2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Vs Kawasaki Versys 1000 Family Feud

Both Kawasaki’s are touring motorcycles. So how are they different from one another?

 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX Vs Kawasaki Versys 1000

Kawasaki India offers two-litre class tourers in India: the Ninja 1000 and Versys 1000. Both motorcycles are now BS6 compliant and share the same in-line four engine as well. However, both cater to different categories of touring. Here’s how the Ninja 1000SX BS6 is different from the Versys 1000 BS6


Styling and Dimensions: 

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX caters to the Sports Tourer segment while the Versys 1000 belongs to the adventure tourer category. The Versys though, is not meant for off-roading since its suspension and tyres are primarily meant for road use. Both motorcycles get a fairing with twin LED headlamps inspired by the newer Ninja’s. Both get adjustable windscreens too. But while the Ninja 1000 has a raked out unit that gives it a sporty stance, the Versys 1000 gets an upright unit that goes well with its upright riding position. While both are large motorcycles, the Versys 1000 looks more intimidating owing to its height. 

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Ninja 1000SX

Versys 1000

Length x width x height

2100 x 825 x 1190mm

2270 x 895 x 1400mm

Ground clearance



Seat height



Fuel tank capacity



Kerb weight




The Versys 1000 should be more capable over the rough stuff owing to its taller ground clearance. It’s also capable of offering better range thanks to a larger fuel tank. The Ninja 1000SX has a shorter seat height and weighs less, so it should be easier to manage. That said, both bikes are quite hefty when compared to their respective competitors.


Riding Experience:

The Ninja 1000SX feels more like a sportsbike that’s built for touring. It gets clip-on bars and rearset footpegs, both of which are positioned for a sporty yet comfortable riding position. As part of the BS6 update, the Ninja 1000 SX gets a comfier pillion seat. The Versys 1000 gets an upright riding position. Its high set handlebars allow you to stand up and ride comfortably. 


Ninja 1000SX

Versys 1000


1043cc in-line 4-cylinder

1043cc in-line 4-cylinder


142PS at 10,000rpm

120PS at 9000rpm


111Nm at 8000rpm 

102Nm at 7500rpm

 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX Vs Kawasaki Versys 1000

Both the Ninja 1000SX and Versys 1000 get the same in-line 4-cylinder motor. The Versys 1000 makes less power and torque owing to a lower compression ratio. However, its performance is more accessible compared to the Ninja 1000SX. 


Ninja 1000SX

Versys 1000


Twin-tube, Aluminium

Twin-tube, Aluminium

Front suspension

Fully adjustable 41mm upside-down forks with 120mm travel

Preload and rebound damping adjustable 43mm upside-down forks with 150mm travel

Rear Suspension

Gas-charged monoshock with preload and rebound damping adjustment and 144mm travel

Gas-charged monoshock with preload and rebound damping adjustment and 152mm travel


F: dual 300mm discs with radially-mounted 4-piston calipers. 

R: 250mm disc with single-piston caliper. 

F: dual 310mm petal discs with radially-mounted 4-piston monobloc calipers. 

R: 250mm petal disc with single-piston caliper. 

Wheel setup (F/R)

120/70, ZR17 (Fr) / 190/50, ZR17 (Rr)

120/70, ZR17 (Fr) / 180/55, ZR17 (Rr)


Given its better performance, the Ninja 1000SX gets a fully adjustable front suspension. The Versys 1000 gets semi-adjustable but thicker front forks with long travel suspension to soak up rough roads better. Surprisingly, the Versys 1000 gets better brake components than the Ninja 1000SX. It appears that the heavier ADV gets more sophisticated brakes to slow it down better. The Versys 1000 also gets a narrower but larger profile tyre for better cushioning over the rough stuff. 


Which one should you go for?

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX Vs Kawasaki Versys 1000

If you want a sportsbike that is comfortable enough to travel long distances on well-preserved highway roads, you will have immense fun on the Ninja 1000SX. If you want a more comfortable touring experience and want a bike that can be ridden over dirt roads as well, the Versys 1000 is the more versatile of the two. 

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