The Kawasaki Versys-X 250 made its debut last year, bringing a dual-sport flavour into the popular 250 cc segment with its 249 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. Thus equipped, the junior Versys produced 33.5 hp at 11,500 rpm and 21.7 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, adding a viable entry-level step on the dual-sport ladder.

At RM23,789 including GST though without road tax, registration and insurance, the Versys-X 250 is somewhat unique in the capacity segment which is otherwise populated by naked and full-fairing sports bikes. As shown here, its taller, upright stance offers a new choice for riders shopping in the 250 cc class who may otherwise find a sport bike too stretched out, or a naked bike a little short in the saddle.

Its 810 mm seat height is slightly more accessible relative to other, larger dual-purpose bikes, while being shod with wire-spoke wheels measuring 19 inches in front and 17 inches at the rear; the front fork is non-adjustable though the rear monoshock is preload-adjustable. Transmission is via a six-speed gearbox, while the standard-fit centre-stand allows for more stable parking and easier chain maintenance.

Stopping duty is handled by single Nissin disc brakes front and rear, with a four-pot caliper for the front. As tested, this Versys-X 250 did not come with ABS, which we found to be a notable omission on a machine likely to be pressed into daily riding duties. How does it perform on the move? Watch our video above to find out.

A fixed-height windshield offers decent wind protection for motorway-speed jaunts, too, while mounting brackets as standard are ready to accommodate a top box. Bodywork makes the Versys-X 250 look larger than it is, with plastic shrouding around the 17-litre petrol tank, which incidentally offered a usable range of almost 400 km between fills in its time with us. As for colours, you can have any shade as long as it directly reflects Team Green.

GALLERY: Kawasaki Versys-X 250