FIRST RIDE: Kawasaki Versys-X 250 Malaysian review – RM24k


Hi everyone, this is Mohan from paultan.org and we are here today with the Versys-X 250 Now the 250 scene in
Malaysia is fairly crowded you’ve got naked bikes, you’ve got sports
bikes and now you have Kawasaki’s dual-purpose sports touring bike Now the quarter-litre class is very
popular in Malaysia simply because you only need a B2 license to ride it, and almost everyone has a B2 license anyway So in this case for the Versys-X 250,
Kawasaki is positioning it as a commuter bike as a bike you can take long and
short trips on. At RM23,789 the Versys-X 250 comes in right with the
Ninja 250 in Kawasaki’s range What is different is you get a 19-inch front
wheel and taller suspension which gives the bike an entirely different character
despite the fact that both bikes use the same engine The Versys-X 250 carries a
249 cc parallel-twin which puts out 34 PS and 21.7 Nm of torque.
Gearbox is a 6-speed affair and at the front you can see that the exhaust pipes
take a very weird bend – this is because the engine is tuned for torque more than
top-end horsepower The Versys-X 250 follows the design language of the other Versys bikes in the range – the 1,000 and the 650 Up front you’ve got a single
halogen headlight, nothing fancy here with LEDs or DRLs.
You’ve got a non-adjustable windshield which does provide a fair amount of wind
protection when you’re riding There’s only one colour option for the Versys-X 250 –
the green that you see here and it does look a lot larger than it is for a 250.
The plastic fairing molds into the 17-litre fuel tank and we found that the
fuel tank does give us a fair amount of range – almost close to 400 km.
The Versys-X 250 comes with something most 250s don’t have – a centre stand.
At the back you’ve got a bracket and a rack which makes the Versys-X ready to accept a top box.
The brakes on the Versys-X do not have ABS which we feel is a bit of a shortcoming
at this price point Nissin calipers do the job up front,
grabbing 295 mm petal disc The front suspension is non adjustable,
conventional telescopic forks while the rear monoshock is adjustable for preload.
The seat on the Versys-X is fairly comfortable and there’s a reasonable
amount of fore and aft space There’s adequate support for the riders behind and seat height is 815 millimeters The cockpit of the Versys-X is conventional you’ve got an analogue tachometer and a
digital speedometer, together with an LCD readout giving you the odometer, fuel
gauge, clock, etc. The handlebar pods on the X 250 are conventional, however
there’s the inclusion of a hazard light switch One thing we did like about the X
250 were the mirrors – they give a very good view of the back and eliminate a
lot of the blind spots Inside the instrument panel you will find two
blanks: on the left for the 12-volt power socket and on the right for the riding lights – neither of which are fitted for the Malaysian market So that’s the
numbers, that’s the technical details that’s the fit out for the Versys-X 250.
But what is this bike like to ride? Set up as a commuter machine, as an
all-around machine, we expect a lot from it Setting off on the Versys-X 250 is
easy as. The clutch effort is very very light and the six-speed gearbox is
smooth – there are no false neutrals to be found in this box and every gear clicks
in with confidence. The Versys-X 250 needs to be revved to get the best out
of it – the red line is at 12,000 rpm and things only start happening in the
engine room above 7,000 rpm. The fuel injection on the Versys-X 250 is smooth
and power delivery is linear. It’s very controllable and it’s good if you’re new
to bikes. The handling on the X 250 took us by surprise –
high speed work, low speed work, there were no complaints from us about the way
the bike handled. Dropping it into corners at highway speeds, the bike felt
fairly stable and there was no weave or wobble to be felt. When we built the
speed up a bit we found the X 250 to be stable in a straight line and fairly
comfortable actually. For a dual-purpose sports tourer the X 250 puts the rider
in a commanding position which is very comfortable over medium distances.
Vibration on the X 250 was quite good there was a certain amount of buzz in
the handlebars and the pegs but it was something we could live with. Braking
effort from the single front disc was adequate – we did wish for a little bit
more stopping power but at this price point you can’t really ask for much And that’s our review of the 2017
Kawasaki Versys-X 250. So who needs a quarter-liter dual-purpose sports tourer?
If you’re new to the sport or coming back after a long layoff, or if you are
just looking for something to run about town on, the X 250 makes a very good
choice – it’s got fairly good handling it’s got good comfort and reasonable
braking. However, it’s a shame it doesn’t come with ABS, otherwise it would score a
lot higher on our list I’m Mohan, thank you for watching, please read the full review on paultan.org