Kawasaki has transferred the successful Versys concept to a powerful 1000 cc fourcylinder. Therefor the Z 1000 engine has been tuned for more flexibility, better throttle response and strong torque at all rpm – especially in the low-mid range.
The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve 1,043 cm3 in-line four delivers 86,8 kW (118 PS) at 9.000 rpm. The maximum torque is indicated with 102 Nm at 7.700 rpm.
A choice of Full Power or Low Power modes allows riders to set power delivery to suit preference and conditions. Low Power mode limits output to approximately 75% of Full Power and delivers a milder throttle response. Reduction of both power and throttle response varies according to engine speed (rpm), throttle position and gear position.
The aluminium twin-tube frame uses the engine as a stressed member. The frame is a 5-piece cast aluminium construction, consisting of steering stem, left and right main frames, and two cross pieces. The two main frame components have open C-shaped cross sections and were die-cast to ensure a smooth surface finish.
The 43 mm upside down fork is adjustable for rebound damping (right-side only) and preload. Rear suspension’s monoshock is positioned above the swingarm. A remote preload adjuster allows to make changes to suit tandem riding or luggage to the rear shock. The shock’s rebound damping is also adjustable.
ABS is standard on the Versys 1000. The 300 mm front petal discs are gripped by opposed four-piston callipers. At the rear a 250 mm petal disc is slowed by a single-piston calliper.
The six-spoke wheels measure 17” and are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion Trail multi purpose tyres