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No indication any of that is in the works for the immediate future via spy shots or recent articles I have seen. The retro Z900RS models, a supercharged 'sport-touring' bike, and bringing the Ninja 400 to the USA are basically confirmed to be unveiled in November. Beyond that its a mystery.
A Versys 900 would make sense to compete with Yamaha FJ-09. If they did a V900 I agree the V1000 would need to be dropped or become a 1200. Weight reduction would be nice but its not the kind of thing we would find out about before a bike comes out.
I have been hoping the introduction of the Versys X-300 means they are going to do a more off-road worthy Versys X-650, but thats probably as likely as the KLR getting fuel injection and USD forks. I dont think the Versys family moves enough units to justify loads of model expansion sadly.
At the same time, many motorcycle journo articles claim Kawasaki has over 10 new models to release for 2018 so they could have some surprises in store for us. The KLX 250 was just reintroduced with EFI added and I dont think anyone saw that coming.