2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 – Part 3, Adventure-tourer ‘Build’

2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 ‘build’

2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 - 'naked' and an excellent 'blank canvas' for building the adventure-touring motorcycle to suit your specific needs

2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 – ‘naked’ and an excellent ‘blank canvas’ for building the adventure-touring motorcycle to suit your specific needs

What does it cost to turn a 2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 into a bona fide, fully-equipped, all-weather adventure-tourer?  We wanted to know.

One of the advantages of buying a ‘stripped down’ motorcycle like a Versys 1000 is you can buy the bike at a lower initial price, then add accessories when you want.

I was curious what the pricing of a 2013 Versys 1000 would cost if configured into an all-weather adventure-TOURER.  That means equipping the bike for maximum protection for riding in foul (cold, wet) weather, having a full complement of hard luggage and topcase for two-up riding, as well as all the gear to make it a bona fide giant trailie.  A full-on adventure bike requires engine guards, auxiliary lights, aux power socket, etc.

Echo Cycle’s Joseph Geldof helped me price out genuine Kawasaki parts for the Versys 1000, as follows.

Heated grips




Pannier colour matching kit


Pannier mounting kit


Top case


Top case mounting kit


Engine bars


DC power socket


Accessories total


2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000(Kawasaki Canada promo price)


Grand total



$14,720 is very competitive pricing (aided by the end-of-season promotional pricing of 2013 models now that 2014 models and pricing have arrived.  2013 Verysys 1000 MSRP was $13,999.)

Kawasaki Canada DOES NOT offer the following accessories for the Versys 1000:  a ‘touring’ (taller) windscreen, hand guards, and auxiliary lights.  Kawasaki Europe shows hand guards as an available option here.  Aftermarket windscreens (such as MRA) and auxiliary lights (such as Clearwater) are popular choices.


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