It is an established fact that India being a price-sensitive market, we often receive the base version of premium motorcycles. Same is the case with the Kawasaki Versys 1000, the Japanese bikemaker’s versatile sport-tourer. Kawasaki also sells a higher variant of the Versys known as Versys SE in other markets which has a lot more goodies on offer, making it an even more desirable proposition. And for the MY2021, Kawasaki has added yet another variant in the Versys lineup, the Versys S which will sit between the base model and the SE model.
Being a mid-spec variant, it has a lot more goodies as compared to the base model but loses out on some as compared to the SE. Let’s have a detailed look at all the features now, shall we?
Like we mentioned earlier, the SE model being the top-of-the-line variant, it comes with features like smartphone connectivity, heated grips, cornering auxiliary lights, Kawasaki Quick Shifter, and even the company’s self-healing paint! The list doesn’t end here because the flagship variant also gets electronic suspension and in fact, for 2021, it has even received the Showa Skyhook system. On the other hand, the S variant gets most of the goodies like smartphone connectivity, heated grips, cornering auxiliary lights, a quickshifter and self-healing paint, but misses out on the electronic suspension. Instead, it gets suspension that is manually adjustable for preload and rebound damping, just like the bike sold in India.
As a result of this, Kawasaki has been able to shave almost €2000 off the SE’s price, placing the S at €14,568 (approx Rs 12.52 lakh). The Versys 1000 S will be available in three variants, standard, tourer and grand tourer, with all versions technically being identical, but with different luggage options as standard. The S’s kit also includes KTRC traction control, multiple engine and riding modes to alter the power and traction control settings, as well as Kawasaki’s anti-lock brakes which use an inertial measurement unit (IMU) to measure lean, pitch and acceleration.
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is powered by a revised, BS6 compliant 1,043 cc, liquid-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine. It produces a maximum power of 118bhp at 9,000rpm and a peak torque of 102Nm at 7,500 rpm, and comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. The output remains unchanged in comparison to the previous model. Speaking about the Versys 1000’s looks, it features twin-LED headlamps with a beak that makes for an aggressive front fascia. Both the rider and the pillion-rider seats are wide and long that supports longer journeys on the motorcycle.
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There is no official word from the company’s end that whether we will be getting more variants of the Versys in India or not so it is safe to assume that for the meantime, we will have to make do with the base variant only. The base variant costs INR 10.99 Lakh. There have been no changes in terms of equipment, styling and performance in the BS6 update of the Versys 1000. It is mainly available in two dual-tone colour options – Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black as well as Pearl Stardust White/Metallic Spark Black. Both the options have been given the same price tag.