The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is one of the most versatile motorcycles designed by the Japanese manufacturer.

The motorcycle is powered by a liquid - cooled, 4 - stroke, in-line four, DOHC engine with a displacement of 1,043 cm³. The unit is mated on a six speed transmission and delivers a maximum output of 86.8 KW (118 PS) at 9,000 Rpm and 102 NM (10.4 KgfM) at 7,700 rpm.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine is fueled by a large-volume fuel tank which has a capacity of 21 liters. The fuel tank delivers a range of up to 400 km.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the motorcycle is offered with a power mode feature which gives you the possibility to selected between Full and Low Power with the latter delivering approximately 75-80% of the engine’s power.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Versys 1000.

  • 2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
  • Transmission:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
  • Torque @ RPM:
  • Energy:
    Fuel Injection
  • Displacement:
    1043 cc
  • Top Speed:
    136 mph (Est.)


2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558993

Roads less travelled

The new Versys 1000 combines contemporary cutting-edge style with Kawasaki’s unique engineering approach. Enjoy the roads less travelled and realise your distance dreams on the multi-purpose Versys 1000.

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Key Features:

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558992

Next-generation KYB 43 mm Inverted Fork

Fixing the cylinder inside the fork inner tube allows a larger cylinder diameter to be achieved: 25 mm (compared to 20 mm on a conventional fork). The larger piston size contributes to a very composed suspension action.

Aluminium Twin-tube Frame

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558991

Aluminium twin-tube frame design features frame beams that go over engine, allowing a narrow construction that is easy to grip with the knees. Lightweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member.

Responsive Engine

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558990

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 In-line Four with a bore and stroke of 77.0 x 56.0 mm offers strong low-mid range torque with smooth power delivery. Compared to the Z1000, the engine delivers a stronger low-mid range with a slightly reduced peak power. Both peak power and torque occur at lower rpm than on the Z1000.

Impressive In-Line Four

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558989

To maximise the Versys 1000’s fun factor, engineers wanted to provide the most exciting engine possible. The engine needed to deliver more than just performance figures. The engine they chose was a 1,043 cm3 In- line Four, tuned for flexibility. Superb throttle response, strong torque at all rpm (especially in the low-mid range), and a seductive intake howl ensure that every twist of the throttle delivers a physical and aural sensation that riders may easily find addictive.

Multi-purpose Tyres

Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres are matched to the chassis, offering excellent stability at highway speeds and good grip on a variety of street surface conditions.

Sporty 17” Wheels

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558988

Lightweight 6-spoke wheels measure 17” – ideal for this multi-pupose machine while also encouraging sporty street riding.

Adjustable front fork

The fork is adjustable for rebound damping (right-side only) and preload.

Easy adjustable rear shock

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558987

A remote preload adjuster means changes to suit tandem riding or luggage can be made quickly and easily by hand.

Slim design seat

The seat’s slim design and the knee grip characteristics of the tank afford good freedom of movement, allowing the riders to change sitting position should they so choose. Thick urethane increases comfort and contributes to a seat height that places the rider in a position of controllability. The stepped shape of the seat also provides support for the rider when accelerating.

Wide, rigid-mount handlebar

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558982

Wide, rigid-mount handlebar offers easy control, especially for low-speed manoeuvring. Positioned to offer a natural grip, it allows the rider’s elbows to be slightly bent when sitting in a relaxed, upright stance.

Functional bodywork

Functional bodywork was designed to offer increased wind protection. Complementing the windscreen, voluminous front cowling sides and flared side fairings help protect the rider’s legs from the elements, further contributing to rider comfort.

Adjustable windscreen

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558980

The adjustable windscreen has a stepless range of approximately 30 mm. Height can be adjusted by hand and without tools (using two knobs on the front of the screen) to suit rider preference.

Comfortable passenger grip

Ergonomic grab bars provide comfortable passenger grips.

High Payload & Carrying Capacity

Robust steel pipe rear frame enables the substantial payload of 220 kg.

Rubber coated footpegs

Spacious riding position is complemented by footpegs with (hollow) rubber coatings. Footpeg brackets are also rubber mounted to further dampen vibrations.

Rider & Passenger Comfort

2014 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Exterior
- image 558979

Thickly padded seat (about double the cushioning of the Z1000 seat) provides the comfort to enable 1000+ kms in the saddle. The rear seat has even deeper cushioning, and is probably Kawasaki’s most comfortable passenger perch. Seat leather material was carefully selected and a great deal of effort was spent to ensure a good fit. The front seat uses different material than the sides and rear. A two-tone design is used on WHT models.


Tough-design multi-function instrumentation includes an analogue-style tachometer and LCD with speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, clock, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, and external air temperature.

High Fuel Efficiency

Advanced ECU programming contributes to the Versys 1000’s high fuel efficiency. Careful adjustment of fuel volume and ignition timing when speed is constant improves fuel consumption without compromising driveability.

Large-volume Fuel Tank

21 L fuel tank contributes to the Versys 1000’s touring potential. With engine and transmission settings, range (calculated) on one tank could be 400 km. New-design fuel gauge inside the fuel tank enables a very precise estimation of remaining range. By displaying an average reading, slopes do not affect the reading.


Taillight and rear turn signals are positioned for good visibility even when using the optional top-case and panniers.

Power Modes

Power modes offer riders an easily selectable choice between Full and Low Power. While Full Power is unrestricted, in Low Power mode maximum power is limited to approximately 75-80% of Full. Response is also milder in Low Power mode. Riders may opt to use Low Power mode for rainy conditions or city riding, and Full Power when sport riding. Available on the Ninja ZX-14R / ZZR1400, Versys 1000 and other key models, when combined with the 3-mode KTRC (+ OFF) traction control system, Power Mode selection offers a total of eight combinations (KTRC: Mode 1/2/3+OFF x Power Mode: Full/Low) to suit a wide range of riding situations. For example, an experienced rider enjoying sport riding on dry pavement might choose Full Power and Mode 1. On a wet or slippery surface, choosing Low Power and Mode 3 would yield the lowest chance of incurring wheel spin, and with the milder throttle response would offer a high level of riding safety.

Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension

And because there is no linkage or shock unit protruding beneath the swingarm, this frees up space for a larger exhaust pre-chamber (an exhaust expansion chamber situated just upstream of the silencer). With a larger pre-chamber, silencer volume can be reduced, and heavy exhaust components can be concentrated closer to the centre of the bike, further contributing to mass centralisation. The result is greatly improved handling. Another benefit is that the shock unit is placed far away from exhaust heat. Because it is more difficult for heat from the exhaust system to adversely affect suspension oil and gas pressure, suspension performance is more stable. Horizontal Back-link rear suspension offers numerous secondary benefits like this.


Sudden over-application of the brakes, or braking on low-grip surfaces (surfaces with a low coefficient of friction) such as wet asphalt or manhole covers may cause a motorcycle’s wheel(s) to lock up and slip. ABS was developed to prevent such incidents. Kawasaki ABS systems are controlled by high precision and highly reliable programming formulated based on thorough testing of numerous riding situations. By ensuring stable braking performance, they offer rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment. And to meet the special requirements of certain riders, specialised ABS systems are also available. For example, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, enabling sport riding to be enjoyed by a wider range of riders. And by linking the front and rear brakes, K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS provides the confidence to enjoy touring on heavyweight models. Kawasaki is continually working on the development of other advanced ABS systems.

KTRC (3-mode)

3-mode KTRC combines the traction control technology of both 1-mode KTRC, which provides enhanced stability in slippery situations by preventing wheel slip, and S-KTRC, which helps maintain optimum traction in sport riding situations by predicting the rear wheel slip ratio during acceleration, into a single system. The convenient handle switch allows the type of traction control to be changed instantly by selecting one of the three modes, even while riding. Modes 1 and 2 maintain optimum traction during cornering, like S-KTRC. Designed with sport riding in mind, they enable sharp acceleration out of corners by maximising forward drive from the rear wheel. Modes 1 and 2 differ in the amount that they intervene. Mode 1, set for dry, good-grip road conditions, maintains the ideal slip ratio to ensure optimum traction. Mode 3 operates like 1-mode KTRC, reducing power to allow grip to be regained when rear wheel spin is detected. It is ideal when riding in slippery conditions or in the wet. Enabling riders to easily change traction control character, 3-mode KTRC is Kawasaki’s most advanced engine management system.

Economical Riding Indicator

Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced. While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.

Dual Throttle Valves

Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance. On fuel-injected models, throttle bodies generally have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased. Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of "following the rider’s intention, while providing natural-feeling support." They are featured on many Kawasaki models.


Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm³
Bore x stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.3:1
Valve/Induction system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Maximum power 86.8 kW 118 PS / 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque 102 N•m 10.4 kgf•m / 7,700 rpm
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final Drive Sealed chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.692 (35/13)
Gear ratios: 2nd 1.950 (39/20)
Gear ratios: 3rd 1.529 (26/17)
Gear ratios: 4th 1.304 (30/23)
Gear ratios: 5th 1.136 (25/22)
Gear ratios: 6th 0.958 (23/24)
Final reduction ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame type Aluminium twin-tube
Rake/Trail 27° / 107 mm
Wheel travel, front 150 mm
Wheel travel, rear 150 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Steering angle, left / right 34° / 34°
Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs Caliper: Dual opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear Single 250 mm petal disc Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front 43 mm inverted fork with 12-way rebound damping (right fork) and stepless spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,235 mm x 900 mm x 1,405 mm ( 1,430 mm high position screen)
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Ground Clearance 155 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 845 mm
Curb Mass 239 kg
Color Options Metallic Spark Black, Candy Lime Green
What do you think?
Show Comments
Motorcycle Finder: