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Review: 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE

The Versys 1000 SE makes an ideal two-up sports-tourer with significant character changes at the flick of a button

Whereas the adventure-touring phase is receiving loads of accolades in the mean time, as individuals get adventurous, there’s lots occurring within the sports-touring phase as nicely, particularly when there’s little question many riders leaping on the journey bandwagon who’ll by no means do rather more than an unsealed street.

There’s nothing mistaken with that in fact, nevertheless it does beg the query whether or not one thing like Kawasaki’s extremely versatile Versys 1000 SE can be value a glance in, as an alternative of defaulting to an journey choice.

The Versys 1000 SE makes an ideal two-up sports-tourer with significant character changes at the flick of a button

The Versys 1000 SE makes a super two-up sports-tourer with vital character modifications on the flick of a button

Boasting Kawasaki’s arguably ‘next-gen’ digital suspension system with a super-fast 10ms pattern fee and an built-in electronics system on the SE, that is Kawasaki’s premium sports-tourer, in addition to a motorbike I’d be completely satisfied doing the every day commute on.

There’s a number of ordinary rider aids and methods which make the Versys 1000 SE an eye fixed catching machine, from traction management, Journey modes and cornering ABS, by means of to cruise management, bi-direction quickshifter and cornering lights, to call a number of.

The opposite huge draw card in my thoughts is the telephone connectivity, not which means your motorbike works like a cellular leisure system, however so your smartphone by way of an app can retrieve, edit and replace the digital settings on the bike, in addition to benefit from the telephone’s GPS system.

It doesn’t get any simpler than modifying your absolutely customisable Rider mode whenever you’re stopped for a espresso or break, so it may be up to date when the time involves set off once more, and also you’ll be capable of annoy your mates no finish bragging about this function. “You’ve acquired to be AT your bike utilizing the switchblocks to make these modifications… wow, that’s so 2018 mate!”

A clear TFT display further pairs with your phone so you can avoid using the switchblocks when making more drastic changes

A transparent TFT show additional pairs together with your telephone so you possibly can keep away from utilizing the switchblocks when making extra drastic modifications. There’s extra information than I’d want however it’s additionally easy and clear

There’s all day consolation because of generously proportioned ergonomics and a cushty, plush seat, which does imply the attain to the bottom isn’t the bottom at 840mm, particularly being comparatively large throughout the seat. For me at 180cm and on the long-legged aspect there was no points right here although. The tall and bigger bike proportions are integral to that all-day consolation.


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A tall display provides unimaginable ranges of wind safety, and an air-vent within the centre removes that unfavourable strain cell that some bikes exhibit. Additionally it is adjustable, whereas there’s handguards as normal fitment, with heated grips as fitted to this bike an non-compulsory additional.

A tall screen offers good wind protection and being a taller touring inspired machine ensures generous proportions with all day comfort

A tall display provides good wind safety and being a taller touring impressed machine ensures beneficiant proportions with all day consolation

Our check bike additionally had the real Kawasaki prime field and pannier set-up, which demonstrates what’s potential so far as storage is worried, and whereas costly choices, the standard is plain – sharing the ignition key and having color matched panels. Removing is straightforward, with a seamless mount system on the panniers and a further mounting bracket the one further requirement. Going for a sportier weekend run all I needed to fear about was someplace to place the panniers the place they wouldn’t get scratched, removing was 30-seconds a aspect, max.

We got the Versys 1000 SE decked out in full touring gear, including genuine Kawasaki Top Box and Panniers

We received the Versys 1000 SE decked out in full touring gear, together with real Kawasaki Prime Field and Panniers

We additionally had the Kawasaki spotlights and crash safety fitted, with the bike decked out in full touring regalia. As an on a regular basis rider I’d go the topbox, as you’ll be able to chuck a helmet and jacket in there securely and stroll away unencumbered with gear. See the accent breakout under for a run-down of what was fitted and the price.

Other non-standard components included fog lights, crash protection on the frame and front axle, a radiator guard, various protective stickers and heated grips

Different non-standard elements included fog lights, crash safety on the body and entrance axle, a radiator guard, numerous protecting stickers and heated grips

Shifting the bike round by hand is a little bit of a chore and I discovered it a lot simpler to do all that on board, however when you’ve began the bike up and are powering alongside it’s a secure, well-balanced and clean machine, even crawling via visitors.

I began off with Street mode, which gives full energy, with traction management on the mid-range setting, and ‘Regular’ digital suspension help, when you can set the rear preload in response to rider, rider and baggage, rider and pillion, and so forth. This is a perfect mode for the round city commute in visitors, whereas switching to Sport stiffens the suspension as much as match, and in addition gives a decrease degree of traction management intervention.

The Rider modes on the Versys 1000 SE really do offer an appreciable difference, with Rain being extremely soft, Road ideal for rough roads, and Sport my choice of all-round option.

The Rider modes on the Versys 1000 SE actually do supply an considerable distinction, with Rain being extraordinarily tender, Street perfect for tough roads, and Sport my selection of all-round choice.

Fact be advised aside from sampling Street and Rain in numerous circumstances, I spent most of my time in Sport mode. Rain provides the Low (L) energy setting and highest traction management intervention, with the digital suspension set to gentle, which is right if the circumstances actually deteriorate. At velocity on the freeway I did discover this setting a bit tender one-up.


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Rider mode permits full customisation of those settings to the rider’s wants, primarily permitting you to additional refine a mode that could be distinct from the presets, ultimate in your particular driving wants or circumstances, or just for enjoying round with the chances.

It’s value noting there’s simply Full and Low energy modes, in addition to three ranges of traction management (KTRC) plus off, whereas digital suspension might be set into Exhausting, Medium or Tender, with compression and rebound each adjustable +-5 in Rider mode. Whereas it’s an in depth electronics system, alongside the KIBS (ABS), cornering lights, TFT sprint, KQS (quickshifter), and so forth. there’s no countless ranges of (complicated) adjustability. Realistically I feel that’s a power on a sports-touring machine.

Powering the Versys 1000 SE there’s a standard 1043cc in-line four-cylinder powerplant, with 75lbs-ft of torque and simply shy of 120hp, which whereas not that spectacular on paper lately, belies an amazingly clean and very enjoyable engine. Acceleration is rocketship like, not essentially the craziest, however there’s an inevitable pull of acceleration that feels such as you’re breaking orbit.

The Versys 1000 SE features an in-line four-cylinder, with 120hp and is plenty capable of providing some thrills

The Versys 1000 SE options an in-line four-cylinder, with 120hp and is lots able to offering some thrills

Push these rpm greater and whereas the exhaust notice is nothing to put in writing residence about you’ll get a depraved induction scream, alongside that impression of countless rpm to discover earlier than energy tails off. These options mix to make for an intoxicating rush whenever you get to let unfastened, in addition to being completely addictive. Clear your weekends for driving in case you’re grabbing one among these machines!

The quickshifter and linkage has a spongy feel, which is a bit on the unusual side, but does the job

The quickshifter and linkage has a spongy really feel, which is a bit on the weird aspect, however does the job

A KQS quickshifter additionally provides some luxurious, working in each instructions, nevertheless the shift motion itself feels mushy, with Kawasaki explaining this can be a contactless quickshifter. That does imply there’s much less of a strong shift really feel when altering gears, because of the spongy motion of the linkage with quickshifter hooked up. It’s not dangerous, it’s simply totally different.

The clutch motion can also be straightforward and never too taxing, and I discovered myself utilizing it as a lot because the quickshifter, whereas a slip and help clutch ensures that basically aggressive downshifting gained’t break traction, which is much less of a priority on an in-line 4 like this.

Kawasaki obviously didn't set out to offer the higher figures on paper, however performance is refined and plentiful

Kawasaki clearly didn’t got down to supply the upper figures on paper, nevertheless efficiency is refined and plentiful

All this combines to create a degree of efficiency that’s partaking for normal street speeds and is clearly tremendous able to doing rather more. Gasoline financial system at our frantic testing tempo was additionally surprisingly good, if not within the realm of correct freeway touring. Complete gasoline capability is within the area of 21L as nicely, permitting for a powerful vary, which in the proper circumstances would in all probability prime out at about 500km, though I’d be on the lookout for a pit cease at 350-400km.


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The digital suspension is an fascinating addition and one factor I typically discover with these techniques is that should you’re used to conventional suspension it may be fairly an expertise coming to phrases with the electronics. The place conventional system might be harsh, wallowy and quite a lot of different points, it’s predictable if nothing else, whereas digital techniques are much more dynamic, particularly with adjustment out there on the press of a button.

Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension offers a dynamic solution with most of the adjustability via the electronics system

Kawasaki Digital Management Suspension gives a dynamic answer with a lot of the adjustability by way of the electronics system

With some kilometres underneath my belt I might actually respect the KECS on the Versys 1000 SE, when it’s working nicely it’s superb, with nice stability on the brakes and superb compression and rebound damping by means of that longer stroke suspension.

Having a fang in Sport mode was the apparent selection for a ‘Exhausting’ (sporty) set-up, whereas for the extra open bumpy nation roads I did discover the extra forgiving Street mode an occasional more sensible choice. There’s little question when you have been doing 800-1000km in a day you’d be having fun with Street, however the capacity to sharpen up the entire bike with Sport can’t be underestimated. On prime of this you’ve received the digital preload adjustability by way of a switchblock button for the rear, whereas as compared the entrance requires guide adjustment.

Alongside the KECS suspension the front brakes were a real standout for me

Alongside the KECS suspension the entrance brakes have been an actual standout for me

These entrance brakes are superior. I had some nice enjoyable ‘testing’ the braking potential by grabbing a handful to see simply how fast I might decelerate – on a transparent part of street with no different automobiles close by. Clearly the properly supported entrance fork system makes an enormous distinction right here, with minimal dive and nice stability.

The one space I did discover the Versys 1000 SE a handful was within the hairpin/tremendous tight corners and roundabout conditions the place that tall front-end required fairly a little bit of muscling, whereas within the extra typical flowing circumstances it was only a hoot to experience, and journey arduous. U-turns aren’t a problem by any means, however I simply discovered myself slowing greater than traditional for the actually tight stuff, which can simply come right down to familiarity with the bike, front-end and tyres.

The one area I found the Versys 1000 SE a handful was through the tight hairpin turns

The one space I discovered the Versys 1000 SE a handful was by way of the tight hairpin turns

General the Versys 1000 SE seems nice for my part, particularly with the panniers eliminated, whereas providing an distinctive general package deal. The electronics are all properly built-in and consumer pleasant, particularly out of your sensible telephone, whereas there’s touring consolation and on a regular basis ridability.

The SE is the one model made obtainable in Australia and at $22,499 + ORC the bike is a premium product however a superb experience on the Versys 1000 SE will give an perception into simply that. You’re benefiting from all the fashionable know-how on an already nice machine. Plus that nifty self repairing paint in a deep metallic ‘Emerald Blazed Inexperienced’!

2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE

2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE

It’s recommendation I’m more and more given as digital suspension turns into extra prevalent, however you actually do want an honest check journey to each check out the totally different settings, but in addition to get into the swing of the way it operates when you’re used to a standard system, so go organise a check on the Versys 1000 SE as we speak and ensure you get sufficient time to get a correct really feel for it!



I had a good time driving the Versys 1000 SE for a day tagging alongside to assist Kris with the photoshoot and to take Eri for a journey out to St Albans.

Even with a pillion, the Versys 1000 is a superb dealing with bike. It’s designed for 2 and there’s loads of room for rider and passenger, in addition to good seize rails and footpegs for the passenger, together with a beneficiant seat. With the panniers and prime field loaded with digital camera gear as properly, the bike is definitely heavy and wishes a number of muscling round, notably within the tighter corners and switchbacks, the place it turned fairly tiring on the decrease again and abdomen muscular tissues. We have been punting alongside at an honest fee, although, and the street was over 50km lengthy! Nonetheless, the Versys 1000 isn’t for the inexperienced rider. It wants to actually be informed the place to go… When you do, you’re rewarded with a very good dealing with tourer that may be ridden onerous, taking in something from clean twisties to massive mid-corner bumps. We have been even touching the footpegs down two-up on the quicker turns. It was prime enjoyable. And all in consolation!  

The digital suspension labored properly over the vary of circumstances I rode the bike in, though at occasions the rear damping was not doing a terrific job controlling the shock, because the rear would chill on the rebound. The forks are delicate, nevertheless, this gave a extra cozy experience and the commerce off wasn’t that a lot when pushing on.

The highest-heaviness when loaded up does make it a problem to get from full lean to full lean however as soon as the large 1000 is on its aspect, it tracks by means of a activate rails.
The brakes are nothing in need of sensational. They do an unimaginable job pulling the load up and have sportsbike really feel and energy. Sensational.
Clutch motion is mild and clean and the rear brake has good really feel, so low velocity driving is simpler to execute with that combo.

The engine is a cracker, an actual torque-house that pulls from proper off the underside and doesn’t flatten out till it will get near redline. There isn’t a top-end to talk of however the mid-range is spectacular. It’s arduous to consider it’s an inline 4 to be trustworthy. The gear ratios are extensive to benefit from that torque, nevertheless, the quickshifter was a bit of on the uninteresting aspect and by no means really felt it drove house a constructive shift.
I personally love the styling and end of the Versys 1000 and with extra time would have appreciated to discover the sprint and huge electronics however I selected to go away it the best way Kris had set it up for Eri and I to pillion on for the day.

2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Tech Speak

Kawasaki’s 2019 Versys 1000 arrives in Australia this yr with simply the SE mannequin imported, which means a number of further options included however with out the choice of a less expensive normal mannequin.

Highly durable paint has the ability to 'heal' minor scratches and marks when it warms

Extremely sturdy paint has the power to ‘heal’ minor scratches and marks when it warms

The highlights of the 2019 Versys 1000 SE embrace the complete color TFT LCD display and excessive finish electronics package deal with sensible telephone connectivity and administration by way of ‘Rideology The App’, Kawasaki Digital Suspension (KECS), plus the Extremely Sturdy Paint in Emerald Blazed Inexperienced with Pearl Storm Gray and is self repairing with lighter injury.

The liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder powerplant generates 120hp and 102Nm of torque, with the addition of Digital Throttle Valves (RbW) permitting the inclusion of cruise management, in addition to Kawasaki Traction Management (KTRC), Driving Modes and the Kawasaki Cornering Administration Perform (KCMF), with a Bosch IMU and 4 38mm downdraft throttle-bodies.

2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE

2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE

The Built-in Driving Modes supply three presets and a Rider mode which might be manually adjusted to regulate the varied digital methods, with smartphone connectivity and the ‘Rideology The App’ permitting riders to make straightforward modifications by way of their telephone, in addition to tweaking settings then pushing these settings to the bike.

As talked about cruise management is featured commonplace, as is the KQS or Kawasaki Fast Shift system, which permits seamless up and down shifting with out the clutch, however which operates above 2500rpm.

Kawasaki Digital Suspension can be set by way of the cellular app, with the 43mm forks providing KECS managed compression and rebound damping on the entrance, with manually adjustable preload, whereas the rear provides compression and rebound damping with electronically managed spring preload.

The high tech full colour dash is joined by a good ole fashioned tachometer

The excessive tech full color sprint is joined by a superb ole normal tachometer

For these not utilizing a telephone and the app, a full color TFT LCD sprint presents two show modes and a black or white background choice, in addition to together with auto brightness, and is managed by way of the fairly busy switchblocks, however in a comparatively consumer pleasant method.

Brakes are twin four-piston radial-mount calipers on the entrance with 310mm petal rotors, whereas a 250mm rear is slowed by a single-piston caliper, with each backed up by Kawasaki’s Clever Braking System (KIBS), which now consists of cornering performance.

An incredibly comfortable seat on the Versys 1000 SE ensures both rider and pillion comfort is well covered even for longer rides

An extremely snug seat on the Versys 1000 SE ensures each rider and pillion consolation is nicely coated even for longer rides

The whole moist weight is 256kg, with a 840mm seat peak and an choice for a decrease seat accent to scale back that additional to 820mm. The wheelbase is 1520mm, with a rake of 27 levels and path of 106mm, with suspension journey of 150/152mm entrance/rear.

Wheels are ‘light-weight’ 17in gadgets, clad in Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T31 rubber in 120/70 – ZR17 and 180/55 – ZR17 sizes.

Wheels are 'lightweight' options according to Kawasaki with Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T31 tyres

Wheels are ‘light-weight’ choices based on Kawasaki with Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T31 tyres

The Versys 1000 SE as examined by additionally included quite a lot of equipment together with the Prime Field Package ($660.22 RRP) and Again Relaxation ($72.00 RRP), Panniers with needed equipment (1884,93 RRP), plus the pannier protecting movie ($90.00 RRP), in addition to Axle Sliders ($139.45 RRP), Body Slider Package ($275.45 RRP), Radiator Guard ($121.51 RRP), Fog Lights ($704.19 RRP), Heated Handgrips ($369.56 RRP), Tank Pad ($97.00 RRP) and Helmet Lock ($177.80 RRP).

2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Specs

Worth: $22,499 + ORC
Guarantee: Two-year, limitless kilometre
Colors:  Emerald Blazed Inexperienced / Pearl Storm Gray

Claimed Energy: 120hp[88.2kW]@9000rpm
Claimed Torque: 102Nm[75.2lbs-ft]@7500rpm
Moist weight: 256kg
Gasoline capability: 21L

Engine: Liquid-cooled, parallel-twin, four-stroke, DOHC, 649cc, 83 x 60mm bore x stroke, 10.eight:1 compression, KCMF, Bosch IMU, KTRC, Driving Modes
Clutch: Help & Slipper Clutch
Gearbox: Six-speed

Chassis: Aluminium twin-tube body, five-piece forged aluminium development, metal pipe trellis sub-frame
Rake: levels Path: 106mm

Suspension: 43mm inverted fork with KECS-controlled compression and rebound damping, guide spring preload adjustability and top-out springs, 150mm journey, Horizontal Again-link BFRC lite gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir, KECS-controlled compression and rebound damping, and digital spring preload adjustability, 152mm journey

Brakes: Kawasaki Clever anti-lock Brake System (KIBS aka ABS), twin 310mm entrance petal discs, four-piston radial-mount monobloc calipers, radial master-cylinder, 250mm rear petal rotor, single-piston caliper

Wheels & tyres: ‘Light-weight 17in wheels’, 120/70 – ZR17, 180/55 – ZR17, Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T31

Seat peak: 840mm
Wheelbase: 1520mm
General size: 2270mm
General peak: 1530mm
General width: 950mm

Devices: TFT LCD display, two show modes, black or white background choices

Normal fitment on SE: Kawasaki Fast Shift (KWS), LED Cornering Lights, Digital Cruise Management, Hand Guards, Extremely Sturdy Paint, Giant windscreen, Smartphone Connectivity (syncs to Rideology the App)

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