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Cologne Show: Refreshed Kawasaki Versys 1000

Published: 30 September 2014

• 1043cc inline-four
• Redesigned bodywork
• More touring ability

Kawasaki’s Versys 1000 has always been a good bike, but it’s also always been uglier than a box of frogs pulling faces. Thankfully the firm has sorted that out for 2015 with a major overhaul of the bike’s aesthetics, while also giving it a thorough tickle in the engineering department, too.

Kawasaki’s dual headlamp family styling has finally landed on the Versys’ face, and improvements have been made to the bike’s aerodynamics, downforce and wind protection.

The suspension and wheels remain unchanged, while the old OEM fitment rubber has made way for new Bridgestone T30s, which will improve the bike’s connection to the tarmac in all conditions, and allow the rider to fully exploit the engine’s capabilities.

The chassis remains largely unchanged, but has been reinforced for greater luggage carrying capability, and to accommodate the new centre stand, which is standard fitment.

Mile-munchers will also appreciate the new adjustable screen, which ranges from 30mm to 65mm, with no tools needed to make the adjustments.

No price has been set yet, but we’d expect it to remain just on the right side of £10,000.

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