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When you talk about taking an overland trip on a motorcycle, crossing borders and continents, most would choose an adventure bike with a 800 cc plus engine, but Indonesian Stephen Langitan is planning a journey from Jakarta to London using a 2018 Kawasaki Versys X-250. Making only a few modifications, his quarter-litre adventure bike is essentially stock.

Having already covered 2,000 km on the leg from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur, Langitan’s journey began on March 15, and will eventually cover some 30,000 km, ending in the UK on August 17. With the tagline “Brotherhood Across Borders”, Langitan will visit 30 countries where he will proudly fly the Indonesian flag.

Langitan’s X-250 is an off-the-shelf model, with the only modifications being the addition of crash bars, riding lights, tubeless tyres and luggage. In addition, Langitan uses a tank bag and duffel bag strapped to the pillion, which contain personal items and essentials which can be easily removed at the end of the day’s ride.

Pace for the entire journey is somewhat leisurely, with Langitan planning to cover 400 km a day, beginning at 8 a.m. and stopping at about 6 p.m. He says the slow pace is deliberate, as he intends to savour the sights and the experience of riding across different countries.

The 2018 Kawasaki Versys X-250 is powered by a 249 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin that produces 33.5 hp at 10,500 rpm and 21.7 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. The Versys X-250 is priced at RM23,789, including GST but excluding road tax, registration and road tax.