A machine is developed for a reason. It could either make your life easy by easing your job or could make your life hell, by taking away your job. But there are some machines that could add some excitement to your life and the Versys 1000 was developed for the same. But do we really need a bike this big? Well, the answer would have been a straight no, if this article was being published in 2000 but over the last few years, things have changed drastically. I have put on a lot of weight and my mum still doesn’t like my tea. But on a serious note, things have really changed for motorcycle enthusiasts in terms of overall infrastructure. Additional perks are better and well-laid out roads and befriending technology.
With the help of smartphones and GPS, we are able to access areas which were inaccessible initially and this has made exploring quite an easy task. The price of the bikes have gone down as finally some of them are assembled here and not directly imported. And finally the most important change is the arrival of the right motorcycle to tour across the country. After touring on under-powered motorcycles for years, we have finally hit the jackpot. With the Tiger range, Triumph got the adventure bikes to India, whereas Suzuki started with the V-Strom 1000. This development prompted Kawasaki to introduce the Versys brand in India. While we expected something in the middle-weight category like the Versys 650 to come to the country, India Kawasaki Motors took the plunge and gave the Versys 1000 to India’s growing adventure and touring enthusiasts. Being just a three year old motorcycle, the Versys 1000 failed to get the required attention, partly, because of its boxy look. But with the 2015 version, the engineers at Kobe have tried to solve the same problem. We spent some time with this new Versys 1000 to find out if it is the answer to India’s growing purpose-based motorcycle enthusiasts.