Kawasaki Versys 250 Render
KTM and Royal Enfield are working on their respective entry-level adventure motorcycles and it seems like Kawasaki is in no mood to stay behind. If recent rumours are to be believed, the Japanese two-wheeler maker might be working on a Versys 650 based entry-level adventure motorcycle with cubic capacity of 250cc. Moreover, it is suspected that the quarter-litre engine on the Versys 250 will be the same two-cylinder unit that performs the power generation tasks on the Ninja 250R and the Z250. So one can expect the power output figures to hover around the 32-33PS mark.
We also came across an image on an Indonesian website with a quote saying “Bocoran Main Dealer… Versys 250“, indicating some association with a dealer. But on closer inspection the image appears to be a Photoshopped rendition of the 650, with changes made to make it look like a 250.
The middleweight Kawasaki Verys 650 in action
As suggested by the Indonesian website, the Versys 250 will be based on the Kawasaki Ninja 250R FI Twin and will share its Diamond frame with the Z250. The website also indicates that the Versys 250 may come equipped with a upside down suspension at the front but we believe that Kawasaki may want to keep the prices competitive by introducing the run-of-the-mill telescopic suspension. Braking duties, if the rendered image is something to go by, would be performed by ventilated petal discs from Nissin. The motorcycle, similar to its larger displacement siblings, is likely to receive an underbelly suspension for a lower centre of gravity.
There is no official confirmation about the quarter-litre Versys but with the lower cubic capacity, affordable adventure motorcycles being the flavour of the day, we believe it would not be such a bad idea for Kawasaki to consider one. Wouldn’t you like to see a Kawasaki Versys 250 heading our way soon? Do share your views with us through the comments section below and our social networks.