By John Burns Editor Score: 89.5%
2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+
Editor Score: 89.5%
What’s not to like, really? Kawasaki‘s “versatile system” Versys sisters – X 300, 650 and 1000 – are all just that, versatile bikes for all seasons. But now that there’s a lot more competition in the adventurish sporty roadbike segment than there used to be, the Versys 1000 felt like it needed to keep up with the Joneses.
To that end, Kawasaki threw the works at it for 2019. Now we’ve got electronic suspension, a full ride-by-wire engine with ride modes and cruise control, a 6-axis Bosch IMU communicating with new rider aids, all-new bodywork and windscreen, a new color-TFT display dash, the ability to Bluetooth up to your phone and use Kawasaki’s own proprietary Rideology app, quickshifter, LED lighting and cornering lights, yada yada yada…
It’s like this Versys really wants to be a hi-tech Euro-bike. The experts keep telling us that’s where all the money is in the current market. It feels like Kawi added everything they could to this one to launch it into the “premium” motorcycle segment, and as long as somebody else is expectorating the $17,999, we’re down with that.
Has the seat always been this high? Apparently yes: According to our last comparo including the Versys, 33.1 inches is same as before. That’s really about as high as my 30-inch legs like to go for an everyday motorcycle, big toes just able to reach the ground on either side at once. The new dash with TFT display really has taken things decidedly upscale, along with all the new switchgear buttons necessary to operate all the new stuff.
The new windscreen with …read more