Kawasaki has announced the launch of the 2021 Versys 1000 in the Indian market. The 2021 model carries a price premium of Rs 20,000 over the 2020 version, although it does not receive any cosmetic or mechanical upgrades. Here we list the top five highlights of the 2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000.
As aforementioned, the 2021 model does not get any cosmetic upgrades over the 2020 version. Thus, the motorcycle continues to pack a twin-pod headlight setup, semi-fairing design, adjustable windscreen, and split-style seats. The feature list on the motorcycle comprises of full-LED lighting, a digital instrument cluster, and an optional DC socket. The only colour option available in the Indian market is the Candy Lime Green with Metallic Spark Black.
The mechanical specifications continue to feature a 1,043cc, inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that delivers 118.2bhp of power at 9,000rpm and 102Nm of peak torque at 7,500rpm. The motor is linked to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. Kawasaki claims that the engine delivers strong low-mid range torque and smooth power delivery.
The electronic rider aids include electronic cruise control, Kawasaki Cornering Management Functions (KCMF), Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), and Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS). The instrument cluster, however, still doesn’t feature Bluetooth connectivity function.
In the international market, Kawasaki has added Showa’s Skyhook EERA (Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment) technology to the Versys 1000. The Indian market, however, does not get that feature. The India-spec model continues to use 43mm upside-down front forks and a rear mono-shock – both featuring rebound and preload adjustability. The anchoring setup includes twin 310mm discs at the front and a single 250mm rotor at the back.
The 2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000 has been priced at Rs 11.19 lakh (ex-showroom). The bookings for the motorcycle are open.