We couldn’t peel our eyes of the 2015 Versys the first time we saw it at the INTERMOT last year. And now, in a move to expand their product range, Kawasaki has launched the Versys 1000 ABS right here in India. We couldn’t be happier about it!
The adventure tourer now features sharper headlamps, with an air scoop wedged neatly between them. In addition to this, a three-way adjustable windscreen also finds its way on the fairing. Cowls around the body have also been redesigned for better aerodynamics and ergonomics. The Versys is powered by the same 1043cc inline four-cylinder engine which also powers the Z1000 and Ninja 1000. However, the torque characteristics are now low-end and mid-range oriented. The Versys makes 120 PS at 9,000 RPM and peak twist of 102 Nm at 7,500 RPM from that in-line four.
In a true adventure-tourer style, the Versys stands tall, riding USD forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. It sheds its speed with the twin-petal discs at the front and a single disc at the rear. Electronics package includes three-stage KTRC traction control, ABS and two-level engine power modes. The bike has been launched at Rs 12.90 lakh (ex-showroom), working out to Rs 14.28 lakh (OTR, Pune) and is being brought via the CBU route. Keep an eye out for the first ride report in our magazine in the near future.
Story: Aniruddha Mulgund