2021 VERSYS 1000 S


Any Road, Any Time.

Kawasaki’s Versys 1000 was designed to offer maximum riding enjoyment across a wide variety of street riding situations. Whether riding solo or two-up, around the corner or around the globe, this fun-to-ride road-sport bike’s combination of a highly responsive In-Line Four engine tuned for flexibility, and a nimble chassis fitted with dynamic suspension is sure to have riders smiling broadly in their helmets. Its relaxed, upright riding position offers a high level of machine control, and is complemented by a highly comfortable seat and good wind protection, making it easy to spend a long time in the saddle. The new Versys 1000 S offers all the great features of the Versys 1000 SE except KECS.

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Key Features

  • ø43mm Inverted Forks
  • Horizontal Back-Link Rear Suspension with preload adjustment
  • Petal Brake Discs with KIBS ABS
  • Assist and Slipper Clutch
  • KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) (Up and Down Shifting)
  • TFT Full Colour Meter
  • ECO Indicator
  • Integrated Riding Modes (Sport, Sport, Rain, Rider-manual)
  • Electronic Cruise Control
  • Bluetooth connection to the Meter
  • Rideology the App for smartphone
  • All-LED lighting
  • Twin LED Headlights
  • LED Cornering Lights

Key Features

  • Highly Durable Paint
  • KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)
  • KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Braking System)
  • KCMF (Kawasaki Corner Management Function)
  • Bosch Inertial Measuring Unit
  • Handlebar Hand Guards
  • Clean-mount Pannier System
  • Aluminium Twin-tube Frame
  • Thickly Padded High Comfort Seats
  • 21 litre Capacity Tank
  • Upright Riding Position
  • Power Mode Selection
  • 1,043cm³ Liquid-Cooled, 4-stroke, In-line four cylinder engine
  • Large Adjustable windscreen
  • Centerstand as Standard Equipment
  • Large Range of Genuine Accessories

3 Mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)

Three modes cover a wide range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind under certain conditions to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence. Riders can choose from three modes. Mode 1 prioritises forward acceleration. Mode 2 offers a balance between acceleration performance and rider reassurance. Mode 3 provides rider reassurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces. Riders may also elect to turn the system off.

Electronic Cruise Control

Kawasaki’s cruise control system allows a desired speed to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle. This reduces stress on the right hand when traveling long distances,
enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort.Operation of the Electronic Cruise Control is conveniently from the left handle. The system can be engaged with the touch of a button.

Bosch IMU

Kawasaki IMU enables inertia along 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) to be monitored. Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch rate are measured. The yaw rate is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki original software. Additional feedback from the IMU gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation. In addition to more precise management, feedback from the IMU enables KIBS to incorporate an additional function. Corner braking management assists riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. Bosch’s latest IMU is highly compact and very lightweight, weighing only 40 g.

KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function)

The strength of Kawasaki’s cutting-edge electronics has always been the highly sophisticated programming that, using minimal hardware, gives the ECU an accurate real-time picture of what the chassis is doing. Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program makes skilful use of the magic formula tyre model as it examines changes in multiple parameters, enabling it to take into account changing road and tyre conditions. Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modelling software and feedback from a compact Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner.

KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System)

Kawasaki’s supersport-grade high-precision brake management system is now standard equipment on the Versys 1000 S. This is the same base system used on the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R, with programming and settings revised to suit the street performance parameters and long-travel suspension of the Versys 1000.

Integrated Riding Modes

All-inclusive modes that link KTRC and Power Mode allow riders to efficiently set traction control and power delivery to suit a given riding situation. Riders can choose from three settings (Sport, Road, Rain) or a manual setting (Rider). In the manual Rider mode, each of the systems can be set independently. Sport: enables riders to enjoy sporty riding on winding roads. Road: offers comfortable riding over a wide range of situations, from city riding to highway cruising and rural roads. Rain: offers rider reassurance when riding on a wet road surface. The riding mode can be changed while riding, using the button at the left handle.

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

Complementing the Versys 1000 SE’s exhilarating engine character, a contactless-type quick shifter enables clutchless upshifts and downshifts for seamless acceleration and quick and easy deceleration. During acceleration, the system detects that the shift lever has been actuated, and sends a signal to the ECU to cut ignition so that the next gear can be engaged without having to use the clutch. During deceleration, the KQS system automatically controls engine speed, allowing you to downshift without operating the clutch. KQS does not function below 2,500 rpm.

Power Mode Selection

A choice of Full Power or Low Power modes allows riders to set power delivery to suit preference and conditions. While output at lower rpm is the same, Low Power mode limits output to approximately 75% of Full Power and uses a milder throttle response. (Reduction of both power and throttle response varies according to engine speed (rpm), throttle position and gear position.)

High-Class Instrumentation

New instrumentation with an advanced, high-tech design gives the Versys 1000 cockpit a very high-class appearance. The analogue-style tachometer is complemented by a full digital high-grade full colour TFT LCD screen. The VERSYS 1000 S model’s screen enables information to be displayed graphically. Two selectable display modes allow riders to prioritise the information they want to see depending on the kind of riding they are doing at the time.

Comfort Seat

The aptly named Comfort Seat features thicker urethane cushioning to provide the comfort to enable long hours in the saddle, while offering taller riders a relaxed knee bend; and the Optional Accessory Low Seat (20 mm lower) prioritises an
easy reach to the ground.


Radial-Mount Front Brake Calipers

The ø310 mm front petal discs are now gripped by highly rigid radial-mount monobloc calipers complemented by a radial-pump front brake master cylinder, contributing to superb feel and formidable stopping power.


Assist & Slipper Clutch

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


LED Cornering Lights

Lights built into the shrouds help illuminate the road when cornering at night. Each of the three lights has a fixed direction and is activated based on lean angle. As the bike leans over, the lights come on in order, creating a wider illuminated path in the direction the bike is heading.


Twin LED Headlamps

Each of the new LED headlamps features low and high beams as well as a position lamp. Highly visible, the new headlamps offer significantly increased brightness to illuminate the way on night rides.


All-LED Lighting

From the new twin headlamps and compact LED turn signals to the new LED taillight and LED license plate bulb, the Versys 1000 SE offers an all-LED lighting package.


Handy Covers

Hand covers offer increased wind protection, which translates to added comfort when riding in cold weather. They also offer general protection for the rider’s hands. Optional Accessory Grip heaters provide increased comfort on cold days. They fully enclose the grips, ensuring excellent warmth.


Long -Travel Suspension Sporty 17" Wheels = Fun Sports Riding on a Variety of Street Conditions

Because real world riding occurs on streets that are often less than circuit smooth – road imperfections (bumps, potholes) are far from rare, and some streets are not even paved (cobblestone, etc) – Kawasaki engineers chose long-travel suspension to enable riders to carve corners with aplomb. While not designed for off-road use, the long-travel suspension’s ability to cope with less-than-perfect street conditions allows the Versys 1000 S to remain composed where bikes with stiffer, sportier set-ups would require backing off the throttle. Lightweight 17” wheels front and rear contribute to quick, sporty handling

Sporty 17" Wheels

Lightweight 6-spoke wheels that measure 17" are ideal for sporty street performance. Tyres selected for their road sports potential offer superb cornering performance for more fun in the hills, great high-speed stability, and a strong on-road image to go with the Versys 1000 S’s sporty character. Compared to the tyres used on the 2015-2018 model, overall grip performance (including in wet conditions) and feel from the road are both improved.


The VERSYS 1000 S features a large windscreen, the range of adjustability is 40 mm. Height can now be adjusted from the rider’s seat (without tools, using two knobs on the inside of the screen) to suit rider preference.

Clean Mount Pannier System - Accessory

The mounting system for the accessory panniers enable simple, clean mounting, keeping the panniers much close to the bike center-line ensures the rear of the bike looks good with or without the panniers. (Available as accessory). Colour matched covers available.

Wind Protection

The VERSYS 1000 S model’s large windscreen is equipped with a centrally located vent. Opening the vent reduces the negative pressure effect in the cockpit, which means less chance of the rider being pulled forward at high speed. Revised upper cowling design and wider fairings provide increased wind protection, contributing to greater ride comfort.


Highly Durable Paint

Kawasaki’s new Highly Durable Paint and Highly Durable Matte Paint (used on the fuel tank, L/R side cowls, and L/R side covers) feature a special coat that allows scratches to repair themselves, enabling the paint to maintain its high-quality finish†. Soft and hard segments in the coat work together like a chemical spring, creating a trampoline effect that absorbs impacts.The Highly Durable Matte Paint is highly wear-resistant, enabling the paint’s beautiful matte finish to be maintained for a long time. † Note: 1 In some cases, it takes more than one week for recovery. 2: The paint will not recover in the case of scratches caused by a coin or key, or zip fasteners.

High Payload & Carrying Capacity

Substantial payload of 220kg. A 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.

Smartphone Connectivity

A Bluetooth chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. A number of functions are available: Vehicle Info, Riding Log,Telephone notices, Vehicle Settings.  Vehicle information downloaded to the app can be viewed via the smartphone. Available information includes: odometer, total time, trip A, trip B, fuel gauge, remaining range, average gas mileage, average speed, max lean angle (right/left), battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder (set by the dealer), oil change reminder (set by the rider), plus an additional rider-selectable reminder.


Wide Handlebar

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

Compact Muffler

Compact sporty silencer contributes to the sophisticated new styling. Compact design also provides adequate clearance for the Optional Accessory Panniers.

Convenient Features

High capacity generator develops enough electricity to power a DC socket located in the cockpit. The DC socket, now a standard feature, can be used to power small electronic devices. The socket is complemented by prepared pre-wiring. A total of 40 W of power is available.

Fuel Tank

21-litre fuel tank contributes to the Versys 1000’s touring potential. With engine and transmission settings, range (calculated) on one tank could be 400 km. (Range would vary depending on riding speed and conditions.) Advanced ECU programming contributes to the Versys 1000 S’s high fuel efficiency. Careful adjustment of fuel volume and ignition timing when speed is constant improves fuel consumption without compromising driveability.

Exhaust Pipes

Large connector pipes previously oval, now round) join exhaust headers 1-4 and 2-3, contributing to better performance at all rpm. (The reduced exhaust resistance results in an ideal exhaust flow.)

2021 Versys 1000 S

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Engine TypeIn-line 4-cylinder, liquid- cooled.
Displacement1,043 cm³
Bore x Stroke77.0 x 56.0 mm
Compression Ratio10.3:1
Valve SystemDOHC 16 valve
Fuel SystemDFI 4 X 38 mm with oval sub throttles
IgnitionTCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission6-speed with Positive Neutral finder
Suspension - front43 mm inverted fork with KECS-controlled compression and rebound damping, manual spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Suspension - rearHorizontal Back-link, gas-charged shock, with rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Wheel travel - f/r150/152 mm
Ground Clearance150 mm
Brakes - frontDual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-pistons with ABS
Brakes - rearSingle 250 mm petal disc, single-bore pin-slide, aluminium piston with ABS
Wheel Size Front Rear3.50-17.0 5.50-17.0
Tyre Size-front rear120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
L x W x H2,270 x 950 x 1,490-1,530 mm
Wheelbase1,520 mm
Seat height840 mm
Fuel capacity21.0 litres
Curb Mass257 kg
Max Power88.2 kW {120 PS} / 9,000 rpm
Max Torque102.0 N.m @ 7,500 rpm
Warranty24 Months Unlimited Kilometres
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