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All New 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE – Full Review

This is a full review of the all new 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 S.

Hi i’m masonry kinhata manager for motorcycle product planning at kawasaki for the 2021 model year we are happy to introduce our further development of the belgian sc again it features showa electronically adjustable suspension but now with a unique advantage of show skype technology taking the very sliding experience to the next level of comfort and dynamic

Performance in simple terms the machine feels as if it is suspended from the sky allowing it to remain more comfort and responsive than was ever possible before as best range leader for 2021 the ac model continues to feature a much functional tft meter electronic cruise control a range of imu supported glider systems plus bluetooth smartphone connection that

Is not all the best news for 2021 a new ass model joins versus family with a high standard specification featuring most of the outstanding features that made their debut on the versus sc the only difference from the sc model is the new belt 6s features advanced manually adjustable suspension front and rear delivering a brand new high specification model in

The best litter class family positioned between the standard model and range leading sc the popular basis any load any time concept moves to the next level for 2021 with three distinct models standard s and sc whatever type of rider you wear and whatever type of rod you ride there is an ideal basis for you let’s good times role so him versus when

You look at it it’s an adventure style bike we call it an any roads bike it’s not an off-road bike but on any roads bike it’s nice high wide handlebars good protective screen great ergonomic riding position a fantastic seat as a distance machine it’s incredible but also as a sport bike you’ve got that four-cylinder engine you’ve even got an up-down quick

Shifter and you can ride it like a sport bike as well so that’s the interesting thing for versus s it can be an incredible tourer but it can equally be an incredible sport bike at the heart of it of course is that four cylinder engine and that offers so much what that four cylinder engine does apart from the fact that it’s a classic kawasaki configuration is

That low down it’s extremely smooth and docile in the mid-range it’s got strong pull and flexibility now perhaps those two facets are shared with some other adventure bikes at the top end you can really call on a lot of top-end russian and have a really sporting ride as well as the adventure ride and i don’t think that’s something that other adventure style

Bikes can really offer osaki also has a system it’s called kibs could you explain a little bit about that well that’s probably just the start of the story to be honest with you so it has uh twin monoblock calipers at the front as you as you point out and uh they are acted upon by kibs an acronym which is a kawasaki intelligent braking system if we take a step

Kind of back from that at the very core of the verses is a thing called an imu an inertial measurement unit which measures six parameters acceleration deceleration lean angle your things like this along with the motorcycles ecu that really is the brain that controls things like kawasaki intelligent braking system but also things like traction control and other

Systems within the bike so there is quite a few layers of electronic rider aids that can help and support you in your riding i’m not a very technical guy you talk about these electronic rider aids i’m bound to get confused let’s just split it into two okay on one side you’ve got the people that want to adjust everything themselves they want to go into depth

And select everything and get the exact specification they want the other side is probably people like you and i that want to find a setting quite quickly get on their bike and ride and with these bikes you’ve got the advantage of rider modes basically you can select from one of four rider modes by selecting the first three modes whether it be a soft mode

All the way up to a sport mode what that does is it combines traction control and power mode from a load of parameters which have been already assessed by the factory so it’s an instant setting for the bike finally there is mode 4 which is called manual where you can go into that depth but for people like you and i that want to just get on a ride it’s actually

Really very simple when you get used to it and selecting on the handlebar switches you can select the mode that you want and then go off and ride you’re good to go absolutely good good if we want to talk about the versus s could you tell me a little bit about the significance of the bike in the versus family you have your showroom models in their various color

Options that’s to start with if you feel like it you can look through the accessory catalog and decide on which parts you might want to add but we also make additions which are basically motorcycles that you can specify and then just take from the showroom when you’ve when you’ve paid for them they’re ready to go yes so you have the standard model here we see

Now then you have tourer which has panniers tora plus which has the luggage but also adds fog lamps and then at the top you have the versus grand tourer which includes a 47 litre top case engine sliders universal sat nav bracket so at the top of the range you have the grand tourer which i’m lucky enough to be riding at the moment for 2021 it’s all led lighting

On the versus s that means the headlamps the rear lights the indicators the fog lights if you’ve got them as an accessory but also the cornering lights they’re also led and what do the cornering lines do basically you go around a corner and as you lean the first light comes on and illuminates that part of the road that’s in front of you so your headlamps are

Illuminating the road ahead and then you start to see a light shining at the base there you lean over a little bit more and the second light comes on but it’s not at the same angle as the first it’s lighting a slightly different part of the road and then finally at your maximum lean angle you get the best display of lights the most illumination on the road

So you’ve got the combination of your headlamps and the cornering lights now we saw a glimpse of the meters could you tell us a little bit more about the meters the tft meters is for me one of the standout features of the bike it’s extremely clear and easy to use we’ve had so many positive comments about it i’ve ridden in very very hard rain fog at night any

Condition this meter is highly visible and conveys information really easily one of its other advantages is that actually you can pair with the meter with your smartphone via bluetooth kawasaki has some software called radiology you download this to your smartphone and you can interact with your machine in terms of the versus s you can see battery condition

You can see how much fuel is left on another level it’s almost like a riding log you can see where you’ve been you can track your rides you can see the lean angle that you had on your ride and things like this because for the versus se which has electronic suspension you can even adjust your suspension when you’re not on the motorcycle and the next time you go

To your bike you turn the key it pairs up and the suspension adjust itself let’s wrap up the s and let’s talk about the sc and is especially the differences between the s and the se so the fundamental difference is that the se is the machine with electronic damp suspension which is from our world superbike partner shower and for 2021 the big news is that

The suspension now is using skyhook technology and what does skyhook technology mean it assumes that the motorcycle is held or suspended by an invisible hook from the sky so the attitude of the motorcycle remains stable while the suspension moves and reacts to the bumps and deviations in the road i think we’ve more or less covered everything that we have to

Say about the the versus s in the versus s e and i think martin that we could it’s safe to say that you are a big fan you say you’re a yuba fan and i would like to thank you very much for sharing your enthusiasm and your insights of course and i would like to thank you for taking the time to listen to us talking about the versus s and the versus se the 2021

Models and i hope adventure will be calling you very soon

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