Kawasakiõs Versys family gets another member for 2017 Ð and itõs at the smaller end of the capacity range. In this case that means taking the 296cc parallel-twin from the Ninja / Z300, and wrapping it in an all-new chassis and bodywork.
The peppy twin should be a perfect match for this lightweight adventure-commuter, and whether negotiating back lanes or potholed high streets, the long-travel suspension should contribute to a comfortable ride. Up front thereõs a 19in rim wearing a 100/90 IRC Ôtrail Winnerõ, which is backed up at the rear with a 130/80 17.
While Kawasaki say the Versys-x will appeal to Òa vast cross-section of new ridersó, itõs safe to assume that itõll appeal to a wide array of more experienced ones, too.
Both townies and thrashers will appreciate the Assist & Slipper clutch Ð which means a light lever in town, and less locking-up on aggressive down-shifts. ABS is standard, and the calipers are decent Nissin items.
The seat looks plush, and appears to deliver a very Ôsit-inõ riding position, with wide handlebars and a stubby but high windsceeen.
The dash offers a high level of spec, with a large analogue tacho supported by two LCD screens showing a digital gear indicator, dual trip meters, remaining fuel range, plus current and average consumption and an ecoriding indicator. Keep the eco symbol lit at all times, and Kawasaki say the tank will deliver over 240 miles.
Suspension duties are taken care of by a long-travel 41mm telescopic fork up front, and a Uni-trak gas charged monoshock at the rear Ð all of which the firm claim is up to the job of shrugging off unpaved roads.
Dealers will be offering two accessory editions as well as the standard Versys-x. The Ôversys-x 300 Urbanõ has a tank pad, hand guards, centrestand and a 30 litre topbox, while the Ôversys-x 300 Adventureõ will get a tank pad, tubular engine guard, centrestand and a pair of 17 litre panniers.
The small capacity market is hotting up with this new Versys-x joining the fray