The good times don’t stop rolling with the new Kawasaki Versys 650, as the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is confirmed to be coming to the United States as well. We already got a glimpse of the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 from yesterday’s leaked photos, which showed the revised bodywork from Kawasaki.

Getting official details now, we know that the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 makes relatively minor improvements technically over the previous model. Longer travel suspension has been added, and the 17″ wheels have been beefed up, both in order to aid going on off-road excursions.

Like on the Versys 650, Kawasaki has reinforced the Versys 1000 chassis to support extra weight and panniers. The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 also now has a center-stand.

The 1,043cc motor remains the same however, and comes with a slipper clutch. As before, the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 comes the ABS and three-level traction control packages as standard.

European pricing hasn’t been revealed, and American pricing will be released at the AIMExpo in October.




Source: Kawasaki

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  • Steven Radt

    Who Cares! Heavy, Ugly, Whatever…

  • MikeD

    I like the Black one with the optional Akra and the Fog Lites.
    Then again I like the previous Generation too, soooo . . . . . LOL (^_^)

    I see these bikes as standards of years gone by (ZRX1200, Bandit 1250, SV1000N) but with longer travel suspenders and a lot more comfort and pampering gizmos.

    Amazing they are bringing both to the USA. Let the Good Times Roll, Indeed !

  • Jw

    Would seem to be a very comfortable 2 up machine.

  • Just as ugly as possible

  • This bike makes Oprah look like a hottie. We should give kwackasaki credit though, they are the only Jap oem that has truly brought their “A” game in the last several years, kudos to them.

  • Kaw4Life

    ’bout time! Need a long distance bike that has upright seating posture. Tried the R1200GSA but could not justify the money for the function. Although this is not big performace it is also not big money. That and I am sure that IF it should require repair it will not be four figures like the F800 I have now.

  • Jw

    Looks aside, I think this will appeal to the guy who wants all day comfort and the utility to pack it like a mule.

  • proudAmerican

    Finally–we get some big-bore UJM’s in the USA!

  • The Other Bob

    Physically, this appears to be a minor departure from the ’11-’13 Ninja 1000.

    Same main frame and tank. Same 1043 cc engine. Same wheels and brakes.

    Different rear subframe and seat. Different bodywork, screen and lights. Different suspenders. Looks a little taller overall…maybe an inch taller? Dash is updated from my 11 as is the switchgear to handle the TC modes.

    I like the optional hand guards. I like moto touring in Oct-Feb and sometimes they would be nice to keep off some cold at 75 mph.

    Here’s something to write home about…finally…. a center stand!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Other Bob

    Oops… front brake is different than the Ninja 1000. N1k is radially mounted. Also, this swingarm is different. Got rid of the eccentric axle adjuster.

  • Renn

    They would be better off following the BMW model and marketing it as an adventure sports like the MTS1200.

    Come on! Give us 165 BHP and we know you have the horses. A ZX10R inspired front end, traction, ABS and make it bloody well lighter a touch.

    Come on guys… although after the ZX10R, H2 and the smaller model range, its hard to criticise Kawasaki.

  • eeioie

    Ugly as sin. Just as ugly as the last v 1000, maybe uglier.

  • Jay Murray

    I want to put the slipper clutch from the Versys 1000 in my 2014 Ninja 1000