Now updated for the new year is Kawasaki’s big adventure bike, the 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000, which comes in standard and SE versions. The 2019 Versys 1000 is not a new model per se, but rather an updated version from the previous generation tourer.

For those familiar with the big Versys, the front facade of the 2019 Versys 1000 is all-new, with twin LED headlights and a short beak. There is some design resemblance between the Versys 1000 and the Ninja sports bikes, along with changes to the side panels and exhaust.

A TFT-LCD instrument panel now features on the Versys 1000, and connects with the Rideology app – available only on the SE – for enhanced user functions, although the rev counter is still an analogue unit. Meanwhile, an auxiliary power socket, previously an option, is now standard on the Versys 1000.

There are no changes in the engine room, with the Versys 1000 powered by an inline-four cylinder liquid-cooled mill displacing 1,043 cc, mated to a six-speed gearbox. Kawasaki says the Versys 1000 puts out 120 PS at 9,000 rpm and 102 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm – no difference to the outgoing Versys 1000.

Twin 310 mm diameter discs on the front wheel handle stopping duties, clamped by four-piston callipers and suspended by upside-down 43 mm diameter forks. At the back is a Showa BFRC monoshock and both front and back suspension can be adjusted for preload and compression.

A full suite of rider aids comes with the Versys 1000, including three-mode Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), adjustable windshield, Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), cruise control and power modes. The SE version adds to the aforementioned specifications list with LED Cornering Lights, Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) which complements the ride modes, quickshifter, self-repairing paint, hand guards and taller windshield.

Naturally, a full range of accessories is available for the 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000, which comes in four colour options for Europe, from the official catalogue. These include crash bars, top box and side panniers and auxiliary riding lights.