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2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike Review

No matter where you go, the new 2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike is a blast to ride. It doesn’t matter whether you’re riding by yourself or with a friend, a responsive In-Line Four Cylinder engine paired with a light chassis equals pure riding enjoyment. You get an excellent city roamer, but it truly shines on winding mountain roads when combined with the upright riding posture.

2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike – Features and Price

Exciting In-Line Four Engine

It’s the fun element of the 2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike dynamic engine that makes it so much fun. Every twist of the throttle delivers a physically and aurally thrilling feeling because of the 1,043 cm3 In-line Four’s flexible tuning, which provides excellent throttle response, high torque throughout the rpm range (but particularly in the low-mid field), and an intoxicating intake scream. The inclusion of Electronic Cruise Control and improved power delivery are both made possible by 2019’s switch to Electronic Throttle Valves.

2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike

Electronic Throttle Valves

The engine fuel and air delivery may be controlled by the ECU using electronic throttle valves, which connect to the fuel injectors. Smooth, natural engine response and optimal engine power are achieved with optimal fuel injection and throttle valve position.

Fun Riding on a Variety of Streets/Conditions

To allow riders to carve curves with confidence, Kawasaki engineers designed the GSX-R1000 with the long-travel suspension to compensate for real-world riding on less than ideal roads (bumps, potholes, etc.). With its long-travel rest, 2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike can deal with less-than-ideal road conditions. In contrast, other motorcycles with sportier, stiffer setups would be forced to back off the throttle. Lightweight 17-inch wheels on both the front and back help with the handling.

Assist & Slipper Clutch

Clutch design influenced by motorsports provides a back-torque limiting feature as well as a very light lever feel.

Upright riding position

Riding in a spacious, upright posture increases machine control in various situations while also improving rider comfort.

KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function)

Total Engine and Chassis Management with IMU-equipped KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters during the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate a flat transition from speeding up to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended path through the corner, using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modeling software and feedback from a compact Bosch IMU. It is what KCMF is in charge of managing on the 2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike KECS is the abbreviation for (SE-only feature).

2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike

KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)

For a wide variety of riding situations, three modes are available, providing either improved sport riding performance or peace of mind while negotiating slick terrain.

KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System)

2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike now comes standard with Kawasaki’s high-precision supersport brake control system. Technology has been reprogrammed and re-set to fit the 2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike street performance characteristics and long-travel suspension. Still, it’s the same basic system as on the Ninja ZX-10R and H2.

Radial-Mount Front Brake Calipers

Radial-mount monobloc calipers with radial-pump front brake master cylinders clamp down on the 310-mm front petal discs, providing an excellent feel and impressive stopping power.

Electronic Cruise Control

By pressing a button, the cruise control system on a Kawasaki motorcycle maintains a set speed, even while the engine is stopped. Once it’s engaged, the rider won’t have to keep their foot on the gas pedal. With less strain on the right hand, traveling long distances becomes more enjoyable, and the overall riding pleasure increases.

Adjustable Windscreen

The 2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike redesigned front cowl and larger shrouds provide improved wind protection. Still, the steplessly adjustable windshield allows riders to customize the windscreen to their taste for even more comfortable highway riding. The rider’s seat now has an easy-to-use windscreen height adjustment. The SE comes equipped with a large screen.

Two Available Seats

There is a thicker urethane cushioning in both the primary and SE models of the Comfort Seat to provide for extended hours of riding comfort while still allowing for a relaxed knee bend for larger riders. The Low Seat (20 mm lower) attachment is available for both motorcycles and makes it easier to reach the ground.

Handy power source

A DC socket, formerly an optional extra, is now standard fare in the cockpit. Pre-wired connections accompany the socket. There is a total of 40 W available.

Twin LED Headlamps

A position lamp and low and high beams are included in every new LED headlight. The new headlights are apparent and have been upgraded in brightness, making them ideal for nighttime riding.

All-LED Lighting

2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike has an all-LED lighting kit, from the new dual headlights and tiny LED turn signals to the latest LED taillight and LED license plate bulb.

High-Class Instrumentation

The 2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike cockpit has been updated with state-of-the-art instruments with a cutting-edge, high-tech design. Full-digital LCD screen (STD model) or high-grade full-color TFT LCD screen complements the analogue-style tachometer (SE model).


ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) keeps the wheels from locking up when braking, which may cause the vehicle to skid.

Back-linking in the Horizontal Direction The shock unit in the Rear Suspension is arranged horizontally to maximize space efficiency and centralize mass.

KECS-Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension

In real-time, KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) adjusts its damping to match the road and riding circumstances.

Electronic Throttle Valves

By using Electronic Throttle Valves, the ECU can precisely control how much fuel and air the engine receives from the system.

2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike

KQS – Kawasaki Quick Shifter

Clutchless up and downshifts are possible with the KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter).


The engine and chassis characteristics are continuously monitored by the KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function).

Assist & Slipper Clutch

The Assist & Slipper Clutch is inspired by racing technology and functions as both a torque limiter and a self-servo device to make the clutch lever easier to lift.

KTRC (3-mode)

To meet the needs of worthy riders of all types of riding styles, 3-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control), Kawasaki’s latest traction control technology, provides a selection of modes that range from sport to touring.

Power Modes

Selecting a different Power Mode lets you tailor the engine’s output to your riding style and conditions.

Electronic Cruise Control

The use of electronic cruise control makes it possible to set a certain vehicle speed. Technology for the rider’s benefit that aids in the reduction of tiredness during lengthy journeys and enhances touring comfort.

Dual Throttle Valves

The second set of ECU-controlled throttle valves, known as dual throttle valves, increases power while also being simpler to operate.

Economical Riding Indicator

When the Economical Riding Indicator appears on the instrument panel, it encourages drivers to ride more economically by showing how much gasoline they use.

Smartphone Connectivity

Connecting to your motorbike through your smartphone makes riding more enjoyable since you can stay in touch with your motorcycle even when you’re miles away.

2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike – Technical Specifications


Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm³
Bore x 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 System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump

Performance & Transmission

Maximum power 88.2 kW {120 PS} / 9,000 rpm
Power down kit 85 kW Available
CO2 emission 139 g/km
Maximum torque 102 Nm / 7,500 rpm
Fuel consumption 85 kW kit 5.5 l/100 km
CO2 emission 85 kW kit 139 g/km
Transmission 6-speed
Final drive Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear Ratios 1st 2.692 (35/13)
Gear Ratios 2nd 1.950 (39/20)
Gear Ratios 3rd 1.529 (26/17)
Gear Ratios 4th 1.304 (30/23)
Gear Ratios 5th 1.136 (25/22)
Gear Ratios 6th 0.958 (23/24)
Final reduction ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

Brakes & Suspension

Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear Single 250 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front 43 mm inverted fork including KECS-controlled rebound and compression damping, manual spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link, BFRC lite shock, rebound damping, KECS-controlled compression damping, and spring preload adjustability

Frame & Dimensions

Frame type Twin-tube, aluminum
Trail 106 mm
Wheel travel front 150 mm
Wheel travel rear 152 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Steering angle left / right 34˚/34˚
L x W x H 2,270mm x 950mm x 1,490mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Fuel capacity 21 liters
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass 257 kg


In the end, team Bikes Catalog would love to say that the new 2019 Versys 1000 Kawasaki Powerful Sports Touring Bike is among those motorcycles that most people love. The bike has got attractive styling with a powerful engine. The seat offers maximum riders comfort and freedom of movement. In short, it is a complete package for adventure and touring riders.

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