2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Spied in Romania

With gorgeous scenery and a lot of challenging roads, it’s not surprising that Kawasaki chose this country for testing the pre-release version of its updated Versys 1000 liter-class trail bike. The new bike looks indeed different from the rather dull and inexpressive design launched in 2012. The photo was taken from an angle which only tells half the story, but even so it’s obvious that the house of Akashi understood the need to keep up with the rest of the bikes in this segment.
2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 3 photos
Photo: Lisah Photographie
2015 Kawasaki Versys 10002012 Kawasaki Versys 1000
The fairing on the spied model adds a more modern look to the big Versys, and a dash of more sport-derived DNA, which is always a good thing. The upper part of the fairing is no longer a one-piece unit, and sports a “layered“ design which looks edgier and way better.

From this angle it’s hard to be 100% certain on how the front end of the bike looks. However, watching the photo closely reveals what may be the outer edge of the left headlight, hinting us on Kawasaki’s decision to drop the rather questionable dual stacked headlight module. Even more, the front fairing no longer seems as tall as that of the 2012 bike, so a more traditional dual headlight cluster seems likely.

Adding color matched sidecases and top box was natural, even though we guess they’ll be offered as an option. The swingarm seems to be similar, and so are the brakes. The bike is also expected to receive more tech upgrades, such as traction control and maybe even multiple engine mappings. The photo already shows ABS ring-fitted rotors, so anti-locking brakes should be standard. The center stand was optional in the previous versions, but the 2015 Versys 1000 could include it as standard.

So far we like what we seem, even though the bike is fitted with cast wheels, which are a good sign it will not be that happy on rougher roads. The same makeover is expected for the Versys 650. Via motomag.
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