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2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 review | £9749| 120bhp@9000rpm | 88lb-ft@7500rpm | 1043cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke inline-four
Tested by: John Milbank

 

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The Versys 1000 is more than just a facelift. It’s also more than just a bigger version of the 650. And, according to Kawasaki, it’s not an ‘Adventure bike’. While many similar machines are sold to owners as likely to take to the mud as they are a GP circuit, Kawasaki is still taking a bold step in distancing itself from this cluttered genre. The trouble is, I wouldn’t call it a ‘Sports Tourer’ either…

 

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Tell me about the engine

The 1043cc in-line four features revised cylinder head, fuel injectors and air filter; making 2bhp more than the previous model, with a claimed 5% improvement in fuel economy.

Also new is an Assist & Slipper clutch – Assist allows the clutch to require less of a tug at the lever, making it easier on long journeys or through town. Slipper helps to prevent the rear wheel locking when changing down aggressively.

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