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Kawasaki Versys 1000 range expands for 2022 MY update

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 range is expanded for 2022 with the addition of a new entry-level 'Standard' variant, plus a new SE trim to sit above S

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The Kawasaki Versys 1000 range will continue on into 2022 with only minor changes after the Japanese company confirmed the range will be expanded out to three trim levels.

The flagship of Kawasaki’s popular adventure-tourer Versys line-up, the 1000 retains the same signature look and 999cc engine generating 118bhp and 75ft.Ib of torque.

Instead, the big changes come with a rejig of the trim levels with the addition of a new top of the range SE version, plus the inclusion of a new ‘Standard’ model which provides a new entry-point into the range. The existing ‘Standard’ is now known by the S trim.

Kit levels on the Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE over the S include the addition of electronically damped Showa Skyhook suspension and other electronic rider aides designed to promote greater confidence over touring adventures. Prices for the Versys 1000 SE starts at £14,999, rising to £16.699 for the Grand Tourer with larger panniers and more practical pillion solution.

The standard Kawasaki Versys 1000 meanwhile comes in at a competitive £12,099 but does without the electric rider aides and rider modes and TFT instruments, while a larger windscreen, grip heaters and hand covers are priced accessories.

The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is the latest in a run of range updates from Kawasaki, many of which are expected to feature in an upcoming unveiling by Kawasaki’s USA arm, plus the recently revealed Kawasaki Z650 RS.

Kawasaki will then have three models to present during November’s EICMA show in Milan, with rumours pointing towards a successor to the Kawasaki ZX-6R sportsbike.