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2020 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+
2020 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+

Specs

General Information

Manufacturer
Kawasaki
Kawasaki
Model Year
2020
2020
Model
Versys 1000 SE LT+
Versys 1000 SE LT+
Model Code
KLZ1000DLFXL
KLZ1000DLFXL
Color
Emerald Blazed Green / Pearl Storm Gray
Emerald Blazed Green / Pearl Storm Gray

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes

Front - Dual 310 mm petal-style discs with four-piston calipers, ABS

Rear - Single 250 mm petal disc with single-piston caliper, ABS

Front - Dual 310 mm petal-style discs with four-piston calipers, ABS

Rear - Single 250 mm petal disc with single-piston caliper, ABS

Tires

Front - 120 / 70 ZR - 17

Rear - 180 / 55 ZR17

Front - 120 / 70 ZR - 17

Rear - 180 / 55 ZR17

Dimensions

Length
Overall - 89.4 in.
Overall - 89.4 in.
Height
Overall - 58.7 in / 60.2 in (windshield down / up)
Overall - 58.7 in / 60.2 in (windshield down / up)
Width
Overall - 37.4 in.
Overall - 37.4 in.
Weight
Curb - 566.7 lb.
Curb - 566.7 lb.
Ground Clearance
5.9 in.
5.9 in.
Wheelbase
59.8 in.
59.8 in.
Seat Height
33.1 in.
33.1 in.

Drivetrain

Transmission
6-speed, return shift, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS)
6-speed, return shift, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS)
Final Drive
Sealed chain
Sealed chain

Engine

Engine
4-stroke, DOHC, 16-valve
4-stroke, DOHC, 16-valve
Cooling
liquid
liquid
Cylinders
4
4
Displacement
1,043 cc
1,043 cc
Bore x Stroke
77 x 56 mm
77 x 56 mm
Compression Ratio
10.3:1
10.3:1
Fuel System
DFI® with 38 mm Keihin ETV throttle bodies (4)
DFI® with 38 mm Keihin ETV throttle bodies (4)
Ignition
TCBI with digital advance
TCBI with digital advance
Fuel Capacity
5.5 gal.
5.5 gal.

Operational

Frame
Twin-spar aluminum
Twin-spar aluminum
Front Suspension
43 mm inverted fork with KECS-controlled rebound and compression damping, manual spring preload adjustability and top-out springs; 5.9 in. travel
43 mm inverted fork with KECS-controlled rebound and compression damping, manual spring preload adjustability and top-out springs; 5.9 in. travel
Rear Suspension
Horizontal back-link New Uni-Trak®, BFRC gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, KECS-controlled compression and rebound damping electronically-adjustable spring preload, and top-out spring; 5.9 in. travel
Horizontal back-link New Uni-Trak®, BFRC gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, KECS-controlled compression and rebound damping electronically-adjustable spring preload, and top-out spring; 5.9 in. travel
Rake
27°
27°
Trail
4 in.
4 in.

Other

Warranty
24 Month Limited
24 Month Limited

Features

Advanced Electronics

  • STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY: Key enhancements bring Kawasaki’s finest electronic management technology to the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle, resulting in precise chassis orientation awareness that assists your ability to adapt to a wide range of street riding conditions.
  • INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT: Compact IMU monitors inertia along 5 degrees of freedom. Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch rate are measured. The yaw rate is calculated using Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modeling software. Inputs from the IMU give the ECU software an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation.
  • KAWASAKI CORNERING MANAGEMENT FUNCTION: From the entry, through the apex, to the corner exit, KCMF modulates brake force (KIBS) and engine power (KTRC) to facilitate smooth transitions from acceleration to braking, to assist you in tracing your intended line through the corner.
  • KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL: Kawasaki Traction Control covers a wide range of riding conditions, offering enhanced sport riding performance and peace of mind while you’re on the road. When turned on, you can select between three modes to choose the degree in which each mode intervenes during riding.
  • KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM: Kawasaki’s supersport-grade, high-precision brake management system is standard on the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle. High-precision brake pressure control enables the hydraulic pressure to be modulated in much smaller increments than standard ABS systems, conserving lever feel when KIBS is active and ensuring ABS pulses feel light.
  • KAWASAKI QUICK SHIFTER: Dual-direction Kawasaki Quick Shifter allows both clutchless upshifts and downshifts for seamless acceleration and smooth deceleration.
  • SELECTABLE POWER CONTROL: The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle comes with two power modes: Full and Low–allowing you to select power delivery to suit your preference and riding conditions.
  • OPTIMAL VISIBILITY: The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle offers bright and white lighting via twin LED headlamps and LED taillight and license plate lighting.

Chassis Management Technology

  • ABS (ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM): Kawasaki ABS systems use front and rear wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed. Should information from either of the sensors indicate that wheel lock has occurred, the ABS ECU directs the pump in the ABS unit to modulate brake fluid pressure (releasing and reapplying pressure so that traction can be regained) until normal operation resumes. ABS offers rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.
  • CORNERING LIGHTS: A set of three LED lights built into each side of the fairing help illuminate the road when cornering at night. Each of the three lights has a fixed direction and is activated based on lean angle. As the bike leans over, the lights come on in order, creating a wider illuminated path in the direction the bike is heading.
  • HORIZONTAL BACK-LINK REAR SUSPENSION: Compared to the Kawasaki traditional Uni-Trak® rear suspension, which mounts the shock unit vertically, with Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension, the shock unit is almost horizontal. The original Kawasaki suspension arrangement locates the shock unit very close to the bike's center of gravity, greatly contributing to mass centralization. And because there is no linkage or shock unit protruding beneath the swingarm, this frees up space for a larger exhaust pre-chamber (an exhaust expansion chamber situated just upstream of the silencer). With a larger pre-chamber, silencer volume can be reduced, and heavy exhaust components can be concentrated closer to the center of the bike, further contributing to mass centralization. The result is greatly improved handling. A secondary benefit is that the shock unit is placed far away from exhaust heat. Because it is more difficult for heat from the exhaust system to adversely affect suspension oil and gas pressure, suspension performance is more consistent.
  • KECS (KAWASAKI ELECTRONIC CONTROL SUSPENSION): KECS adapts to road and riding conditions in real time, providing the ideal amount of damping called for by electronically adjusting damping to suit vehicle speed and suspension stroke speed. Deceleration is also taken into account, which allows the system to help manage pitching that may occur during braking. Control via solenoid valve with direct actuation enables an extremely quick reaction time, making KECS ideal for sport riding applications, where natural feeling is crucial to feeling at one with the bike. Built-in stroke sensors on both the fork and rear shock provide real-time stroke speed and compression information. Input from the sensor coils to the KECS ECU is complemented by information provided by the IMU (acceleration/deceleration) and the FI ECU (vehicle speed). The KECS ECU then directs current to the solenoids to adjust damping as required by the situation. Selectable modes allow riders to choose softer or firmer base settings.
  • KIBS (KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM): Kawasaki developed KIBS to take into account the particular handling characteristics of supersport motorcycles, ensuring highly efficient braking with minimal intrusion during sport riding. It is the first mass-production brake system to link the ABS ECU (Electronic Control Unit) and engine ECU. In addition to front and rear wheel speed, KIBS monitors front brake caliper hydraulic pressure, throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and gear position. This diverse information is analyzed to determine the ideal front brake hydraulic pressure. Through precise control, hydraulic pressure is modulated in much smaller increments than with standard ABS systems. The system limits rear wheel lift under heavy braking and takes downshifting into account while braking, allowing the rider to manage the rear brake. And because of the finer control, kickback to the brake lever is minimal, resulting in a very natural feeling.

Engine Management Technology

  • KCMF (KAWASAKI CORNERING MANAGEMENT FUNCTION): Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modeling software and feedback from a compact IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation, KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. The systems that KCMF oversees vary by model, but may include: S-KTRC/KTRC (including traction management and wheel lift management), KLCM (including traction management and wheel lift management) - Designed to optimize acceleration from a stop, KIBS (including pitching management and corner braking management), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control.
  • ASSIST & SLIPPER CLUTCH: Based on feedback from racing activities, the Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam) to either drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart. Under normal operation, the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever feel when operating the clutch. When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and helps prevent the rear tire from hopping and skidding. This race-style function is particularly useful when sport or track riding.
  • DUAL THROTTLE VALVES: Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response can be strong. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency is improved and power is increased.
  • ECONOMICAL RIDING INDICATOR: Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider's control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel's LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced. While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimize negative impact on the environment.
  • ELECTRONIC CRUISE CONTROL: Electronic Cruise Control allows a desired speed (engine rpm) to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle. This reduces stress on the right hand when traveling long distances, enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort.
  • ELECTRONIC THROTTLE VALVES: Kawasaki’s fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response and the ideal engine output. The system also makes a significant contribution to reduced emissions. Electronic throttle valves also enable more precise control of electronic engine management systems like S-KTRC and KTRC, and allow the implementation of electronic systems like KLCM, Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, and Electronic Cruise Control.
  • KQS (KAWASAKI QUICK SHIFTER): Designed to help riders maximize their acceleration on the track by enabling clutchless upshifts with the throttle fully open, KQS detects that the shift lever has been actuated and sends a signal to the ECU to cut ignition so that the next gear can be engaged without having to use the clutch. On models that offer clutchless downshifts, during deceleration the system automatically controls engine speed so that the next lower gear can be selected without operating the clutch.
  • KTRC (KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL): KTRC, Kawasaki's advanced traction control system provides both enhanced sport riding performance and the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence. Multiple rider-selectable modes (the number of modes varies by model) offer progressively greater levels of intrusion to suit the riding situation and rider preference. Less intrusive modes maintain optimum traction during cornering. Designed with sport riding in mind, they facilitate acceleration out of corners by maximizing forward drive from the rear wheel. And because Kawasaki’s sophisticated software bases its dynamic analysis on the chassis’ orientation relative to the track surface (rather than relative to a horizontal plane), it is able to take into account corner camber, gradient, etc., and adapt accordingly. In the more intrusive modes (and for some models, in any mode), when excessive wheel spin is detected, engine output is reduced to allow grip to be regained, effectively enabling riders to negotiate both short, slippery patches (train tracks or manhole covers) and extended stretches of bad roads (wet pavement, cobblestone, gravel) with confidence. Models equipped with IMU incorporate chassis-orientation feedback to offer even more precise management.
  • POWER MODES: Models equipped with multiple Power Modes offer riders an easily selectable choice of engine power delivery to suit riding conditions or preference. In addition to Full Power mode, one (Low) or two (Middle, Low) alternate mode(s) in which maximum power is limited and throttle response is milder are provided.
  • SMARTPHONE CONNECTIVITY: Clever technology enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. Vehicle information (such as the odometer, fuel gauge, maintenance schedule, etc) can be viewed on the smartphone. Riding logs (varies by model, but may include GPS route, gear position, rpm, and other information) can be viewed on the smartphone. When connected, telephone (call, mail) notices are displayed on the instrument panel. Riders can also make changes to their motorcycle’s instrument display settings (preferred units, clock and date setting, etc) via the smartphone. And on certain models, it is even possible to check and adjust vehicle settings (such as Rider Mode, electronic rider support features, and payload settings) using the smartphone.

Other Features

  • Integrated riding modes, multi-function TFT color LCD screen and heated grips.

Power & Performance

  • GO FARTHER: With both touring and town riding in mind, the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle is tuned for flexibility making it just as comfortable cruising at low rpm as it is when ridden on winding roads in the mid- to high-rpm range.
  • POWERFUL & EFFICIENT: The liquid-cooled, DOHC 1,043cc engine offers superb throttle response, strong torque across the rpm range and an enticing intake howl. Thanks to optimized fuel-injection settings, power delivery is linear and smooth for easy control and maneuverability at low rpm.
  • SMOOTH & RESPONSIVE POWER: Electronic Throttle Valves enable the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to control the volume of both fuel and air delivered to the engine, resulting in smooth, natural engine response and output. Electronic Cruise Control is made possible also by the Electronic Throttle Valves.
  • RACE-INSPIRED: This clutch technology offers a light lever pull plus a back-torque limiting function. When excessive engine braking occurs the slipper cam relieves pressure on the clutch plates to help prevent the rear tire from hopping or skidding.
  • CONFIDENCE INSPIRING: Highly rigid 4-piston, radial mount, monobloc front brake calipers grip large 310mm petal discs and pair with a radial-pump front master brake cylinder to produce superb feel and potent stopping power.
  • SMOOTH & ADAPTIVE: Long-travel suspension delivers a smooth ride on imperfect roads, allowing you to ride with confidence on various road conditions.

Styling & Ergonomics

  • SLEEK & COMFORTABLE: With a design that boasts flowing body lines traceable from front to rear, the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle’s styling highlights its fun, sporty nature while keeping rider and passenger comfort paramount.
  • SIGNATURE KAWASAKI STYLING: The design of the upper cowl and surrounding bodywork convey a strong Kawasaki Identity while also providing functional benefits. Along with adding to the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle’s aggressive look, the upper cowling and wide fairings provide enhanced weather protection and comfort for longer rides.
  • SLEEK & FUNCTIONAL: The front fender provides ample protection for the fork inner tubes, while long, slim reflectors combine to form a sporty look.
  • SPORTY LOOK & PERFORMANCE: A compact, short muffler contributes to a tight aesthetic and detailed finish. Connector pipes on the header connect 1-4 and 2-3 contributing to performance at all rpm.
  • ALL-DAY COMFORT: A wide handlebar offers easy control and a natural grip, contributing to a relaxed upright stance while low and forward footpeg placements contribute to a spacious riding position.
  • EASY ADJUSTABILITY: For optimal control and comfort, a 6-way adjustable brake lever and a 5-way adjustable clutch lever allow you to choose the position that suits your hand size and preference.

Technology

  • PERFORMANCE MILE AFTER MILE: Open-road adventure awaits when you ride the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle. Featuring state-of-the-art electronics and highest in-class comfort levels, if you’re looking for next-level adventure, you’ll find it aboard the Versys 1000 SE LT+.
  • KAWASAKI ELECTRONIC CONTROL SUSPENSION: The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle's advanced suspension system adapts to riding conditions, providing the ideal amount of damping in real time.
  • RIDE WITH CONFIDENCE: Integrated Riding Modes allow you to adjust traction control, power delivery and suspension character at the touch of a button, delivering confident riding in a variety of situations.
  • TAKE CONTROL FROM YOUR PHONE: Bluetooth® technology enables smartphone connectivity, allowing you to connect to your motorcycle wirelessly via the RIDEOLOGY THE APP smartphone application. Add this to the high-grade full-color TFT dash meter and you've got vehicle information, a detailed riding log and more at the tips of your fingers.
  • RIDE EASY: A simple press of a button allows you to set a desired speed to enable relaxed cruising and enhanced riding comfort.

Touring Capability

  • EQUIPPED FOR ADVENTURE: The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle comes packed with premium touring features and the latest technology to give you and your passengers a convenient and comfortable ride whether you’re touring mile after mile of open road or taking on busy city streets.
  • GO THE DISTANCE: Superb fuel efficiency combined with a 5.5-gallon fuel tank means less stops at the pump and outstanding cruising range.
  • FULLY ADJUSTABLE: The large adjustable windscreen is vented to smooth the airflow and reduce buffeting. A stepless adjustment system allows height to be tailored to your preference.
  • TAKE IT ALL WITH YOU: Allows the KQR™ 28-liter saddlebag to be easily attached and removed for increased convenience. The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle can accommodate both an accessory top case and the standard hard saddlebags simultaneously.

Advanced Electronics

  • STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY: Key enhancements bring Kawasaki’s finest electronic management technology to the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle, resulting in precise chassis orientation awareness that assists your ability to adapt to a wide range of street riding conditions.
  • INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT: Compact IMU monitors inertia along 5 degrees of freedom. Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch rate are measured. The yaw rate is calculated using Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modeling software. Inputs from the IMU give the ECU software an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation.
  • KAWASAKI CORNERING MANAGEMENT FUNCTION: From the entry, through the apex, to the corner exit, KCMF modulates brake force (KIBS) and engine power (KTRC) to facilitate smooth transitions from acceleration to braking, to assist you in tracing your intended line through the corner.
  • KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL: Kawasaki Traction Control covers a wide range of riding conditions, offering enhanced sport riding performance and peace of mind while you’re on the road. When turned on, you can select between three modes to choose the degree in which each mode intervenes during riding.
  • KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM: Kawasaki’s supersport-grade, high-precision brake management system is standard on the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle. High-precision brake pressure control enables the hydraulic pressure to be modulated in much smaller increments than standard ABS systems, conserving lever feel when KIBS is active and ensuring ABS pulses feel light.
  • KAWASAKI QUICK SHIFTER: Dual-direction Kawasaki Quick Shifter allows both clutchless upshifts and downshifts for seamless acceleration and smooth deceleration.
  • SELECTABLE POWER CONTROL: The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle comes with two power modes: Full and Low–allowing you to select power delivery to suit your preference and riding conditions.
  • OPTIMAL VISIBILITY: The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle offers bright and white lighting via twin LED headlamps and LED taillight and license plate lighting.

Chassis Management Technology

  • ABS (ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM): Kawasaki ABS systems use front and rear wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed. Should information from either of the sensors indicate that wheel lock has occurred, the ABS ECU directs the pump in the ABS unit to modulate brake fluid pressure (releasing and reapplying pressure so that traction can be regained) until normal operation resumes. ABS offers rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.
  • CORNERING LIGHTS: A set of three LED lights built into each side of the fairing help illuminate the road when cornering at night. Each of the three lights has a fixed direction and is activated based on lean angle. As the bike leans over, the lights come on in order, creating a wider illuminated path in the direction the bike is heading.
  • HORIZONTAL BACK-LINK REAR SUSPENSION: Compared to the Kawasaki traditional Uni-Trak® rear suspension, which mounts the shock unit vertically, with Horizontal Back-link Rear Suspension, the shock unit is almost horizontal. The original Kawasaki suspension arrangement locates the shock unit very close to the bike's center of gravity, greatly contributing to mass centralization. And because there is no linkage or shock unit protruding beneath the swingarm, this frees up space for a larger exhaust pre-chamber (an exhaust expansion chamber situated just upstream of the silencer). With a larger pre-chamber, silencer volume can be reduced, and heavy exhaust components can be concentrated closer to the center of the bike, further contributing to mass centralization. The result is greatly improved handling. A secondary benefit is that the shock unit is placed far away from exhaust heat. Because it is more difficult for heat from the exhaust system to adversely affect suspension oil and gas pressure, suspension performance is more consistent.
  • KECS (KAWASAKI ELECTRONIC CONTROL SUSPENSION): KECS adapts to road and riding conditions in real time, providing the ideal amount of damping called for by electronically adjusting damping to suit vehicle speed and suspension stroke speed. Deceleration is also taken into account, which allows the system to help manage pitching that may occur during braking. Control via solenoid valve with direct actuation enables an extremely quick reaction time, making KECS ideal for sport riding applications, where natural feeling is crucial to feeling at one with the bike. Built-in stroke sensors on both the fork and rear shock provide real-time stroke speed and compression information. Input from the sensor coils to the KECS ECU is complemented by information provided by the IMU (acceleration/deceleration) and the FI ECU (vehicle speed). The KECS ECU then directs current to the solenoids to adjust damping as required by the situation. Selectable modes allow riders to choose softer or firmer base settings.
  • KIBS (KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM): Kawasaki developed KIBS to take into account the particular handling characteristics of supersport motorcycles, ensuring highly efficient braking with minimal intrusion during sport riding. It is the first mass-production brake system to link the ABS ECU (Electronic Control Unit) and engine ECU. In addition to front and rear wheel speed, KIBS monitors front brake caliper hydraulic pressure, throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and gear position. This diverse information is analyzed to determine the ideal front brake hydraulic pressure. Through precise control, hydraulic pressure is modulated in much smaller increments than with standard ABS systems. The system limits rear wheel lift under heavy braking and takes downshifting into account while braking, allowing the rider to manage the rear brake. And because of the finer control, kickback to the brake lever is minimal, resulting in a very natural feeling.

Engine Management Technology

  • KCMF (KAWASAKI CORNERING MANAGEMENT FUNCTION): Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modeling software and feedback from a compact IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation, KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. The systems that KCMF oversees vary by model, but may include: S-KTRC/KTRC (including traction management and wheel lift management), KLCM (including traction management and wheel lift management) - Designed to optimize acceleration from a stop, KIBS (including pitching management and corner braking management), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control.
  • ASSIST & SLIPPER CLUTCH: Based on feedback from racing activities, the Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam) to either drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart. Under normal operation, the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever feel when operating the clutch. When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and helps prevent the rear tire from hopping and skidding. This race-style function is particularly useful when sport or track riding.
  • DUAL THROTTLE VALVES: Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response can be strong. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency is improved and power is increased.
  • ECONOMICAL RIDING INDICATOR: Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider's control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel's LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced. While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimize negative impact on the environment.
  • ELECTRONIC CRUISE CONTROL: Electronic Cruise Control allows a desired speed (engine rpm) to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle. This reduces stress on the right hand when traveling long distances, enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort.
  • ELECTRONIC THROTTLE VALVES: Kawasaki’s fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel (via fuel injectors) and the air (via throttle valves) delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel injection and throttle valve position results in smooth, natural engine response and the ideal engine output. The system also makes a significant contribution to reduced emissions. Electronic throttle valves also enable more precise control of electronic engine management systems like S-KTRC and KTRC, and allow the implementation of electronic systems like KLCM, Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, and Electronic Cruise Control.
  • KQS (KAWASAKI QUICK SHIFTER): Designed to help riders maximize their acceleration on the track by enabling clutchless upshifts with the throttle fully open, KQS detects that the shift lever has been actuated and sends a signal to the ECU to cut ignition so that the next gear can be engaged without having to use the clutch. On models that offer clutchless downshifts, during deceleration the system automatically controls engine speed so that the next lower gear can be selected without operating the clutch.
  • KTRC (KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL): KTRC, Kawasaki's advanced traction control system provides both enhanced sport riding performance and the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence. Multiple rider-selectable modes (the number of modes varies by model) offer progressively greater levels of intrusion to suit the riding situation and rider preference. Less intrusive modes maintain optimum traction during cornering. Designed with sport riding in mind, they facilitate acceleration out of corners by maximizing forward drive from the rear wheel. And because Kawasaki’s sophisticated software bases its dynamic analysis on the chassis’ orientation relative to the track surface (rather than relative to a horizontal plane), it is able to take into account corner camber, gradient, etc., and adapt accordingly. In the more intrusive modes (and for some models, in any mode), when excessive wheel spin is detected, engine output is reduced to allow grip to be regained, effectively enabling riders to negotiate both short, slippery patches (train tracks or manhole covers) and extended stretches of bad roads (wet pavement, cobblestone, gravel) with confidence. Models equipped with IMU incorporate chassis-orientation feedback to offer even more precise management.
  • POWER MODES: Models equipped with multiple Power Modes offer riders an easily selectable choice of engine power delivery to suit riding conditions or preference. In addition to Full Power mode, one (Low) or two (Middle, Low) alternate mode(s) in which maximum power is limited and throttle response is milder are provided.
  • SMARTPHONE CONNECTIVITY: Clever technology enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. Vehicle information (such as the odometer, fuel gauge, maintenance schedule, etc) can be viewed on the smartphone. Riding logs (varies by model, but may include GPS route, gear position, rpm, and other information) can be viewed on the smartphone. When connected, telephone (call, mail) notices are displayed on the instrument panel. Riders can also make changes to their motorcycle’s instrument display settings (preferred units, clock and date setting, etc) via the smartphone. And on certain models, it is even possible to check and adjust vehicle settings (such as Rider Mode, electronic rider support features, and payload settings) using the smartphone.

Other Features

  • Integrated riding modes, multi-function TFT color LCD screen and heated grips.

Power & Performance

  • GO FARTHER: With both touring and town riding in mind, the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle is tuned for flexibility making it just as comfortable cruising at low rpm as it is when ridden on winding roads in the mid- to high-rpm range.
  • POWERFUL & EFFICIENT: The liquid-cooled, DOHC 1,043cc engine offers superb throttle response, strong torque across the rpm range and an enticing intake howl. Thanks to optimized fuel-injection settings, power delivery is linear and smooth for easy control and maneuverability at low rpm.
  • SMOOTH & RESPONSIVE POWER: Electronic Throttle Valves enable the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to control the volume of both fuel and air delivered to the engine, resulting in smooth, natural engine response and output. Electronic Cruise Control is made possible also by the Electronic Throttle Valves.
  • RACE-INSPIRED: This clutch technology offers a light lever pull plus a back-torque limiting function. When excessive engine braking occurs the slipper cam relieves pressure on the clutch plates to help prevent the rear tire from hopping or skidding.
  • CONFIDENCE INSPIRING: Highly rigid 4-piston, radial mount, monobloc front brake calipers grip large 310mm petal discs and pair with a radial-pump front master brake cylinder to produce superb feel and potent stopping power.
  • SMOOTH & ADAPTIVE: Long-travel suspension delivers a smooth ride on imperfect roads, allowing you to ride with confidence on various road conditions.

Styling & Ergonomics

  • SLEEK & COMFORTABLE: With a design that boasts flowing body lines traceable from front to rear, the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle’s styling highlights its fun, sporty nature while keeping rider and passenger comfort paramount.
  • SIGNATURE KAWASAKI STYLING: The design of the upper cowl and surrounding bodywork convey a strong Kawasaki Identity while also providing functional benefits. Along with adding to the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle’s aggressive look, the upper cowling and wide fairings provide enhanced weather protection and comfort for longer rides.
  • SLEEK & FUNCTIONAL: The front fender provides ample protection for the fork inner tubes, while long, slim reflectors combine to form a sporty look.
  • SPORTY LOOK & PERFORMANCE: A compact, short muffler contributes to a tight aesthetic and detailed finish. Connector pipes on the header connect 1-4 and 2-3 contributing to performance at all rpm.
  • ALL-DAY COMFORT: A wide handlebar offers easy control and a natural grip, contributing to a relaxed upright stance while low and forward footpeg placements contribute to a spacious riding position.
  • EASY ADJUSTABILITY: For optimal control and comfort, a 6-way adjustable brake lever and a 5-way adjustable clutch lever allow you to choose the position that suits your hand size and preference.

Technology

  • PERFORMANCE MILE AFTER MILE: Open-road adventure awaits when you ride the Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle. Featuring state-of-the-art electronics and highest in-class comfort levels, if you’re looking for next-level adventure, you’ll find it aboard the Versys 1000 SE LT+.
  • KAWASAKI ELECTRONIC CONTROL SUSPENSION: The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle's advanced suspension system adapts to riding conditions, providing the ideal amount of damping in real time.
  • RIDE WITH CONFIDENCE: Integrated Riding Modes allow you to adjust traction control, power delivery and suspension character at the touch of a button, delivering confident riding in a variety of situations.
  • TAKE CONTROL FROM YOUR PHONE: Bluetooth® technology enables smartphone connectivity, allowing you to connect to your motorcycle wirelessly via the RIDEOLOGY THE APP smartphone application. Add this to the high-grade full-color TFT dash meter and you've got vehicle information, a detailed riding log and more at the tips of your fingers.
  • RIDE EASY: A simple press of a button allows you to set a desired speed to enable relaxed cruising and enhanced riding comfort.

Touring Capability

  • EQUIPPED FOR ADVENTURE: The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle comes packed with premium touring features and the latest technology to give you and your passengers a convenient and comfortable ride whether you’re touring mile after mile of open road or taking on busy city streets.
  • GO THE DISTANCE: Superb fuel efficiency combined with a 5.5-gallon fuel tank means less stops at the pump and outstanding cruising range.
  • FULLY ADJUSTABLE: The large adjustable windscreen is vented to smooth the airflow and reduce buffeting. A stepless adjustment system allows height to be tailored to your preference.
  • TAKE IT ALL WITH YOU: Allows the KQR™ 28-liter saddlebag to be easily attached and removed for increased convenience. The Versys® 1000 SE LT+ motorcycle can accommodate both an accessory top case and the standard hard saddlebags simultaneously.