 10:3:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Brakes & Suspension

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 (Versys 1000) 43 mm inverted fork with KECS-controlled rebound and compression damping, manual spring preload adjustability and top-out springs (Versys 1000 SE)
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability (Versys 1000) Horizontal Back-link, BFRC lite shock, KECS-controlled compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload adjustability (Versys 1000 SE)
Performance & Transmission

Maximum power 88.2 kW {120 PS} / 9,000 rpm
Power down kit 85 kW Available
CO2 emission 128 g/km
Maximum torque 102 N•m {10.4 kgf•m} / 7,500 rpm
Fuel consumption 85 kW kit 5.5 l/100 km
CO2 emission 85 kW kit 139 g/km
Transmission 6-speed
Final drive Sealed chain
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 reduction ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
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, left / right 34° / 34°
L x W x H 2,270 x 950 x 1,490 (1,530 high position screen) mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass 257 kg