-Versys 1000 is no longer available in India
-Likely to be relaunched as a new model by the end of 2024
-Road-biased adventure tourer was known for its mile munching abilities
Kawasaki has removed the Versys 1000 from its Indian website, indicating that the sports adventure tourer is no longer available in our market. While there is no official word yet, our sources tell us that it is likely that the company has taken this step to make way for a new model that is expected towards the end of this year. Interestingly, the Versys 1000 is still on sale in markets like the UK.
The Versys 1000 is a road-focused adventure tourer and is widely regarded for its effortless, mile munching abilities. The bike is powered by a 1043cc, inline-four engine that makes 120bhp and 102Nm. It is smooth, tractable and has enough in reserve to pull quick overtakes on the highway. The engine also managed the odd city runs without throwing any tantrums.
The other factors that made it a good tourer are the wide and comfy seats, the upright riding position as well as the wind protection offered by its adjustable windscreen. Some would argue that the styling was a bit of a hit or miss, especially when you consider the 17-inch wheels that the bike rides on in comparison to the expansive bodywork or the sheer size of the bike. Nevertheless, it was surprisingly easy to maneuver, even in congested city traffic.
While the Versys 1000 never sold in big numbers in India, it did reasonably well and we are waiting to see what Kawasaki comes up with when it launches the next iteration, maybe around the end of this year. We could expect to see more features, updated electronics and possibly an E20 compliant engine.