Kawasaki Unveils the 2012 Versys 1000

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Kawasaki have expanded their Versys range, adding a larger displacement big sister (239 kg big) to their original 650 cc “adventure-sport” model.  The Versys 1000 is built around the 1,043 cc inline-four, liquid-cooled engine from Kawasaki’s Z1000, here detuned for stronger low-to-mid range power and accordingly rated at only 116 hp in contrast to the Zed’s claimed 138 hp. Power on the Versys 1000 though comes in a lower part of the rev range for increased usability and is available in two selectable modes: full or low. The low power setting reduces output to 75% of full and mellows throttle response to suit less than ideal road conditions.

The Versys 1000 also features a new three-level traction control system that uses elements of the both KTRC system found on the new ZZR1400 and the S-KTRC of the ZX-10R. Also standard is ABS, which helps control stopping power provided by 4-piston caliper, 300 mm petal front discs and a single-piston caliper 250 mm petal rear disc. Wheels are 17 inch six spokes, while a revised 43 mm KYB fork, adjustable for pre-load and rebound damping only, suspends the front and a similarly adjustable back-link shock does duty at the rear. The big Versys has a 21 litre fuel-tank and to ensure rider comfort on the long haul, features a slim thickly-padded seat, wide handlebars, and functional bodywork designed to offer increased wind protection, says Kawasaki.

The Versys 1000 comes finished in white or metallic grey with a msrp of $13,999.

 

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