Kawasaki Europe has revealed its mildly updated Versys 1000 adventure bike range, which sees the addition of a new variant, the Versys 1000 S. 

The Versys 1000 S sits below the range-topping Versys 1000 SE, and is therefore likely to lower the point of entry to the line-up.

In Australia, the current Versys 1000 adventure bike range is exclusively sold in high-spec SE trim from $22,499 plus on-road costs, so it is unclear if the new S variant will debut locally.

Distinguishing the SE variant in 2021 is the addition of Showa electronically adjustable suspension with what Kawasaki calls Skyhook technology.

Skyhook suspension uses accelerometers to monitor the angle of the motorcycle and make adjustments to the suspension in real time.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 S 2021

The new Versys also sees full LED lighting as standard with cornering lights, alongside smartphone connectivity, cruise control, a quickshifter, TFT dash, a larger windscreen, heated grips and enhanced rider modes.

Power comes from a familiar 1043cc inline four-cylinder engine delivering 82kW of power and 102Nm of torque.

The current Kawasaki Versys family also includes the Versys-X 300, which is priced from $6599, while the middleweight Versys 650L checks in from $10,799.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 S 2021

Kawasaki has previously said that it plans to unveil a slew of new models on November 23, including both track-oriented bikes and off-road models.

It is unclear exactly what is to be expected from Kawasaki, however, some have speculated that the Ninja ZX-10R sportsbike is due for an update, as is the long-running KLR650 dual-sport.

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3 years ago

They’ve nailed the looks. Gees those first ones were atrocious! Not even a mother would love them…..