10 Things Every Motorcycle Enthusiast Should Know About The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000

the Kawasaki The Versys series has always been synonymous with value for money, as it offers all the essentials for a true adventure tourer at a very affordable price. As a result, it was also able to achieve great success in the American market, making it one of the best-selling adventure touring motorcycles. The 2022 Versys 1000 is available for sale now at a base MSRP of $18,399 and sees no changes from the outgoing model.

Even without major changes, the 2022 Versys 1000 is still a motorcycle that would be high on the list of vehicles sought after by touring enthusiasts. This is mainly because of the impressive inline-4 engine which delivers excellent acceleration and a sonic exhaust note. Superb wind protection, sophisticated suspension setup and extensive onboard features are some of the other factors. With fierce competition from Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and Triumph Tiger 900, here are 10 things every enthusiast should know about the Versys 1000.

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ten The Inline-4 engine hides the weight of the bike quite well

Kawasaki Versys 1000 hd 2022 adventure bike wallpaper
On: www.kawasaki.com

The 1033cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline-4 engine from the outgoing 2021 model is also retained in this 2022 moniker. The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000s engine produces nearly 118 hp and 75.2 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and refueling is done using a DFI Keihin fuel injection system.

2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 front third quarter cornering view
On: www.kawasaki.com

The powertrain features of the 2021 model remain unchanged, and that’s a good thing to know. It’s one of the most powerful engines in the segment and so cruising the highways is an easy task. Twist the throttle in any gear and the Versys 1000 rolls along like a freight train. The bike is also quite fun to ride around town, requiring very few gear changes.

9 The gearbox has all the typical Kawasaki features


The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000’s 6-speed gearbox is up there with the best of the lot. The gear changes offered are very crisp and the chances of having a false neutral are close to zero. The transmission does not make annoying noises either.


In comparison, the 2022 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and Yamaha Tracer 9 GTs drivetrain don’t feel as positive as the one offered with the Versys 1000. Along with that, the quick up and down shifter and slipper clutch and assistance make the overall shifting experience excellent. Sixth gear is very high and that makes the highway cruising experience easier.

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8 Extremely comfortable ergonomics

2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Front Third Quarter Cruise View
Via: Kawasaki.eu

Ergonomics are on point for the Versys 1000 2022, similar to its little brother, the Versys 650 2022. The handlebars are exactly where they should be, neither too far forward nor too far back. As a result, the rider does not take too much strain on his spine. The placement of the footpegs isn’t too high either.

2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 front third quarter studio view
On: www.kawasaki.com

Other than that, the seats are well-cushioned and are by far the most comfortable stock seats in the segment. A saddle that is not too stiff means that the bike is pleasantly comfortable both in town and on road trips. A well-designed tank that the rider can lock their leg on with a reasonably high windshield adds to the comfort.

seven Excellent on the highway

The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is made for the long haul
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The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is made to conquer the miles on the highways. With cruise control on board, the pilot could easily make a 1000 mile trip with very minimal fatigue. The upright driving position and the absence of engine vibrations also contribute to comfort.

2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 adv hd wallpaper
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With the windshield set to the highest position, wind buffeting is well controlled. Other than that, the front and rear suspension setup of the Kawasaki Versys 1000 has the right mix of sporty character and comfort, making it a fun bike to ride on the highways. Even the biggest potholes are absorbed well, which is not the case with some rivals.

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6 Driving through city traffic is a bit cumbersome

The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is also designed for off-road roads
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With a wet weight of 567 lbs, the 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is not the easiest motorcycle to ride, especially in city riding conditions. The bike feels its weight during minor direction changes, with the handlebars feeling a bit heavy. Front braking also needs some getting used to, as the initial bite is quite high.

2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000 front third quarter view
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Other than that, the 33.1″ seat height and 5.9″ ground clearance make the Versys 1000 2022 not very accessible to shorter people. However, there are many aftermarket accessories such as suspensions and shortened seats that would solve this problem.

5 Gets all important features and Rider Tech as standard

2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 front third quarter view
Via: Kawasaki.eu

Every feature you could think of comes in the Versys 1000 2022 as standard. As a result, features such as dual throttle butterflies, assist and slipper clutch, economy driving indicator, multiple driving modes, etc. are on board. All of them make driving much more comfortable and relaxed.

The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Can Take Corners Well
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Apart from that, lots of features like cornering ABS, traction control, ABS, quick shifter, corner management function, etc. are offered as standard. Many chassis management features such as electronically controlled suspension, cornering lights and rear-link horizontal rear suspension are also standard.

4 Not the most fuel-efficient motorcycle in the segment

Angled view of the 2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000
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If you are looking for a frugal mode of transportation, you are going to be disappointed with the 2022 Versys 1000. This motorcycle has a huge inline 4 engine and therefore can only deliver a combined gas mileage of nearly 35 mpg which is fairly decent for the segment.

The 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 gets plenty of touring accessories
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By comparison, the 2022 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT has a slightly better combined gas mileage of over 40 mpg. With a 5.5 gallon tank capacity, the same as the smaller Versys 650, the tank’s combined range is almost 200 miles. However, the bike delivers over 40 mpg on highways.

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3 Instrument cluster is bright and feature-rich

2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Rideology app in action
On: www.kawasaki.com

The dashboard of the 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is a perfect blend of analog and digital technology. The tachometer is an analogue dial, and it’s very bright and looks very premium, especially compared to the all-digital display of nearly every rival.

The cornering of the 2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is unlike any other dual-sport bike
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The TFT instrument cluster is quite intuitive and is also well sized. The screen gets quite bright and the viewing angles of the screen are also excellent. Even the interface is very slick and matches what BMW offers with its monikers. Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone integration, all information can also be viewed on the display. The app also stores all the vital motorcycle related data like trip, navigation, service and many more.

2 Braking is precise and progressive

2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000 hd wallpaper
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The braking performance offered by the 2022 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is far superior to that of the Versys 650. The main reason for the impressive braking performance is the excellent braking hardware provided by Kawasaki. The front of the Versys 1000 gets twin 310mm petal-style discs with four-piston calipers, and the rear comes with a single 250mm disc with a single-piston caliper.

The 2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is making its way back
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The front brakes proved to be one of the sharpest in the segment, and even a small pull on the brake lever brought the bike to a halt without hesitation. Frontal dive is manageable, and the ABS isn’t very intrusive. The same bite and progression are also offered from the rear. The rear also gets ABS as standard, which helps this heavy bike come to a stop comfortably.

1 Heating is well controlled

The 2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Can Take Corners Very Well
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Heating has never been a major issue with Kawasaki’s inline-4 engines, and the same goes for the 2022 Versys 1000 as well. This engine is not very stressed and therefore the heat emitted is well controlled. Liquid cooling also provides good heating control.

The 2021 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is a comfortable car
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The radiator runs quietly and the fan does not emit heat to the rider, unlike the Ducati Multistrada. All this makes it quite comfortable while driving around town. The bike’s aerodynamics also allow air to pass through the engine, which helps it cool down, which is very helpful in highway riding conditions.

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