2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT Review

2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT
2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT


2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT
2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT


2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT
2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT


2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT
2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT


2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT
2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT



2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT Review


2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT on www.Totalmotorcycle.com




•Powerful 1,043cc inline four-cylinder engine pulls strongly throughout the rpm range (especially in the low-mid range)
•Upright riding position offers a high level of comfort
•Windscreen with tool-free adjustment and hand guards provide additional wind protection
•ABS is standard on all models offering additional reassurance when braking on low-grip or uneven surfaces
•LT models come equipped with a set of color-matched 28 liter (each) hard saddlebags featuring KQR™ mounts, an integrated mounting system that utilizes the ignition key for simple saddlebag unlocking and removal
•Updated dash meter featuring a gear position indicator


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 will have your grinning in your helmet.


Multiple U.S. publications named the Versys® 1000 LT the “Motorcycle of the Year,” following its introduction two years ago. For 2017, the award-winning motorcycle returns with all the great performance that riders rave about plus an added Gear Position Indicator and a new color: Metallic Spark Black with red graphics.


ABS is still standard on the Versys 1000 LT along with KQR™ color-matched, hard saddlebags and adjustable windscreen. A revised knob design for the adjustable windscreen contributes to the stylish looks of the 2017 Versys 1000 LT motorcycle.
Available Kawasaki Genuine Accessories now include a large touring windscreen, which can be installed to increase comfort on long rides, and an accessory GPS mount to aid in long-distance touring.


As the flagship model in the Versys motorcycle lineup, the 2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT motorcycle is adept at traversing interstate highways, taking you and all the gear you need to the remote paved locations we all dream of. This versatile and durable bike can easily cope with the daily grind as well, making commuting more exhilarating.

Featuring a unique combination of a highly responsive engine tuned for flexibility, a nimble chassis fitted with dynamic suspension, and standard Kawasaki Quick Release 28-Liter Saddlebags and hand guards, the Versys® 1000 LT offers maximum riding enjoyment across a wide variety of street riding situations, especially on twisty roads.


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On any-street, the new Versys 1000 offers maximum riding enjoyment. Solo or two-up, around the corner or around the globe, a unique combination of a highly responsive In-Line Four engine plus a nimble chassis is a recipe for riding fun. Add in the upright riding position and you have a package that is an ideal city roamer that really comes into its own on twisty mountain roads.





2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features








2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


Tuned to provide strong low and mid-range torque with a smooth power delivery.
o An intoxicating intake howl contributes to the engine feel and allows riders to to enjoy the sound when accelerating.
o Good over-rev characteristics so that power does not drop off suddenly at high rpm.
o A secondary balancer, driven off a gear on the 6th web of the crankshaft, eliminates excess vibration. A certain amount of engine vibration was designed to be part of the bike’s character (vibration contributes to the feeling of acceleration, increasing linearly with rpm), so vibration was not totally eliminated.
o Generator puts out 15.3 amps at 1,100 rpm to provide sufficient power for a full complement of accessories.
o Flexible engine character means the Versys 1000 LT works just as well cruising along at low-rpm as it does being ridden more aggressively in the mid-high rpm range.


Digital Fuel Injection (KP)
Downdraft throttle bodies provide air the shortest distance to the engine to help boost performance. While downdraft throttle bodies often use short intake funnels to maximize high-rpm performance, the Versys 1000 LT ‘s are longer to offer the best power characteristics for street riding excitement.
38mm throttle bores enhance low and mid-range response.
Oval sub-throttle valves are used to deliver extremely smooth response. The oval shape also helps keep the engine slim – important since the throttle bodies are positioned between the rider’s knees.
Denso long-type, 12-hole fine-atomizing injectors with tapered nozzle openings contribute to combustion efficiency.
Power delivery is quite linear and, thanks to FI settings, response is both quick and very smooth. Both characteristics facilitate control (especially for low-rpm maneuvers or when rolling the throttle on) and contribute to sport riding potential.


Exhaust System
Large, oval-shaped connector pipes join exhaust headers 1-4 and 2-3. The reduced exhaust resistance results in an ideal exhaust flow, contributing to better performance at all rpm.
Under-engine pre-chamber contributes to a more centralized mass by enabling a smaller-volume silencer.
Single-side muffler offers lower weight than twin mufflers.


Assist & Slipper Clutch(KP)
Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of a gear is selected during downshifting, the Slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up, stalling and rear wheel hop.
Judder spring component helps prevent judder when the clutch is disengaged.


6-Speed Transmission
Gear ratios accommodate a wide range of riding situations, including sport riding, highway cruising, and riding fully loaded with passenger and luggage.
Short first gear facilitates moving off from a stop while fully loaded, while long third through sixth gears are suited to both sport riding and relaxed highway cruising.


Chassis balance and suspension settings were selected to maximize rider enjoyment on the street. With its superb control and feedback, the Versys 1000 LT offers a high level of rider confidence in numerous street riding situations and accommodates a variety of riding styles. And because the Versys 1000 LT is intended to be used on a variety of streets where road imperfections are common, its long-travel suspension enables riders to cope with rough street conditions and allows the Versys 1000 LT to remain composed where bikes with stiffer, sportier set-ups would require a much slower pace. The relaxed, upright riding position offers a high level of machine control as well as a good vantage ahead.
Aluminium twin-tube frame design features frame beams that go over engine, allowing a narrow construction that is easy to grip with the knees.
Lightweight and highly rigid, the frame uses the engine as a stressed member. The frame contributes to handling, offering a firm, planted feeling, stability and light, nimble turning.
The frame is a 5-piece cast aluminium construction, consisting of steering stem, left and right main frames, and two cross pieces. The two main frame components have open C-shaped cross sections and were die-cast to ensure a smooth surface finish.
Reinforcing pipes join the engine hangers, offering increased chassis rigidity to suit the long-suspension configuration.
Rear sub-frame is steel pipe trellis unit that enables the Versys 1000 LT’s high payload.
Welds were strategically used for a better appearance.
The frame uses 4 engine mounts. The upper rear crankcase mount and front cylinder mounts are rubber to help prevent vibration and provide excellent handling characteristics.
Standard center stand for utility and ease of maintenance.


Next-generation KYB 43 mm Inverted Fork
Supporting the damping cylinder inside the fork inner tube allows a larger cylinder diameter to be achieved with a larger damping piston. The larger piston size contributes to a very composed suspension action.
Supporting the damping cylinder at the top adds rigidity to the cylinder, so its walls could be made thinner to help reduce weight in the fork assembly for a lighter steering feel.
The fork’s rebound (upper) and compression (lower) dampers both use reverse damping-force assistance (sub) valves in addition to standard check (main) valves. These valves opposite the check valves ensure that when the fork direction changes (from compression to rebound, or vice versa), oil flow in the reverse direction is also controlled. (Standard forks feature uni-directional check valves: controlling either rebound or compression damping. However, when oil flow reverses direction, oil can flow through the valve unchecked during the instant it takes for the check valve to close completely, resulting in a temporary loss in damping force.) The reverse damping-force assistance valves help to reduce this effect, enabling more consistent damping performance, which translates to smoother fork action.
The 27-degree steering angle contributes to a good balance of high-speed stability and a neutral handling character that facilitates sporty street riding.


Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension
The linkage is placed atop the swingarm for better mass centralization and to make room for the exhaust pre-chamber.
Fully adjustable, lay-down shock absorber is further away from the exhaust so that its operation will not be affected by exhaust heat.
Remote preload adjuster knob allows preload to be easily changed to suit tandem riding or fully-loaded luggage.
Free piston in shock separates gas and oil to enhance damping characteristics.


Triple Petal Disc Brakes with Latest-spec ABS
Dual 310mm front petal discs gripped by opposed 4-piston calipers offer strong stopping power with good brake feel.
At the rear a 250mm petal disc is gripped by a single-piston caliper.
The high-spec ultra-compact lightweight BOSCH unit enables high-precision ABS performance.
Front brake hydraulic pressure is monitored to help reduce rear wheel lift.
ABS settings are designed to facilitate controlled braking in certain street riding situations.


Relaxed Cockpit
The seat’s slim design and the knee grip characteristics of the tank provide freedom of movement, allowing the riders to change sitting position should they so choose.
Thick urethane padding increases comfort and contributes to a seat height that places the rider in a position of fun controllability.
The stepped shape of the seat also provides support for the rider when accelerating.
Footpegs are positioned low and forward, contributing to a spacious riding position. Rubber-mounted brackets and rubber-coated footpegs help reduce vibration reaching the rider.
The very natural, relaxed position offers the rider a high level of machine control. The upright riding position accommodates a variety of riding styles, broadening the spectrum of riding enjoyment and also offers a high level of comfort, a great benefit for touring.
When combined with the long-stroke suspension, the upright riding position and higher seat height offer a commanding view of the road ahead – especially advantageous when navigating city traffic.
Wide, large-diameter handlebar offers easy control, especially for low-speed maneuvering. Rubber mounts help reduce vibration for rider comfort.
Standard hand guards help deflect the wind, adding to rider comort.
Ergonomic grab bars provide comfortable passenger grips.
Adjustable windscreen has a stepless range of approximately 2.6 inches. Height can be adjusted without tools (using two knobs on the front of the screen) to suit rider preference.
Aggressive new upper cowl design provides a sporty image and excellent wind protection. Special air passages between the upper and side cowlings reduce air resistance to help deflect the wind, while a chin spoiler below the headlights creates downforce at higher speeds to enhance stability.
Air intake between the headlights at the bottom of the cowl routes fresh air into the cockpit to relieve the effect of negative pressure at higher speeds to help prevent helmet buffeting.
Standard KQR™ 28-liter Saddlebags
Saddlebag design is integrated with tail section and are large enough to hold a typical full-face helmet.
Similar in design to the Concours®14 mounts, the saddlebags can be easily removed and installed, plus there’s no supporting framework to detract from the motorcycle’s adventure style when they’re removed.
One-key system for the ignition and saddlebags is convenient.
A lightweight resin-construction rear carrier (12-pound maximum capacity) provides a solid platform for carrying items.
Large under-seat storage space has room for compact rain gear or other small items.
High capacity generator develops enough electricity to power a 45 watt accessory DC power outlet.


The Versys 1000 LT is loaded with the latest technological systems that Kawasaki has to offer. Its traction control system is the same as found on the flagship Ninja ZX-14R – more advanced even than that of the Ninja ZX-10R. Combined with two selectable Power Modes, this offers riders eight combinations covering a wide range of situations.
Kawasaki Traction Control System (KTRC)(KP) (3-MODE)
3-mode system combines the best features of Sport-KTRC from the Ninja ZX-10R and KTRC from the Concours® 14 to help provide maximum traction for sport riding and rider assurance by facilitating smooth riding on slippery surfaces.
Modes 1 and 2 control ignition timing like S-KTRC, which uses complex analysis to predict when traction conditions are about to become unfavorable and act before wheel slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction. Mode 3 has higher sensitivity and controls ignition timing, fuel and air for ultra-smooth operation.
A switch on the left handlebar switch housing gives the rider the option to turn the system off.


Power Mode
Allows riders to set power characteristics to suit riding conditions and style. Riders can choose between full power operation or low power, which is approximately 75 percent of full with a milder throttle response.






2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: ABS $12,999 USD


4-stroke, 4 cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke
77.0 x 56.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® w/38mm Keihin throttle bodies (4) and oval sub-throttles
TCBI with digital advance
Final Drive
Sealed chain
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
KYB 43mm inverted front fork with adjustable rebound and preload/5.9 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Horizontal back-link shock with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload, remote preload adjuster/5.9 in
Front Tire
Rear Tire
Front Brakes
Dual 310mm petal rotors with four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 250mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper, ABS
Frame Type
Twin-spar aluminum
27.0°/4.0 in
Overall Length
88.2 in
Overall Width
40.4 in
Overall Height
55.1 in/57.7 in
Ground Clearance
5.9 in
Seat Height
33.1 in
Curb Weight
549.0 lb** (+ Saddlebags, Handguards, & Hardware approx. 20 lb.)
Fuel Capacity
5.5 gal
59.8 in
Color Choices
Metallic Spark Black
24 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months





2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $15299 CAD


Displacement 1043cc
Type 4-stroke In-Line Four
Bore and stroke 77.0 x 56.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratio 10.3:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Digital fuel injection with four 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Front: type Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs
Front: calipers Dual opposed 4-piston
Rear: type Single 250 mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston
Overall length 2,240 mm
Overall width 895 mm
Overall height 1,400 mm / 1,465 mm (High Position)
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Ground clearance 150 mm
Seat height 840 mm
Curb mass** 249 kg
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 1.627 (83/51)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.692 (35/13)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.950 (39/20)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.529 (26/17)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.304 (30/23)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.136 (25/22)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.958 (23/24)
Final reduction ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Aluminium twin-tube
Wheel travel: front 150 mm
Tire: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear 150 mm
Tire: rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (rake) 27°
Trail 106 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 34° / 34°
Maximum Power‡ 88 kW {120 PS} @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 102 N.m {10.4 kgf.m} @ 7,500 rpm
Suspension, front 43 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and springpreload adjustability
Suspension, rear Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Warranty 12 months warranty





2017 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ABS LT – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
1,043 cm³
Bore x stroke
77 x 56 mm
Compression ratio
Valve system
DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: Ø 38 mm x 4 (Keihin) with oval sub-throttles
Starting System
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Brakes & Suspension
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs. Caliper: Dual opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear
Single 250 mm petal disc. Caliper: Single-piston
Suspension, front
43 mm inverted fork with stepless rebound damping (right side) and spring preload adjustability
Suspension, rear
Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with stepless rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Performance & Transmission
Maximum power
88.2 kW {120 PS} / 9,000 rpm
CO2 emission
Maximum torque
102 Nom {10.4 kgfom} / 7,500 rpm
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)
Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions
Frame type
Twin-tube, aluminium
106 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
L x W x H
2,270 x 895 x 1,400 mm
1,520 mm
Ground clearance
150 mm
Fuel capacity
21 litres
Seat height
840 mm
Curb mass
250 kg



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