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Kawasaki pulls the covers off the 2022 Versys 1000

Some mild improvements on Team Green’s liter-class adventure-tourer.

Kawasaki pulls the covers off the 2022 Versys 1000

The Kawasaki Versys is among the most popular big bike platforms in the local market. As the name suggests, the Versys is an incredibly versatile platform, capable of doing a lot of things both on and off-road. Feel like going for a spirited ride up and down the mountains? The Versys can do it. Need to tackle some light trails and gravel roads on your way out of town? The Versys has you covered. Seeing a Versys on the track ripping around just for fun isn’t unheard of, either. As such, the Kawasaki Versys could just very well be one of the best all-rounders out there.

For 2022, Kawasaki is making its flagship adventure-tourer, the Versys 1000, even better. The Japanese manufacturer has decided to go back to basics, and is reintroducing the base model Versys to join the S and SE variants, both of which are significantly more expensive. The base model Versys 1000 is by no means a slouch, though. It sports thoroughly premium components, and a suite of electronic rider aids which will undoubtedly make for a very engaging ride. 

2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000

On the tech front, the base model Versys 1000 gets riding aids consisting of IMU-powered cornering ABS, traction control, cruise control, and full LED lights. Those of you who are craving for a little more performance and touring ability have the option to outfit the new Versys with some in-house optional add-ons. These include an up and down quickshifter, heated grips, hand guards, and an extended windshield for added wind protection. All these upgrades, however, will certainly come at quite a premium. 

As far as performance is concerned, the Versys 1000 continues to draw power from the same engine as before, a motor shared between the likes of the Z1000 and Ninja 1000 SX. This 1,043cc inline-four motor pumps out a healthy 120 horsepower and 75 ft-lbs of torque, making it capable of both sporty riding and long-distance touring covering kilometers of highway on-end. In the European market, the 2022 Versys 1000 will begin rolling off showroom floors by February 2022, at a retail price starting at 11,995 Euros, or roughly P706,000. At present, the up-spec Versys 1000 SE retails for P900,000, with no base model available in the market. 

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