Kawasaki is slated to introduce six new models with a virtual launch on November 23, 2020, in Europe. The motorcycle manufacturer also teased another launch set for October 12. As it turned out, Kawasaki Europe will be introducing a new higher-spec Versys 1000 S for 2021 apart from the six other bikes they’re introducing next month.
In 2019, all of the three Versys 1000 variants received a complete overhaul. For 2021, they carry over the same design introduced by Kawasaki last year, including the S variant. However, for 2021, in the mid-range trim, the Versys S 1000 gets the same high-tech features previously exclusive to its top-end SE variant including smartphone connectivity, heated grips, cruise control, Kawasaki Traction Control, cornering lights, riding modes, Kawasaki Quickshifter, and even Kawasaki’s self-healing paint.
In addition, just like the SE, the 2021 S now comes in three versions namely the Versys S Tourer, Tourer Plus, and Grand Tourer. The Tourer adds a one-key twin pannier system that has a combined capacity of 56 liters together with a protective tank pad. Meanwhile, the Tourer Plus gets a set of LED fog lights.
The biggest difference between the Kawasaki Versys 1000 S and the SE is its suspension adjustment system. While the SE enjoys an electronically adjustable suspension system with the Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS), the S model still uses manual adjustment for its settings. In addition, the 2021 SE is also equipped with the new Showa Skyhook suspension upgrade which gives the bike a more stable ride in bumpy surfaces which Kawasaki claims that it makes you feel as if the machine is suspended in the sky.
As a distance machine, it's incredible. But also as a sportbike, you've got a four-cylinder engine. You've even got an up-down quick shifter and you can ride it like a sportbike as well. So that's the interesting thing about the Versys S. It can be an incredible tourer, but it can equally be an incredible sportbike.