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Equal parts sport and touring, Kawasaki’s 2020 Versys 1000 SE LT+ lives up to its “Versys” nomenclature.
Equal parts sport and touring, Kawasaki’s 2020 Versys 1000 SE LT+ lives up to its “Versys” nomenclature. (Adam Waheed/)The Versys 1000 is powered by Kawasaki’s tried-and-true 1,043cc inline-four. The engine has been retrofitted with exquisitely calibrated ride-by-wire throttle control. This enables multiple engine/throttle response maps and cruise control.
The Versys 1000 is powered by Kawasaki’s tried-and-true 1,043cc inline-four. The engine has been retrofitted with exquisitely calibrated ride-by-wire throttle control. This enables multiple engine/throttle response maps and cruise control. (Adam Waheed/)The Versys 1000 SE LT+ comes outfitted with a well-engineered set of color-matched hard cases. Both cases are lockable and can be easily removed from the motorcycle.
The Versys 1000 SE LT+ comes outfitted with a well-engineered set of color-matched hard cases. Both cases are lockable and can be easily removed from the motorcycle. (Adam Waheed/)The rider and passenger saddle on the Versys 1000 is plush and well-supportive. If you’re seeking a comfy touring rig, this bike is it.
The rider and passenger saddle on the Versys 1000 is plush and well-supportive. If you’re seeking a comfy touring rig, this bike is it. (Adam Waheed/)A color TFT display flanks the swept-face tachometer. The display offers crisp fonts and the settings are manipulated via handlebar-mounted switchgear. While we wish the display was touchscreen-compatible, the rider can use Kawasaki’s Rideology smartphone app to communicate with the motorcycle and make setting adjustments.
A color TFT display flanks the swept-face tachometer. The display offers crisp fonts and the settings are manipulated via handlebar-mounted switchgear. While we wish the display was touchscreen-compatible, the rider can use Kawasaki’s Rideology smartphone app to communicate with the motorcycle and make setting adjustments. (Adam Waheed/)Rider’s select from four combined engine/throttle maps (Rain, Road, Sport, and a customizable Rider map). Semi-active suspension, with electronically adjustable shock preload, and cruise control are all touring-friendly features.
Rider’s select from four combined engine/throttle maps (Rain, Road, Sport, and a customizable Rider map). Semi-active suspension, with electronically adjustable shock preload, and cruise control are all touring-friendly features. (Adam Waheed/)Kawasaki teamed up with Showa for its semi-active electronically adjustable suspension. The suspenders offer a good compromise between touring comfort and spirited-riding-friendly road holding.
Kawasaki teamed up with Showa for its semi-active electronically adjustable suspension. The suspenders offer a good compromise between touring comfort and spirited-riding-friendly road holding. (Adam Waheed/)Bridgestone’s marvelous and well-rounded Battlax T31 sport-touring tires are OE fitment on the Versys 1000.
Bridgestone’s marvelous and well-rounded Battlax T31 sport-touring tires are OE fitment on the Versys 1000. (Adam Waheed/)The Versys 1000 is outfitted with a sophisticated lighting package. The LED headlamps are some of the best we’ve sampled during night rides, and cornering lamps help illuminate the road through turns.
The Versys 1000 is outfitted with a sophisticated lighting package. The LED headlamps are some of the best we’ve sampled during night rides, and cornering lamps help illuminate the road through turns. (Adam Waheed/)

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