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2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike Review Specs

The finest experiences in life are those on a bike. There are new obstacles to face every day. There are entirely new views beyond the familiar pathways. The 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike makes traveling on unknown routes simpler and distant locations closer. You have the 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike to answer the call of adventure.

2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike

2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike – Features and Specs

Any Road, Any Time.

The power sports sector has seen a sharp rise in popularity over the last several years, with new and seasoned riders gravitating toward motorbikes, ATVs, side-by-sides, and personal watercraft.

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In response to the increasing demand, Kawasaki has revealed that a limited number of adventure touring, sport, and cruiser model year 2023 bikes will be available at their showrooms in the autumn, allowing riders to “Let the good times roll.”

KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function)

With the help of a small Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) and the most recent iteration of Kawasaki’s sophisticated modeling software, KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters from corner entry through corner exit, modulating brake force, and its engine power to enable a seamless transition between acceleration and braking and back again, as well as to help riders follow their intended line through the turn.

2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike

Exciting In-Line Four Engine

The thrilling engine of the 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike is essential to its enjoyment factor since it offers more than simply performance numbers. Every time the 1,043 cm3 In-line Four is twisted, riders are guaranteed an intense physical and mental experience.

Its outstanding throttle response, robust torque across the whole rpm range (particularly in the low-mid range), and enticing intake wail all contribute to this thrilling experience. Electronic Cruise Control may be added thanks to modifying the electronic throttle valves, which helps with smooth power delivery.

Twin LED Headlamps

Every LED headlight has a position lamp and low and high beams. The new headlights are apparent and have a noticeable boost in brightness to light the path during night journeys.

2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike

Enjoyable Sport Riding in a Range of Conditions and Streets

Kawasaki engineers selected long-travel suspension because real-world riding occurs on streets often less than circuit-clean. Road defects (potholes, bumps, etc.) are common, and some streets aren’t even paved (cobblestone, etc.). It allows riders to carve turns expertly.

Despite not being intended for off-road usage, the Versys 1000 SE maintains its composure when a bike with a stiffer, sportier setup would have to back off the throttle thanks to its long-travel suspension. Lightweight 17-inch wheels up front and back help with agile, fast handling.

KECS with Showa Skyhook Technology

The Versys 1000 SE gains from a KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension) improvement for 2021. With the revised suspension, which uses Showa’s Skyhook technology for the first time on a Kawasaki, the rider and passenger will have a smoother ride, boosting comfort and pleasure.

The Skyhook idea envisions a hook holding the sprung weight of the motorbike and adjusting the dampening force of the suspension to let the wheels follow any dips and bumps while causing the least disruption to the motorcycle’s vertical position.

All-LED Lighting

The 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike provides an all-LED lighting kit, including twin headlights, small LED turn signals, an LED taillight, and an LED license plate bulb.

2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike

Adjustable Windscreen

The 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike’s bigger shrouds and front cowl provide enhanced wind protection, and its sleeplessly adjustable windshield allows riders to customize their ride for comfortable highway riding. From the rider’s seat, it is simple to change the windscreen height.

Integrated Riding Modes

With its integrated rider modes, standard on the 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike, users may choose between three modes—sport, road, and rain—that automatically combine the best traction control and power settings. There is also a rider (manual) option.

The 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike now comes equipped with Kawasaki’s high-precision, super sport-grade brake management technology, known as the KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake technology).

The programming and settings of this system, which are the same as those of the Ninja H2 and Ninja ZX-10R, have been altered to accommodate the Versys 1000’s long-travel suspension and street performance requirements.

Two Available Seats

Taller riders may enjoy a relaxed knee bend thanks to the Comfort Seat’s thicker urethane cushioning, creating it comfortable to ride for extended periods on the 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike. The optional Low Seat, which is 20 mm lower and prioritizes an easy reach to the ground, is also available for both bikes.

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

The SE model’s standard features include a fast shifter that allows clutchless upshifts and downshifts for smooth acceleration and quick and straightforward deceleration, adding to the thrilling engine character of the 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike.

Smartphone Connectivity

The 2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike’s TFT dashboard is enhanced with a Bluetooth chip integrated into the instrument panel, allowing riders to establish wireless connections with their motorbike.

Numerous instrument features may be accessible with the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” which enhances the motorcycle riding experience.

Handy Power Source

Now standard equipment, a DC plug, formerly an accessory, is conveniently positioned in the cockpit. Pre-wiring is ready and complements the socket. There is 40 W of electricity available in total.

TFT Full Color Instrumentation

Thanks to the tiny, all-digital TFT color instrumentation, the cockpit seems high-tech and luxurious. Thin-film transistor (TFT) technology powers the premium full-color display, providing excellent visibility.

2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike

You may choose between a black or white backdrop for the screen, and it automatically changes its brightness to fit the available light. Riders may choose how they want their information displayed with two display modes and scrollable multi-function windows.

Grip Heaters

On chilly days, grip warmers provide more comfort. They provide superior warmth by completely enclosing the grips.

Clean-Mount Pannier System

Convenience is enhanced by the additional pannier mounting system, which makes it easy to connect and remove the panniers. The clean-mount system, which seamlessly integrates the panniers with the bike’s rear, places the panniers at the bike’s centerline, and because of its simple, clutter-free design, the bike’s rear looks excellent even when the panniers are removed.

Electronic Throttle Valves

An all-new ECU can regulate the amount of fuel (through fuel injectors) and air (via throttle valves) supplied to the engine thanks to electronic throttle valves—the optimal engine power and smooth, natural response result from proper fuel injection and throttle valve positioning.

LED Cornering Lights

When turning a bend at night, lights integrated into the shrouds illuminate the road. The three lights are all oriented in the same direction and turn on according to the lean angle. The lights turn on sequentially as the bike leans over, opening up a more comprehensive, better-lit path in the bike’s intended route.

Electronic Cruise Control

Kawasaki’s cruise control system maintains a predetermined pace with only a button push. The rider does not need to use the throttle continuously once it is enabled. It makes long-distance riding less taxing on the right hand, allowing for comfortable cruising and enhanced riding comfort.

KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control): Three modes that provide improved sport riding performance or peace of mind in particular situations so you can confidently navigate slick areas covering various riding conditions.

Radial-Mount Front Brake Calipers

Now, radial-mount monobloc calipers with extreme rigidity and a radial-pump front brake master cylinder provide excellent feel and powerful stopping power for the 310 mm front petal discs.

2023 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE Sports Touring Bike – Technical Specifications


Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, In-Line Four
Displacement 1,043 cm³
Bore x stroke 77mm x 56 mm
Compression ratio 10.3:1
Valve system DOHC, 16-valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: 38mm x 4 (Keihin) including oval sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump

Gear Performance & Transmission

Maximum power 88.2 kW {120 PS} / 9,000 rpm
Power down kit 85 kW Available
CO2 emission 128 g/km
Maximum torque 102 Nm {10.4 kgfm} / 7,500rpm
Fuel consumption 85 kW kit 5.5 l/100 km
CO2 emission 85 kW kit 128 g/km
Transmission 6-speed
Final drive Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Final reduction ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

Brakes & Suspension

Front Brakes Dual semi-floating 310mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Rear Brakes Single 250mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Front Suspension 43mm inverted fork incluidng stepless rebound damping (right side) and spring preload adjustability (Versys 1000), 43 mm inverted fork featuring KECS-controlled rebound and compression damping, manual spring preload adjustability, & top-out springs (Versys 1000 SE)
Rear Suspension Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, featuring stepless rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability (Versys 1000) Horizontal Back-link, BFRC lite shock, KECS-controlled compression damping, rebound damping and spring preload adjustability (Versys 1000 SE)

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 2,270 mm x 950 mm x 1,490 (1,530 high position screen) mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Ground clearance 150 mm
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass 257 kg

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