Indian bikers have been seeking a lot attention lately. Now, bike manufacturers are now opening up their international product range to them and the amount of imported bikes available these days is unbelievable. It gets to the point of confusion but people who have their mind set to something will rejoice to the choices available. The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is here. We take it for a ride to share our detailed review.
The latest to join the wagon is the Kawasaki Versys 1000. This is Kawasaki way to enter the 1000cc touring bike segment. And what a warrior they have sent.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 Design
The Versys follows the Kawasaki design philosophy of the twin headlight in the front with an integrated air dam look. This bike comes with height adjustable visor which in the rain is a real boon. This is a tall bike, in fact very tall. There is no question about that. Short riders will have a very difficult time riding this bike. However, average to tall riders will enjoy the benefit of literally looking over cars in front to plan their overtaking maneuvers. It carries the conventional instrument cluster with the tacho in analog and the rest of the read outs in digital. The entire console is well laid out though and looks premium too.
The seats are super comfortable and very supportive for long distance riding. The pillion seat is the widest I have ever seen on any motorcycle of this class. The rear grab rail has integrated recesses for saddle cases to be locked on. From the rear the bike does not look very attractive but the LED tail lights add a touch of finesse to the overall look of the bike.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 Performance
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 comes fully loaded with a 1000cc four-cylinder engine producing 120bhp of power along with a 102Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed transmission which makes the the ride very spirited. It is a very responsive engine. It is tuned for better rideability than outright power. The throttle is also electronic and there is an option of limiting the amount of power derived from the engine. All of the above together makes sure you have an enjoyable and controlled ride under any condition. In city, it gets a bit uncomfortable because of the engine heat, and is what we experienced even in monsoon. Maybe it needs better heat dissipation or at least better protection.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 Ride and Handling
The bike is very easy to ride from the moment go. Once in motion the weight of the bike is completely camouflaged and you don’t feel riding something this heavy and big. The bike comes standard with ABS and Kawasaki’s proprietary traction control system which has three settings which allow you to control the amount of interference you would like to have while riding.
This has to be one of the nicest rides I have had in a long time. The long suspension travel and the ability to adjust the rear damper give you the ultimate control over your riding comfort. Fortunately or unfortunately we got to test this bike in torrential rain and it was a breeze to ride. None of the twitchiness you would find from either a sports bike or the laid back approach you get from the cruisers. This is a very nimble machine to ride in the traffic but it also feels completely at home on the highways. The engine is super refined and almost none of the vibrations seep through to the handle bars.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 Price
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is priced at INR 15 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai)
All I can say is Kawasaki has really uped the game when it comes to tourers with the Versys 1000. At INR 15 lakhs (on-road price), the Versys is a very good option to pick. It is well-built and feels premium. It is powerful, torquey and certainly gets that grin, which makes it priceless.