We mentioned that Kawasaki is planning to release 6 new models in mid-November. Yet that doesn't mean there aren't more to expect. Just recently, the brand unveiled the 2021 Versys 1000 S.

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The details are outlined in their lengthy 15-minute launch video below.


The 2021 model features a carry-over of its current design. Many new smart features have been added though, improving the value of the S, positioned as the mid-level variant of the Versys line.

Kawasaki launches 2021 Versys 1000 image

Among these improvements are cornering lights, new riding modes, Kawasaki Quickshifter, Kawasaki Traction Control. New comfort features are smartphone connectivity, heated grips, and cruise control. The final addition is self-healing paint.

Kawasaki launches 2021 Versys 1000 image

Unique to this market is the Versys 1000 Tourer line. The first Tourer trim is a ready-to-ride variant fitted with a number of accessories specially suited to long distance riding, right out of the showroom.

Kawasaki launches 2021 Versys 1000 image

The model comes with a one-key twin pannier system that has a combined capacity of 56 liters together with a protective tank pad. The Tourer Plus, on the other hand, comes with a 47-L top case, a universal GPS bracket, and frame sliders. They're also fitted with a set of LED fog lights.

Kawasaki launches 2021 Versys 1000 image

It's interesting how the US and Europe markets offer the Versys already fully-equipped right off the showroom. Locally, anyone looking to get into long-distance riding with a Versys will have to buy the bike and the accessories separately.