Available in two further Edition models in the UK, the Versys S becomes a three machine line with a Standard model plus Tourer and Grand Tourer editions; each option being fitted with a gradually increasing number of touring items from panniers, handguards and a tank pad for the Tourer model. The ultimate spec is a comprehensive long-distance package for the Grand Tourer offering the most luggage space thanks to the addition of a 47l top case complementing the clean mount panniers with one key fitting every lock on the machine.
Equipped with manually adjustable Showa 43mm inverted front forks with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, the rear horizontal back-link suspension features a gas-charged Showa shock absorber with rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability.
Featuring an iconic Kawasaki sporting yet flexible four-cylinder across the frame motor at its heart, the adventure focused 1,043 cm3 Versys 1000 S benefits from electronic throttle valves which allow the adoption of electronic cruise control while Kawasaki's IMU linked cornering management function forms part of a comprehensive electronic rider aid and handling package.
The suite of electronic rider aids also includes KTRC traction control as well as selectable engine power modes to suit conditions and rider preference. The Versys 1000 S also comes as standard with integrated rider modes allowing the selection of three modes which automatically combine the most appropriate traction control and power settings for sport, road, rain plus a rider (manual) mode.
Practically speaking, the S ergonomic package is well thought through with a large adjustable height screen for protection from the elements and a seating arrangement that offers hour after hour comfort for rider and passenger alike. Additionally the Versys 1000 S can also be fitted with the accessory Low Seat (20 mm height reduction) which facilitates an easy reach to the ground.
Bringing the comfortable long travel suspension equipped machine to a halt, KIBS intelligent anti-lock brakes rely on powerful radial mount mono-block front brake calipers while LED headlamps ensure that the route ahead is clearly defined. In fact the Versys 1000 S is equipped with LED lighting throughout from main lighting to indicators, rear brake light and even licence plate illumination.
Additionally, a TFT meter panel and LED cornering lights form part of the specification along with a Kawasaki quick shifter for fast and seamless changes up and down the gearbox. This is allied to an assist and slipper clutch with a lighter handlebar lever action than the majority of its competitors.
The Kawasaki Rideology App delivers Smartphone connectivity to the Versys 1000 S meaning owners can “pair” with their bike via a Bluetooth connection and see riding logs and other machine specific information such as service and oil change intervals.
For 2021 the Versys 1000 S is also equipped with Kawasaki's Highly Durable paint which, via a “trampoline effect” of still semi-liquid molecules within the coating, can change the appearance of light scuffs back to standard looking paintwork using a high-tech recovery process.
Touring focus on the Versys 1000 S is ably handled with clever additions such as a dash-mounted 12V power source for powering not just satellite navigation systems but a host of other power-hungry essential items. Additionally the standard fitment of grip heaters, hand guards and a large height adjustable screen ensures total comfort – whatever the conditions. The Versys S story continues – now it's time to add your own chapter.