- The displayed model is the SE variant of the bike
- SE trim gets advance hardware and electronics
- The standard version of the bike is available for pre-bookings in India
Kawasaki showcased the 2019 version of its litre-class adventure tourer, the Versys 1000, at the ongoing Thai Motor Expo 2018. The Japanese bikemaker first unveiled the motorcycle at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy. It has received cosmetic, mechanical and electronic updates over the ongoing model. The bike displayed at the event was the SE trim which gets additional components such as fairing mounted lights, knuckle guards and advance suspension and electronics.
Kawasaki has given the modern Ninja-family styling to the 2019 Versys 1000. The motorcycle gets redesigned headlamps, sharp nose fairing and refreshed side panels. On the feature front, the motorcycle gets full-digital LCD screen that is new while its SE variant also boasts of Bluetooth connectivity. The six-axis IMU system is also a part of the update on the new version.
While the double tube aluminum truss frame remains unchanged on the bike, its 1043cc, in-line four-cylinder motor has been updated to deliver 120bhp and 102Nm of torque. Braking is handled by dual 310mm petal disc brakes on the front and 250mm single disc at the rear that work with KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Brake System) ABS for an added safety. Suspension duties are handled by conventional adjustable forks on the standard bike while the SE trim sports the KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension).
The 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is available for pre-bookings in India for the token amount of Rs 1.5 lakhs. However, the company has brought only the standard trim for now which comes in a single colour option of candy steel furnace orange.