Kawasaki has, it seems, rekindled their love for the Indian market, albeit for the niche and premium segment of motorcycle industry here. Recently we got to see the team green bringing to our shores the naked Z250 and the ER-6n. Just a few months before that that Z800 and the Z1000 arrived in style.
if a report at Bikewale .com is to be believed, Kawasaki’s next model here will be the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 which they say is launching this month. The report also claims that dealerships have started accepting bookings for the same.
The inline four cylinder, liquid cooled 1,043 cc engine produces 118PS of power at 9,000 rpm and 102 Nm of torque at 7,700 rpm. In comparison to the Z1000, the engine provides for strong low and mid-range torque and smooth power delivery. The chassis has been designed to have sporty dynamics thanks to its lightweight aluminium tube frame and uses the engine as a stressed member. Offering a firm and planted feeling, good stability, light and nimble turning abilities.
Versys comes with a large 21L fuel tank and according to company claims, it provides a range of 400kms in a full tank. It also has an economical ride indicator and features KTRC, Kawasaki’s version of traction control which has 3 modes. The report further states that deliveries will start from December and the bike will be imported in India as a CBU (completely built unit). Prices are expected to be a notch lower than 15 lakhs.
We understand that there is a market of niche premium bikes out there, but, trust us, we will be a lot more happy if Kawasaki decides to bring the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650. It will be a motorcycle suiting way better to our market, as it can be priced way more sensibly for a larger part of the Motorcycling population in the country.