INTERMOT 2014: Kawasaki updates the Versys 1000 and 650

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Kawasaki unveiled new looks for the Versys 650 and Versys 1000 at the INTERMOT show and added some upgrades to address the few items on riders’ wish lists.

Kawasaki Versys 650Both models get a new, dual-headlight look up front, and Kawasaki says the new fairing provides better wind protection and improved aerodynamics. Versys 650 owners tend to be a happy lot, but the front brakes were a common complaint. For 2015, Kawasaki changed the calipers, brake pad material and master cylinder. Other changes include tweaks to the 649cc parallel twin engine to improve top-end power and upgrades to the fork. Adjustments are now separated between the two fork tubes, and all the adjusters are on the top for easier access.

Kawasaki Versys 1000Kawasaki has not officially confirmed that the Versys 1000 is coming to the U.S. market, but there is definitely an audience waiting when this bike does finally arrive. Kawasaki made some improvements to make the big Versys more convenient for touring. A center stand eases maintenance on the road, and the frame was revised to expand the luggage options. A one-key pannier system is available, and the windscreen height can be adjusted without tools.

Anti-lock brakes and power mode selections are standard, to help riders control the power from the 1,043cc inline four-cylinder engine. Now it’s just a question of Kawasaki finally deciding to share this bike with U.S. riders.

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