The 2020 Kawasaki Versys 1000 for Europe is very close to the Canadian Versys 1000 LT model. They both use the same 1043 cc liquid cooled DOHC inline 4 producing 118 crank HP and 75 lbs-ft of crank torque, the only real difference being in the features that come with the motorcycle.
Unlike the Canadian LT, the European 1000 does not come with hard case saddlebags, and instead has a variety of “Kawasaki Editions” that add certain features to the bike. The Tourer edition adds the hard case saddlebags, while the Tourer Plus adds a tank pad and frame sliders, while the top spec Grand Tourer adds a hard case top bag on the rear, GPS bracket, frame and engine sliders, and a 12V dash socket to power a GPS unit.
The 2020 Kawasaki Versys 1000 is available in almost any EU nation and the UK, prices vary depending on local taxes, VAT, and shipping costs
On this page:we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new Kawasaki Versys 1000 in one place.
43 mm inverted fork with rebound damping (right-side) and spring preload adjustability
Horizontal Back-link, gas-charged, with rebound damping and remote spring preload adjustability
Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs
Single 250 mm petal disc
Fuel Tank Capacity
Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black
24 Month Limited Warranty
2020 Kawasaki Versys 1000 Features
KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension)
The Versys 1000 SE model comes with KECS which is based on the semi-active system that debuting on the 2018 Ninja ZX-10R SE, KECS adapts to road and riding conditions in real time, providing the ideal amount of damping called for. Combining high-level mechanical components with the latest electronic control technology, KECS offers both the suppleness to handle a wide range of riding situations, as well as the firm damping to facilitate sport riding. The tyres feel planted, delivering confidence when cornering. On the Versys 1000 SE, KECS also includes electronically adjustable rear preload – a first for Kawasaki. Riders can choose from three payload modes (each with +5/-5 adjustment):
Rider with luggage
Rider with passenger and luggage
KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)
Designed to help riders maximize their acceleration on the track by enabling clutchless upshifts with the throttle fully open, KQS detects that the shift lever has been actuated and sends a signal to the ECU to cut ignition so that the next gear can be engaged without having to use the clutch. On models that offer clutchless downshifts, during deceleration the system automatically controls engine speed so that the next lower gear can be selected without operating the clutch.
LED Cornering Lights
Lights built into the shrouds help illuminate the road when cornering at night. Each of the three lights has a fixed direction and is activated based on lean angle. As the bike leans over, the lights come on in order, creating a wider illuminated path in the direction the bike is heading. These are not an accessory but only available on the SE model.