2016 VERSYS 1000

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On any street, the new Versys 1000 offers maximum riding enjoyment.  The highly responsive in-line four engine combined with a nimble chassis delivers sport performance in the most comfortable of settings.  A weekend solo scratch, the daily commute, the long distance tour; solo or two-up the Versys 1000 will handle all that you can throw at it.  The upright seating position, range of genuine accessories and and engine that loves to perform make the Versys 1000 the ideal city bike that comes alive on the twisty roads.

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2016 with 16 panniers

Overseas model fitted with optional accessories

Change Your View - Key Features

  • Sharp, Sporty Styling
  • Adjustable windscreen
  • ø43mm Inverted Forks
  • Petal Discs with the latest specification ABS
  • Genuine Accessories Range
  • Assist and Slipper Clutch
  • Centre Stand as Standard Equipment
  • Horizontal Back-Link Rear Suspension
  • Clean-mount Pannier System
  • Aluminium Twin-tube Frame
  • Thickly padded Seat
  • Large Volume 21 litre Capacity Tank
  • Wide Handlebars
  • Upright Riding Position
  • Substantial Payload
  • Power Mode Selection
  • 1043cm3 Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, In-line four cylinder engine
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Thickly Padded Seat

Deep cushioning and tailor-designed seat material offer superb comfort for long-distance riding. The seat's slim desing and the knee grip characteristics of the tanks afford good freedom of movement, allowing the rider to change sitting position. Thick urethane increases comfort and contributes to a seat height that places the rider in a position of fun controllability.

The rear seat is sculpted to support and "lock-in" the pillion.  Kawasaki's most comfortable and secure pillions seat on a sports touring bike.

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Centre Stand

The centre stand on the 2015 Versys 1000 is now a standard feature, offering increased utility and facillitating maintainence work.

A true sports touring bike feature, the centre stand. 

Essential to make the ongoing maintainence tasks like lubricating your chain and checking the tyre pressures, easier to do.

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Triple Petal Disc Brakes

Larger, ø310mm front petal discs gripped by opposed 4-piston calipers deliver stronger stopping power with good brake touch and feel.  The revised brake pad material offer stronger initial bite.

The latest-spec ABS is a standard feature on all Versys 1000 models.  The high-spec ABS unit is ultr compact, very lightweight and enables high precision ABS control.

True to the Versys 1000's envisioned riding environment, ABS settings are designed to facillitate controlled braking in a variety of street riding situations.

Sharp, Sporty Styling

Completely revised design package blends style, wind protection, aerodynamics and airflow management. The new twin headlamp design contributes to strong Kawasaki looks, while reflecting the Versys 1000’s abundant potential for fun, sporty riding. The sporty good looks give the Versys 1000 a stronger identity, and show the exciting sport riding offered by the nimble chassis and exhilarating in-line four engine.

  • The upper Cowl features a horizontally split design that is compact and sporty. The Versys 1000 face is now adorned with twin headlights arranged horizontally.
  • The front turn signals have been relocated (compared to the previous model) from the upper cowl to the shrouds to match the new headlight design
  • Tapered handlebar with a shorter rise adds tougher looks to the cockpit area, complemented by the new single-piece handlebar clamp
  • Revised mirror design adds the the fresh, sporty appearance
  • Heel guard pads prevent paint from being rubbed off, adding to th ehigh quality finish
  • Tachometer face is black
  • Striking finish on the silencer body and an aluminium die-cast end cap add to the overall appeal
  • The front brake reservoir tank adds a touch of class with the wedge shape design
  • The aerodynamic chin spoiler is both functional and superbly stylish, creating a front face that calls to mind a wicked grin of fun that will resemble you own smiling face as you ride the 2016 Versys 1000.

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Race Derived Clutch Technology

Race-inspired clutch technology offers both a back-torque limiting function as well as a much lighter feel at the lever.

Assist & Slipper Clutch was developed based on feedback from racing activities. The clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam), offering two new functions not available on the standard clutch of the previous model

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Sporty 17" Wheels

Lightweight 6-spoke wheels that measure 17" are ideal for sporty street performance.

The tyre selected for their road sports potential offer increased cornering performance for more fun in hills, increased high speed stability and a stronger on-road image to go with the Versys 1000 refreshed styling.

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Aluminium Twin Tube Frame

Aluminium twin tube frame design features frame beams that go over the engine, allowing a narrow construction that is easy to grip with your knees.

Lighweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member.  It contributes to handling, offering a firm, planted feel, good stability and light, nimble turning.

Setting the caster angle to 27° contributes to a good balance of high speed stability and neutral handling character that suits sporty street riding.


Real world riding occurs on streets that are often less than circuit smooth - road imperfections (bumps, holes) are far from rare, and some streets are not even sealed - Kawasaki engineers chose long travel suspension to enable riders to carve corners with aplomb.  The Versys 1000 is not designed for off-road use, but the long travel suspension's ability to cope with less than perfect street conditions allows the Versys to remain composed where-ever you take it.

  • At the fron the Versys 1000 is supported by ø43mm inverted cartridge type fork
  • Damping mechanism is now concentrated in the right fork tube
  • The front suspension is adjustable for rebound, compression and preload
  • Rebound and compression damping are about 30% less than on the previous model.  The more supple suspension setting contributes to improved rider comfort.
  • Longer outer tubes (20mm longer) increases fork rigidity.
  • Top out springs with revised, softer spring rate and increased length contribute to reduced shock at maximum extension, for increased stability
  • The horizontal back-link rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm
  • A 109N/m rear shock spring gives sport riding stability and enables the bike to perfom when fully loaded
  • A remote preload adjuster means changes to suit two-up riding or luggage can be made easily and by hand.
  • The rear shock is also adjustable for rebound damping


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Clean Mount Pannier System - Accessory

The mounting system for the accessory panniers allows the panniers to be attached and removed very simly, contributing to increased convenience.  Completely revised to allow the panniers to be better integrated with the rear of the bike, the clean mount system positions the panniers much closer to the bike centreline and thanks to the clean, clutter-free design, ensures the rear of the bike looks good with the panniers removed. (Available as accessory). Colour matched covers and details add to the high end finish of the Versys 1000.


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Wind Protection

Adjustable windscreen has a stepless range of approximately 75mm (previously 30mm). Height can be adjusted without tools (using two knobs on the front of the screen) to suit rider preference.

The greater range of adjustment contributes to increased wind protection and comfort.


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High Payload & Carrying Capacity

Robust steel pipe rear frame enables the substantial payload of 220kg. A lightweight resin rear carrier (6kg capacity) is fitted as standard equipment.

47L Top Case - Accessory

An accessory top case (and mount) can be fitted. The top case is rate to 5kg and the 47L size is large enough to fit two full face helmets. Colour coded accessory panels enhance the look of the bike.

Exciting Engine

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 is a 1043cm3 In-line Four, tuned for flexibility. Superb throttle response, strong torque at all rpm (especially in the lo-mid range) and a seductive intake howl ensure that every twist of the throttle delivers a physical and aural sensation that you will find addictive.

Z1000 based liquid cooled, DOHC, 16 Valve, 1043cm3 In-line four cylinder engine

  • * The addition of two more intake passages from 2015 (one below the main passage, one at the bottom of the airbox) improve the engine performance
  • * Connecting passageways added between the cylinders reduce pumping loss.  Maintian the power performance and achieve cleaner emmissions.
  • * Long-type Denso 12 hole fine atomising injectors with tapered holes (previously 8 hole) to give a more consistent droplet size
  • * Denso type ignition coils with reversed coils to minimise electrical interference
  • * Revised ignition timing matches the changes to the injectors, air cleaner and exhaust
  • * With the cowling, cooling performance is improved allowing the water-cooled oil cooler to be eliminated to save weight
  • * The high generator output (15.3A) at idling speed ensures sufficient generating capacity with a full complement of accessories

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16 instruments


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. Large analogue-style tachometer is complemented by a multi-function LCD screen controlled by a convenient handle switch. Revised meter face adds to sporty looks.

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Fuel Tank

21 litre fuel tank adds to the touring abilities of the 2015 Versys 1000.  With engine and transmission settings (calculated) range on one tank could be 400km. New design fuel guage inside the fuel tank enable a very precise estimation of the remaining range.

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Wide Handlebar

The wide handlebar offers easy control, especially at low speed manoeuvring. Positioned to offer natural grip, it allows the ridier's elbows to be slightly bent when sitting in a relaxed, upright stance.


3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)

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.


Power Mode Selection

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.

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ECO Mode

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.

Kawasaki Genuine Accessories

Talk to your local dealer for more information and availability.




16A foglamps

LED Fog Lamps

16 handguards

Hand Guards

16 gripheaters

Grip Warmers

gear position

Gear Position Indicator

power socket

40W DC Socket

helmet lock

Helmet Lock

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Radiator Guard

16A engine guard

Frame Sliders

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Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm³
Bore and Stroke 77 x 56 mm
Compression ratio 10.3:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump


Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear ratios: 1st 2.692 (35/13)
  2nd 1.950 (39/20)
  3rd 1.529 (26/17)
  4th 1.304 (30/23)
  5th 1.136 (25/22)
  6th 0.958 (23/24)
Final reduction ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Aluminium twin-tube
Wheel travel: front 150 mm
  rear 150 mm
Tyre: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
  rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) 27°
Trail 106 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 34° / 34°


43 mm inverted telescopic fork with stepless (right-side) adjustable rebound damping and adjustable preload
Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged with stepless rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability


Front: Type Dual semi-floating ø310 mm petal discs
  Caliper Dual opposed 4 piston with ABS
Rear: Type Single ø250 mm petal disc
  Caliper Single-piston with ABS


Overall length 2,240 mm
Overall width 895 mm
Overall height 1,400 mm/ 1,465 mm (with windscreen raised)
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass 250 kg (Includes full fuel tank)
Fuel capacity 21 litres


Maximum power 88 kW {120 PS} / 9,000 rpm
Maximum torque 102 N·m {10.4 kgf·m} / 7,500 rpm


 Metallic Flat Raw Titanium with Metallic Spark Black

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The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.

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Accessories for KLZ1000BFF 2015 VERSYS 1000

Aluminium Cover (Black)

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Aluminium plate - Black Anodized.

Aluminium cover (silver)

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Aluminium plate for KLZ1000 - Silver Anadized


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For optimal riding comfort for the pillion passenger. Features a faux leather stitched cover with a qualilty feel.


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BASEPLATE TOP CASE 47L2 for Versys 1000 top case.


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High capacity generator develops enough electricity to power a 40w accessory DC socket. The DC socket can be used to power small electronic devices.


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High capacity generator develops enough electricity to power a 40w accessory DC socket. The DC socket can be used to power small electronic devices.

DECO STRIPE KIT Candy Burnt Orange

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Deco stripe kit (candy burnt orange) for pannier set.


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LED fog lamps positioned in front of the radiator shrouds (just below the chin spoiler on the upper cowl) offer significantly increased night-time visibility.


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Optional extra part helps to protect your motorcycle but will not prevent all types of damage.

Gear Position Indicator

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Shows what gear the bike is currently in, through calculation using RPM and wheel speed. Bike is pre-wired, so installation is virtually plug-and-play.


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Optional part


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Hand guard set, black. (Brackets sold separately).


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The Kawasaki handguards are equipped with an aluminum bar for the stongest protection available. (Plastic shells sold separately).


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Optional part


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This nylon interior bag set (2 bags) keeps everything in place. They make it easy to carry luggage from the pannier cases. Comes with a mesh separator, handles and a carrying strap.

K PANNIER COVERS Candy Burnt Orange

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Candy Burnt Orange covers to complete the design of the panniers.

Lock set for Panniers (2 LOCKS)

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Allows for pannier locks to be programmed to the Bikes ignition key.


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One-key lock system for the topcase allows you to use the ignition key to conveniently unlocked and removed the topcase.


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Tankpads (side). Top quality gel-resin self-adhesive tank protector. Semi transparent allowing the original tank colour to show through.


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Quick release 56 litre pannier system that will hold most full-face helmets. Panniers attach to the factory handgrips and give a clean look when removed. Features our One-Key System: the bike ignition key also fits the pannier locks. For the system to work you need to order the following 5 parts: 1- Pannier Cases 2- Pannier Fitting Kit 3- Lock Set 4- Cover Set (Color) 5- Deco Stripe Kit (Color)

Pannier Fitting Kit

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Fitting kit for panniers for the Versys 1000 2015.


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Aluminium alloy radiator trim designed for protection. Black powder-coated with lasercut pattern.

Tank pad kit Versys 1000 2015-

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Top quality gel-resin self-adhesive tank protector


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Top case providing a spacious 47 litres of storage space. Will fit two of most full face helmets. Matching cover in bike color to be ordered separately, as well as the anodized aluminium deco plate. This system features the One-Key System, so you can conveniently open the topcase using your ignition key. Requires 5 parts: 1- Topcase 47L 2- Carrier Plate 3- Topcase Cover (in bike color) 4- Aluminium Deco Plate (Silver or Black anodized) 5- Lock Cylinder


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Colour matched top shell cover for the 47L topcase in Candy Burnt Orange (17L).


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A Transparent Protective Film to the 2x28L Panniers for the Ninja 1000. The Transparent film protects the colored pannier covers against scratches.


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Optional extra part.

Windshield (smoke)

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Smoke windshield in approximately the same shape and size as the standard windshield.


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Scratch-resistant windscreen, designed to provide additional rider comfort, in smoke color. This screen is approximately 45mm higher and 60mm wider than standard.