Without much fanfare, Kawasaki has released the 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250, a small displacement. dual-purpose style sports-tourer. Two versions are available – the stripped-down Versys-X 250, and the fully-loaded Versys-X 250 Tourer, which comes with panniers.
The Versys-X uses a 249 cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin DOHC engine, but Kawasaki hasn’t revealed output numbers for the bike. However, based on the Kawasaki Ninja 250R, it’s safe to assume that the engine on the Versys-X won’t veer far from the 250R’s 29.9 hp at 10,500 rpm and 21.7 Nm torque at 10,000 rpm.
Single brake discs are mounted front and rear, with a Nissin four-pot caliper in front. The Versys-X 250 comes in both ABS and non-ABS versions, while the Versys-X 250 Tourer features ABS as standard.
Standard telescopic forks hold up the front end, with what looks to be at least 170 mm of suspension travel, while a single shock absorber suspends the rear end. Spoked wheels are fitted front and back, the front using a 19-incher while the rear has a 17-inch wheel installed.
The Versys-X 250 Tourer also comes with a brush guard and twin auxiliary driving lights. Both versions have a twin-throttle valve intake, and a slipper clutch as standard fitment.
As for colour options, the Versys-X 250 comes dressed in Candy Lime Green/Metallic Graphite Gray and Metallic Graphite Gray/Flat Ebony. The full-dress Versys-X 250 Tourer, meanwhile, is available in Candy Lime Green/Metallic Graphite Gray or Candy Burnt Orange/Metallic Graphite Gray. - paultan