Kawasaki’s Versys SE ups the game
The full-spec details of the radically updated roadster make for great news.
Last month we managed to get some early detail of the big Kawasaki for 2019 and now we have all the details about what Big Green has done to the Versys and Versys SE.
And what the factory has added to the already popular bike in what is a big shake-up for 1043cc inline fourcylinder motorcycle is quite amazing. Here’s the details:
1/ NEW inline four engine
The 1043cc inline four has, according to Kawasaki, strong torque at all rpm (especially in the low-mid range), and a new intake howl. Electronic throttle valves are used for the first time on the 2019 Versys and the bike has of Electronic Cruise Control.
The electronic throttle valves mean ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position, which means smooth response and prime engine output at all throttle positions while the bike also gets an assist and slipper clutch which gives both a back-torque limiting function as well as a light lever feel.
2/ Long-travel suspension + sporty 17in Wheels
Lightweight 17in wheels front and rear mean quick, sporty handling.
3/ NEW KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function)
Using feedback from a compact Bosch IMU, the KCMF system monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner, modulating brake force and engine power for a smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, helping bike and rider keep on a consistent line through a corner. On the Versys 1000, KCMF oversees the following systems: ■ KECS (this is on the SE version only) ■ KIBS (including pitching management and corner braking management)
4/ NEW radial-mount front brake calipers
The ø310mm front petal discs are now gripped by highly rigid radial-mount monobloc calipers complemented by a radial-pump front brake master cylinder.
5/ KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System)
KIBS is now standard equipment on the Versys 1000. This is the same base system used on the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R, with programming and settings revised to suit street riding needs.
6/ NEW KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) (SE)
KECS adapts to road and riding conditions in real time, providing the ideal amount of damping. KECS also includes electronically adjustable rear preload. Riders can choose from three payload modes (each with +5/-5 adjustment): ■ Rider only ■ Rider with luggage ■ Rider with passenger and luggage
7/ NEW integrated riding modes (SE): Sport, Road, Rain, Rider (manual)
All-inclusive modes that link KTRC, Power Mode and KECS allow riders to set traction control, power delivery and suspension character to suit a given riding situation.
8/ NEW KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) (SE)
Enables clutchless upshifts and downshifts for seamless acceleration and quick and easy deceleration.
9/ NEW adjustable windscreen
The adjustable windscreen can now be adjusted from the rider’s seat.
10/ NEW two available seats
Two front seats are available: the standard Comfort Seat features thicker urethane cushioning, providing the comfort to enable long hours in the saddle, while offering taller riders a relaxed knee bend angle. The accessory Low Seat (20mm lower) comes from Kawasaki’s Ergo-Fit accessory range.
11/ NEW LED lights
Each of the new LED headlamps features low and high beams as well as position lamps. Each of the three builtin cornering lights has a fixed direction and is activated based on lean angle. 12/ NEW instrumentation
The analogue-style tachometer is complemented by a full digital LCD screen (STD model), or a high-grade full colour TFT LCD screen (SE model).
13/ NEW Highly Durable Paint (SE)
Kawasaki’s new Highly Durable paint and Highly Durable matte paint feature a special coat that allows scratches to repair themselves.