India Kawasaki Motors has stopped the sales of Kawasaki Versys 1000 in India, according to a report from Zigwheels. The Japanese manufacturer has cited meagre demand as the reason for the discontinuation of the Versys 1000.
The company is instead concentrating on the pushing sales of the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 and the Versys 650. The reason for the lack of demand can also be attributed to the dated design of the Kawasaki Versys 1000 as compared to its direct rivals like Triumph Tiger 1200 XCx, Honda Africa Twin, Ducati Multistrada 1200 and the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. Furthermore, the motorcycle was quite intimidating for the shorter Indian riders with a tall 845 mm saddle height and a weight of 239 kg.
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 offered comfortable riding dynamics, excellent ride quality, refined and powerful engine, an extensive electronics suite and excellent brakes, which made a perfect case for itself. However, the competition was just way ahead of it in almost all aspects. We hope Kawasaki comes up with a new generation Versys 1000 with a fresh design and more accessible dimensions. According to the report, Kawasaki will look at developing a new model only if there’s market demand for the motorcycle.
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 employed a 1,043 cc, inline-four, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine that is capable of producing a maximum power of 120 PS at 9,000 rpm while developing a peak torque of 102 Nm at 7500rpm. The engine is matched to a 6-speed transmission with a standard slipper clutch. To aid the touring capabilities of the bike, the engine is re-tuned to offer better power delivery at low and mid-range.
Kawasaki Traction Control system (KTRC, with three modes), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), two power modes - high and low -, and a semi-digital instrument cluster were some of the main features of the Kawasaki Versys 1000. The touring motorcycle's console displayed information like an odometer, temperature, trip-meter, distance to empty, clock, and real-time mileage indicator among others.