India Kawasaki Motors has reportedly pulled the plug of the Kawasaki Versys 1000 in the Indian market. The sports tourer has a price tag of INR 12.91 lakhs and was offered as a completely built unit (CBU). The reason for discontinuation is not yet confirmed. Lack of demand is probably the main reason. Kawasaki will focus on selling the Versys X300 and Versys 650 now.
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is powered by a 1043cc inline four cylinder, liquid cooled engine. It produces 118bhp (at 9000 RPM) and a peak torque of 102Nm (at 7500 RPM). The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission with a slipper clutch. The Versys 1000 belongs to the sports tourer category. It has a very comfortable riding position and excellent ride quality. It has an extremely refined 1000cc Kawasaki motor which is plenty powerful. The bike is on the heavier side, weighing in at 239 kilograms. This along with an extremely high seating position of 845mm is slightly intimidating to a few riders.
It is the biggest bike in the Versys line-up which consists of high-riding stance and adventure style motorcycles. The Versys 1000 gets a semi-digital instrument console. It offers information like temperature, trip meter, odometer, clock, distance to empty, real-time mileage indicator etc. It also comes with three mode Kawasaki Traction Control (KRTC) two power modes, high and low. Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Braking System (KIBS) is also offered as standard.
The motorcycle is almost 3 lakh expensive than the Kawasaki Ninja 1000. The Ninja 1000 also comes with a similar 1043cc engine but is tuned to produce more power of 140bhp. The Versys 1000 lost demand due to the launch of many new bikes in this segment – Triumph Tiger 1200 XCx, Honda Africa Twin, Ducati Multistrada 1260 and the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. India Kawasaki may relaunch the Versys 1000 in the form of a facelifted model considering market demand.
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