As new direction for Kawasaki in the quarter-litre class, the 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250 is a dual-purpose styled light tourer designed for commutes and middle-distance rides. Motorcycle performance specialist Yoshimura has issued an R-77 type exhaust can for the Versys-X, which in Europe and the US, comes in a 300 cc version.

Changing over to the Yoshimura slip-on exhaust drops weight by 1.8 kg over the stock item, and being an approved Kawasaki accessory, makes it street legal in most countries. The can comes in Yoshimura’s “Works” finish, which is basically a brushed satin steel.

Yoshimura has not said anything about any expected horsepower or torque gains, but it can be assumed a rise of three or four ponies will not be out of the question. A carbon-fibre end cap is fitted on the slip-on can, and a stainless-steel exhaust guard is included.

Also designed to lose a little weight and tidy up the back end of the Versys-X is a fender eliminator kit – some of you may know it as a tail tidy – that replaces the stock unit with a carbon-fibre piece that brings the license plate and turn signals up high and tight.

The Yoshimura Versys-X exhaust is priced at 459 USD (RM1,980) while the fender eliminator kit goes for 139 USD (RM599), ex-works. The 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250 is priced in Malaysia at RM23,789 inclusive of GST, but excluding registration, insurance and road tax.