Kawasaki has added ABS and a slipper clutch to the Z1000SX for 2016, it’s also updated the colours on the Versys 1000. Both models can be had on the firm’s finance scheme too. Here’s what Kawasaki itself says about the changes:

Kawasaki’s number one best seller has been upgraded for 2016 with a number of customer-centric features including: an FCC Assist and Slipper Clutch, ABS as standard and new colour options with the added bonus of no price increase. The Versys 1000 colour options have been refreshed for 2016.

New features and ABS as standard on Z1000SX


The 2016 Z1000SX now comes with a race-inspired FCC assist and slipper clutch – with a 30% lighter feel at the lever, the Slipper Clutch will appeal to both sports bike riders and those adjusting to the weight of a pillion and luggage.

Under normal riding conditions, the clutch functions as a self-locking mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, thereby resulting a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch. While the back torque limiting or ‘Slipper’ function works in the traditional way; where the clutch partially disengages or “slips” when the rear wheel tries to drive the engine faster than it would run under its own power.

All 2016 Z1000SX models will be ABS as standard and there is no price increase for the 2016 model.


New colour options

Along with additional features, three colour choices on the Z1000SX continue for the 2016 machines. The Candy Lime Green option has a sportier and more aggressive treatment and Candy Plasma Blue makes a welcome return to the Kawasaki colour charts with Metallic Carbon Gray completing the line-up.

The Versys 1000 has been refreshed for 2016 – the Candy Lime Green option has been joined by Metallic Carbon Grey and Metallic Raw Titanium rounding out the options.


Available on K-Options


All 2016 Z1000SX and Versys 1000 models are available on the Black and White finance campaign as their 2015 counterparts, meaning that you can find a finance option to suit you.

With an APR of just 4.9% APR Representative over 37 months, the K-Options promotion is available in all Kawasaki dealers.

The Black and White promotional offer is available on the 2016 Z1000SX and Versys 1000 with a minimum deposit of 15% required. For a tailor made quote visit

Craig Watson, Kawasaki UK Sales Manager, said: “Our engineers continue to work hard to ensure that the Z1000SX will stay at the top of every riders wish list, it’s feature laden and remains such a strong proposition as the all rounder that can a tackle a track day or a two up trip to Europe. We are sure that the new 2016 model will continues to be a best seller for our extensive dealer network.

“K-Options is a popular way for riders to access a new machine. Either head into your local dealer or visit to tailor any finance deal to suit you with the ability to change the amount of deposit and genuine accessories to the package. It’s now possible for customers to find the perfect deal for themselves on a new Kawasaki.”

Tony Carter

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