The Kawasaki Versys 1000 Grand Tourer sets new standards in its segment. It is fitted with a comprehensive list of modern technologies and promises to deliver an unforgivable riding experience each time you fire up its engine.

The motorcycle is powered by a 1,043 cc, liquid - cooled, 4 – stroke in-line, DOHC engine which generates a maximum power of 86.8 KW (118 PS ) at 9,000 rpm and 102 NM (10.4 KgfM) of torque at 7,700 Rpm. All this power is transferred to the rear wheel by means of a 6-speed transmission.

Among the features offered by the Kawasaki Versys 1000 Grand Tourer you will find a horizontal back-link rear suspension, ABS, KTRC and a 21 liters fuel tank.

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 Grand Tourer is available in Metallic Spark Black and Candy Lime Green colors.

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

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


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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 Grand Tourer Key Features:

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Topcase system 47L

Top case providing a maximum 47 litres of storage space. Will fit most full face helmets (two helmets). Exclusive Kawasaki design to match the style of the motorcycle. Comes complete with carrier base plate and colour matched cover.

Pannier Bags

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These Kawasaki branded zip up nylon pannier inner bags feature convenient carry handles and shoulder straps allowing you to safely store your gear with 34 litres of capacity in each bag.

Pannier system (2x35L)

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Rigid, steel sidecase carrier with stabilising brackets. Black powder coated. Lockable Monokey pannier cases with 2 x 35 litre capacity. Will fit most full face helmets. Including covers in body colour.


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Top quality gel-resin self-adhesive tank protector. 1-part shape featuring the bike logo, semi-transparent allowing the original tank colour to show through.

Power Modes

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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

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Compared to Kawasaki’s traditional Uni-Trak rear suspension, which mounts the shock unit vertically, with Horizontal Back-link rear suspension, the shock unit is almost horizontal. Kawasaki’s original suspension arrangement locates the shock unit very close to the bike’s centre of gravity, greatly contributing to mass centralisation. 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.


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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)

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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

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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 (excl. accessories)
Color Options Metallic Spark Black, Candy Lime Green
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