Kawasaki gives the Versys 1000 a makeover

It’s not just the Versys 650 that’s being updated for 2015. Kawasaki has applied a similar treatment to the larger Versys 1000, too.

Without a doubt the greatest improvement is to the styling. A completely redesigned fairing, which is reckoned to offer better wind protection, features dual headlights and a new more adjustable screen.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2015) Side 1

Modifications to the twin-tube aluminium frame have increased the bike’s payload capacity and, to make the most of that, an optional one-key pannier set is available. Furthermore, a centre stand is now fitted as standard.

Power still comes from a 1,043 cc four-cylinder engine, but power has risen by a negligible 2 bhp to 118 bhp (88 kW / 120 PS). Peak torque meanwhile is unchanged at 102 Nm (75 lb/ft).

One downside to the revisions is an increase in kerb weight. The 2015 Versys 1000 tips the scales at 250 kg (551 lbs), which is 11 kg (24 lbs) more than its predecessor. A small reduction in seat height from 845 mm (33.3”) to 840 mm (33.1”) might compensate a little for the extra bulk, though.

Kawasaki has yet to confirm UK pricing.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2015) Front SideKawasaki Versys 1000 (2015) Side 2

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