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standard versus SE
Riders can choose from two model variations: the standard Versys 1000, or the SE-model, an even higher level of quality.
Additional equipment include KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension), KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter), LED Cornering Lights, Smartphone Connectivity, and Highly Durable Paint.
Versys 1000
Versys 1000 SE

EXCLUSIVE TO THE SE MODEL

KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) KECS


The Versys 1000 SE model comes with KECS which is based on the semi-active system that debuting on the 2018 Ninja ZX-10R SE, KECS adapts to road and riding conditions in real time, providing the ideal amount of damping called for. Combining high-level mechanical components with the latest electronic control technology, KECS offers both the suppleness to handle a wide range of riding situations, as well as the firm damping to facilitate sport riding. The tyres feel planted, delivering confidence when cornering. On the Versys 1000 SE, KECS also includes electronically adjustable rear preload – a first for Kawasaki. Riders can choose from three payload modes (each with +5/-5 adjustment):
  • Rider only
  • Rider with luggage
  • Rider with passenger and luggage
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KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) KQS


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.

The quick shifter is also available as an accessory for the standard Versys 1000
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LED Cornering Lights 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. These are not an accessory but only available on the SE model. 
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EXCLUSIVE TO THE SE MODEL

Integrated Riding Modes Integrated Riding Modes


Sport, Road, Rain, Rider (manual)
All-inclusive modes that link KTRC, Power Mode and KECS come only on the SE model and allow riders to efficiently set traction control, power delivery and suspension character to suit a given riding situation.
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Smartphone Connectivity 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.
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Highly Durable Paint Highly Durable Paint


Kawasaki’s new Highly Durable paint and Highly Durable matte paint on the Versys 1000 SE model feature a special coat that allows scratches to repair themselves, enabling the paint to maintain its high-quality finish.
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ENGINE

Exciting In-Line Four Engine KAWASAKI IN-LINE FOUR EXHILARATION x FUN PACKAGE ON WINDING ROADS


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 for 2019 enables the addition of Electronic Cruise Control, while also contributing to smooth power delivery.
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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.
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FUN PACKAGE ON WINDING ROADS

Fun Sport Riding on a Variety of Streets/Conditions Long-Travel Suspension + Sporty 17” Wheels


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 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.
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Assist & Slipper Clutch Assist & Slipper Clutch


Race-inspired clutch technology offers both a back-torque limiting function as well as a very light feel at the lever.
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Upright riding position Upright riding position


Spacious, upright riding position offers a high level of machine control in various conditions while contributing to rider comfort.
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KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function) KTRC & KCMF


IMU-Equipped Total Engine & Chassis Management Package 
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. On the Versys 1000, KCMF oversees the following systems:
  • KECS (SE-only feature)
  • KIBS (including pitching management and corner braking management)
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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.
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BRAKES

KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) Supersport-grade High-precision Brake Management


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.
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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.
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Radial-Mount Front Brake Calipers 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.
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EVEN BETTER EQUIPPED TO RIDE LONG, RIDE FAR

Electronic Cruise Control 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.
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Adjustable Windscreen Adjustable Windscreen


Complementing the increased wind protection offered by the Versys 1000’s new front cowl and wider shrouds, the steplessly adjustable windscreen can be tailored to rider preference, contributing to comfortable highway cruising. Windscreen height can now be easily adjusted from the rider’s seat.
High screen comes standard on the SE.
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Two Available Seats Two Available Seats


Both the standard and the SE model are 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.
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Handy power source 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.
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EMOTIONAL DESIGN

Twin LED Headlamps Twin LED Headlamps


Each of the new 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.
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All-LED Lighting All-LED Lighting


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


New instrumentation with an advanced, high-tech design gives the Versys 1000 cockpit a very high-class appearance. The analogue-style tachometer is complemented by a full digital LCD screen (STD model), or a high-grade full colour TFT LCD screen (SE model).
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TECHNOLOGY

ABS

ABS

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

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Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

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.

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KECS-Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension

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. 

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Electronic Throttle Valves

Electronic Throttle Valves

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

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KQS - Kawasaki Quick Shifter

KQS - Kawasaki Quick Shifter

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

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KCMF

KCMF

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

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Assist & Slipper Clutch

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.

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KTRC (3-mode)

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.

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Power Modes

Power Modes

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

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Electronic Cruise Control

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.

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Dual Throttle Valves

Dual Throttle Valves

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

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Economical Riding Indicator

Economical Riding Indicator

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

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Smartphone Connectivity

Smartphone Connectivity

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

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