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Kawasaki Versys 1000 Gen 2 (2015-2018) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

2015 Orange Kawasaki Versys 1000 Gen 2 Diagonal studio image

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Kawasaki Versys 1000 made since 2015. The 2015 model saw significant style improvements and upgraded front suspension.

The Versys 1000 has been through a number of iterations:

  • Gen 1 Versys 1000 (2012-2014): Released late in 2011 for the 2012 model year, using the 1,043 engine from the Ninja 1000/Z1000 but in an upright, sport/adventure touring chassis.
  • Gen 2 Versys 1000 (2015-2018): Upgraded front suspension and braking, and significant style improvements.
  • Gen 3 Versys 1000 (2019+): Six-axis IMU, cruise control, and active electronic suspension (SE and LT models), and more style improvements.

All generations of the Versys 1000 since launch have been based on the same 1,043cc inline-four cylinder DOHC liquid-cooled engine inherited from the Z1000 (and originally from a ZX-10R). It’s a long-stroke engine that’s torque heavy. Compared to the Ninja 1000, the Versys 1000 has always been heavier and down on peak power, but with more torque available in the mid-range.

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Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2015-2018) Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule from the Gen 2 Kawasaki Versys 1000 from 2015-2018. This is from the 2018 manual.

The items listed are quite different to the earlier generation Versys 1000. In general, this maintenance schedule was easier to read.

Further, the original schedule was broken into sections that made it hard to navigate. To the extent possible we’ve grouped things together and merged it into one universal schedule.

Notes:

  • Valve service interval is 24,000 km in the US manual, but 42,000km in the European manual.
  • For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.

Legend:

  • I = Inspect (and adjust/lubricate as necessary)
  • L = Lubricate
  • R = Replace/Renew
  • # = Service more frequently if ridden in severe conditions – dusty, wet, muddy, high-speed, etc.
km x 100016121824
mi x 10000.63.87.611.415.2Every, Action
Air cleaner element (*C)R
Idle speedIII
Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)IIIYear, I
Engine vacuum synchronizationII
Fuel systemIIIYear, I
Fuel hoses5 years, R
Evaporative emission control system (CA model only)IIIII
Coolant levelIII
Cooling systemIIIYear, I
Coolant, water hoses, and O-rings3 years/36K km (22.5K mi), R
Valve clearanceI42,000 km (26000 mi) in European manual
Air suction systemII
Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)III
Engine oil (*C)RRRYear, R
Engine oil filterRRRYear, R
Tire air pressureIIYear, I
Wheels and tiresIIYear, I
Wheel bearing damageIIYear, I
Drive chain lubrication condition (*C)600 km (400 mi), I
Drive chain slack (*C)1000 km (600 mi), I
Drive chain wear (*C)II
Drive chain guide wearII
Brake systemIIIYear, I
Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)IIIYear, I
Brake fluid levelIIIYear, I
Brake fluid (front and rear)R2 years, R
Brake hose4 years, R
Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper4 years/48K km (30K mi), R
Brake pad wear (*C)IIII
Brake light switch operationIIIII
Suspension systemIIYear, I
Steering playIIIYear, I
Steering stem bearingsL2 years, L
Electrical systemIIYear, I
Spark plugRR
Chassis partsLLYear, L
Condition of bolts, nuts, and fastenersIII
Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2015-2018) Maintenance Schedule

Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2015-2018) Tyre Sizes and Pressures

Below are the tyre sizes and pressures for the Versys 1000 (2015-2018) from the manual.

The original Versys 1000 (2015) shipped with Bridgestone Battlax tyres.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70ZR17 M/C 58W250 kPa/36 psi
Rear180/55ZR17 M/C (73W)290 kPa/42 psi
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Gen 2 Kawasaki Versys 1000

About the 2015-2018 Gen 2 Kawasaki Versys 1000

Black and Orange Gen 2 Kawasaki Versys 1000

In 2015, Kawasaki significantly updated the Versys 1000.

The earlier Versys 1K, while capable, had a front-end that wasn’t confidence inspiring. Riders described it as “flighty”.

Kawasaki fixed this by improving the front suspension. Kawasaki fitted 43mm KYB inverted fully-adjustable forks with 30 per cent less rebound and compression damping, 20mm longer forker outer tubes (for increased rigidity), and revised spring rates.

Along with the front suspension, Kawaski improved the braking, fitting 310mm front discs (up from 300mm).

Kawasaki considerably improved the aesthetics of the second gen Versys 1000, too. The newer model looks a lot closer to the 3rd gen, doing away with the angular design of the first gen for more aerodynamic bodywork.

Along with the aesthetics, the front windshield got 75mm of adjustability, up from 30mm. In its top position it has great wind protection, shielding not-to-tall riders completely (and riders over 6 feet or so can add a small laminar lip to get the total cocoon).

The engine is basically the same — a 1,043cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline-four. Power is up by 2 bhp, thanks to new cylinders, cylinder heads, injectors, and air filter, all also delivering an emissions-compliant motorcycle.

The 2nd gen Kawasaki Versys 1000 has the same three-stage traction control and two power modes as the original.

The dash is a carry-over from the gen 1, but it’s a highly functional large analogue tacho and informative LCD dash which does everything right.

Kawasaki versys 1000 gen 2 2016 dash and display gauges clocks

Apart from that, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 remains a highly competent adventure sport touring motorcycle. It’s not a dual sport, even if some reviews use that phrase, incongruously. But the power modes and traction control mean that you can handle hard dirt roads and fire roads in the mountains with aplomb.

The suspension travel is competent at 6 inches, but obviously you won’t do any rock-hopping on this. It’s the kind of suspension that’ll keep you comfortable if you hit large obstacles

Despite the 250kg wet weight, the Versys 1000 is quite easy to handle. You’ll be surprised how far you can lean it and have it react with grace!

Gen 2 Kawasaki Versys 1000 (2015-2018) Manual

The above maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Kawasaki Versys 1000 came straight from the manual for the 2018 model. It’s equivalent to the earlier years.

You can get the manual on Kawasaki’s website here.

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