Kawasaki announces 2016 model upgrades

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ABS as standard plus a slipper clutch and two new coloursHeavily revised for 2015, the 2016 version just gets new colours and a £200 increase

Kawasaki announces 2016 model upgrades

For 2016, Kawasaki has already confirmed upgrades for two of its most popular models – the sports tourer Z1000SX and adventure tourer Versys 1000.

The Z1000SX is the Japanese manufacturer’s best-seller and will be equipped a race-inspired slipper clutch designed to prevent the rear wheel from locking on downshifts. Kawasaki claim the slipper clutch will create a 30% lighter feel at the lever.

ABS will also be included on this model as standard whereas the 2015 model offered ABS as a £400 option.

Three colour options on the 2016 Z1000SX are available; Candy Lime Green has been given a “sportier and more aggressive treatment” and the new model now includes a green stripe around the wheels. Metallic Carbon Grey remains, although has been inverted while Candy Plasma Blue / Metallic Spark Black replaces Candy Fire Red / Metallic Spark Black.

The Z1000SX remains available for £9699 and we understand the 2016 edition will be in dealerships across the UK as early as next week.

2016 Kawasaki Z1000SX in Candy Lime Green2016 Kawasaki Z1000SX in Metallic Carbon Grey2016 Kawasaki Z1000SX in Candy Plasma Blue

The new-for-2015 Versys 1000 has had its colours updated for 2016 as well as a £200 price increase.

Out go Candy Burnt Orange and Pearl Starburst White to be replaces by the traditional Kawasaki Candy Lime Green and Metallic Raw Titanium. The third colour option of Metallic Carbon Grey remains.

For 2016, the Versys 1000 will now be priced at £9949.

2016 Kawasaki Versys 1000 in Candy Lime Green2016 Kawasaki Versys 1000 in Metallic Carbon Grey2016 Kawasaki Versys 1000 in Metallic Raw Titanium

Craig Watson, Kawasaki UK Sales Manager, said: “Our engineers continue to work hard to ensure that the Z1000SX will stay at the top of every riders wish list,  it’s feature laden and remains such a strong proposition as the all-rounder that can a tackle a track day or a two up trip to Europe. We are sure that the new 2016 model will continue to be a best seller for our extensive dealer network.”

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