Kawasaki 250cc Versys Launched — Maybe This Is One Adventure Bike India Needs

The Kawasaki Versys 250 has been launched in Indonesia and the Indian launch is expected to take place in mid-2017.

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Kawasaki recently unveiled the entry-level adveture tourer at EICMA 2016. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has already managed to launch the Versys 250 adventure motorcycle in Indonesia.

The Versys 250 is available in two forms — Versys 250 Adventure, which is priced at IDR 61.9 million (approximately Rs 3.12 lakh) and Versys 250 Tourer, priced at IDR 72.7 million (approximately Rs 3.66 lakh).

Powering the Kawasaki Versys 250 is the same 249cc, liquid-cooled twin-cylinder unit that does its duty on the Ninja 250R and the Kawasaki Z250. The engine produces 33.5bhp and 21.7Nm of peak torque.

The engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the Versys 250 borrows styling cues from its older sibling, the Kawasaki Versys 650, which is sold in India as well.

Both motorcycles feature telescopic front forks with long travel (compared to the Ninja 250 and Z250), monoshock at the rear, disc brakes at both ends, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tyres, and a slip assist clutch.

The Tourer version of the Versys 250 gets standard ABS, while also featuring metal panniers, twin auxiliary lights for better visibility, and bush guards (lever guards). On the Adventure, ABS is an optional feature.

Colour options for the Kawasaki Versys 250 include Candy Lime Green/Metallic Graphite Gray, Metallic Graphite Gray/Flat Ebony, and Candy Burnt Orange/Metallic Graphite Gray.

The Versys 250 is the entry-level adventure motorcycle from Kawasaki and is expected to launch in India during mid-2017. When launched, the Versys will enter a soon-to-be competitive segment since KTM and BMW will be launching adventure motorcycles as well.

Currently, the adventure motorcycle segment in India consists of one model — the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Times could change fast.

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Story first published: Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12:48 [IST]
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