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2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTED: Awesome

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:59 am

2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000

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2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000

Roads less travelled


Indulge your desire for discovery and make the journey as exciting as the destination. The new Versys 1000 combines contemporary cutting-edge style with Kawasaki’s unique engineering approach. Enjoy the roads less travelled and realise your distance dreams on the adaptable multi-purpose Versys 1000.


Versys 1000 extends Kawasaki any-street promise

The Versys gets bigger brother for 2012. Answering the demand from riders looking for a dynamic machine in this category, Kawasaki now takes another bold step in the multi-purpose market with the new Versys 1000.

Created as the long-awaited big brother of Kawasaki’s mid-size any-road street surfer, the new Versys 1000 is designed to enable the greatest riding enjoyment in the widest variety of street riding situations. Whether riding solo or two-up, around the corner or around the globe, its unique combination of a highly responsive In-Line Four engine tuned for flexibility, and a nimble chassis fitted with dynamic suspension will answer the evolving needs of many existing Kawasaki customers and look set to draw others to the brand for the very first time. With the Versys 1000, Kawasaki extends its any-street promise to the litre-bike class.



2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Key Features

- Long-travel suspension front & rear allows riders to enjoy sports and touring riding on a variety of streets and conditions
- Upright and very comfortable riding position offers a high level of control with confidence in various situations
- Sporty, nimble handling due to the lightweight aluminium twin-tube frame
- 1,043 cc In-line-four which pulls strongly throughout the entire rev range
- Adjustable windscreen
- Functional and robust bodywork offers high wind protection
- Long range thanks to a 21.5 L fuel tank
- KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control)
- 3 modes cover a wide range of conditions
- Power Mode selection
- 2 modes: Full Power + Low Power (about 75% of Full)
- Latest-spec ABS standard
- Robust rear frame designed for heavy payload
- Gears selected for a wide range of riding situations
- 17” wheels: ideal for sport and tour riding
- Numerous genuine accessories


Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 In-line Four with a bore and stroke of 77.0 x 56.0 mm offers strong low-mid range torque with smooth power delivery. Compared to the Z1000, the engine delivers a stronger low-mid range with a slightly reduced peak power. Both peak power and torque occur at lower rpm than on the Z1000.

Rider & Passenger Comfort

Thickly padded seat (about double the cushioning of the Z1000 seat) provides the comfort to enable hundreds of miles in the saddle. The rear seat has even deeper cushioning, and is probably Kawasaki’s most comfortable passenger perch yet. Seat leather material was carefully selected and a great deal of effort was spent to ensure a good fit. The front seat uses different material than the sides and rear. A two-tone design is used on white models


2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 -Specifications/Technical DetailsMSRP Price: TBA


Engine

Fuel system
Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles

Ignition
Digital

Starting
Electric

Lubrication
Forced lubrication, wet sump

Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four

Displacement
1,043 cm³

Bore x stroke
77.0 x 56.0 mm

Compression ratio
10.3:1

Valve/Induction system
DOHC, 16 valves
Transmission

Clutch
Wet multi-disc, manual

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)

Transmission
6-speed, return

Final Drive
Sealed chain
Frame

Frame type
Aluminium twin-tube

Rake/Trail
27? / 107 mm

Wheel travel, front
150 mm

Wheel travel, rear
150 mm

Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

Tyre, rear
180/55ZR17M/C (73W)

Steering angle, left / right
34? / 34?
Suspension

Suspension, front
43 mm inverted fork with stepless
rebound damping and spring preload
adjustability

Suspension, rear
Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged,
with stepless rebound damping and
remote spring preload adjustability
Brakes

Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper: Dual opposed 4-piston

Brakes, rear
Single 250 mm petal disc
Caliper: Single-piston
Dimensions

Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,235 mm x 900 mm x 1,405 mm / 1,430 mm

Ground Clearance
155 mm

Wheelbase
1,520 mm

Seat height
845 mm

Fuel capacity
21 litres

Curb Mass
239 kg
Performance

Maximum power
86.8 kW {118 PS} / 9,000 rpm

Maximum torque
102 N.m {10.4 kgf.m} / 7,700 rpm


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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTE NOW

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:02 am

This model caught all of us media by shock (I'm proud to say Total Motorcycle had it up before anyone else on the internet and with big photos too!). We do not know if it will be sold in North America but I'm sure we are all crossing our fingers here that it will be. IMO, I can't see why not as the Versys 650 has been successful here and the Versys 1000 ABS uses the Z1000 engine.



2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS Shocker!

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Just when you think Kawasaki has released all it's 2012 models a full on KO punch comes from no-where. You must check out the new 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS: Upright and very comfortable riding position, 21.5L fuel tank, 1,043 cc In-line-four, Kawasaki Traction Control, ABS, Long-travel suspension... what more could you ask for? Big photos, big information, big specifications. http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... wasaki.htm
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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTE NOW

Unread post by ZRex » Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:28 pm

I don't like the looks that much (I did not like the looks of the 650 either) but, I still voted Awesome.

If I were buying a new bike I would get the Kawasaki Z1000 but, I think the Versys1000 would be an even better all around motorcycle.

Kawasaki makes great inline 4 engines and based off the Z1000 and the Ninja 1000, the Versys will have a great engine, plus traction control, comfortable riding position, and ABS.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTE NOW

Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:01 pm

I'm not a big fan of this style of bike, but I voted Awesome based on the bike itself and not my personal lack of desire for this style. I think the multi purpose bike is going to make a strong statement in the way of sales in the next few years as more and more people decide they want more use out of a single style bike rather than owning a bike for each style of riding they do. The only problem I have with these bikes is the sitting position and the seat height, at 33+ inches, my short little 30 inch inseam stuggles...
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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTE NOW

Unread post by madjak30 » Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:58 pm

Voted: Awesome

I like the style of the bike, the 650 is comfortable and the perfect height for me...I loved it except the motor was just a little shy on the power dept...but now with the motor from the Ninja 1000R (tuned for the touring & light adventure)...should be nice...

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My buddy has one this exact colour...nice bike, but I missed the power of my bike...but it is hard to beat the torque of a big twin in a standard bike...

Almost forgot...Kawasaki Canada has the Versys 1000 listed on their site @ $13,999...same as the Ninja & Z1000

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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTE NOW

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sun Nov 13, 2011 4:08 am

Cool all the way. I really like this style of bike; basically a standard/naked with a windshield. Available hard luggage makes it even more versatile. I still prefer the smaller Versys though; I like the power characteristics of twins (although I do understand the economics of using an existing inline 4 for the Versys 1000). Anyway, I think the Versys 1000 will still be a great rival to a lot of similar bikes that have been around for a bit; the 1000 'Strom is obvious competition, maybe the 1250 Bandit, bikini-faired Yamaha FZ1, and even the Honda CBF1000F, depending what country you're in.
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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTE NOW

Unread post by rayian » Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:01 pm

Wow. If I was looking for a new bike this would definitely be on my short list. Awesome.

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Re: This Week: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTE NOW

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:57 am

I voted: Awesome.

It's about time the Versys offered a solution that could compete with the big dual sports and while I would love to see a V-Twin in there (or big 1000cc parallel twin) a inline-4 will do wonders for the road (not sure about off road though).

Well done Kawasaki! Just make sure you keep the price competitive.

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Re: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTED: Awesome

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:55 pm

I'm surprised only ten people voted though. I thought this bike would appeal to a broad group of riders. And it took me completely by surprise too. I guess there are more exciting bikes coming up.
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTED: Awesome

Unread post by HYPERR » Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:39 pm

Grey Thumper wrote:I'm surprised only ten people voted though. I thought this bike would appeal to a broad group of riders.
I really can't imagine this bike appealing to a broad group... :boat:

It's mfugly beyond belief...

What is it supposed to be? It certainly can't be an adventure tourer as there is no way that thing can go offroad with its fully exposed male slider fork, no skid plate of anyform, plastic parts around the engine, and a humongous radiator fully exposed to be punctured by every debris that the front tire manages to kick up.
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Re: 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - VOTED: Awesome

Unread post by Grey Thumper » Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:11 am

Is it even being positioned as an adventure tourer? The 650 wasn't, and I doubt that this will be either. That said, I think this will suit the 90+ % of people with GSes who never take them off-road anyway. Sometimes all anyone wants is an upright seating position, no weight on your wrists, and a lot of legroom.

What do most of us do with our bikes? Commute on them, maybe do a few errands, take em to the twisties on sunday mornings, and tour on when we've got the time.

I suspect the 650 Versys will be more, uh, versatile, but the 1000 seems to be just as suited for all those roles, while likely being more comfortable than a sportbike, and having some of the weather protection and luggage capacity of a tourer, but without the excess bulk.

As for the looks . . . well, it isn't exactly pretty. But none of the adventure tourers (or adv-styled bikes) are either.*



* PS, I've got a Rockster, and therefore, I'm not exactly a reliable judge of whether a bike is good looking or not :lol:
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