Rumours are starting to flow around the possible launch of a baby Suzuki V-Strom as well as a baby Kawasaki Versys.
The entry level adventure bike niche seems to have more and more fans. KTM started this with their 390 Adventure that is rumoured to start testing in India this year. Now Young Machine, a Japanese motorcycle magazine, has some sort of information that Suzuki plans to build a 250 cc V-Strom while Kawasaki is developing a Versys 250.
Both bikes will likely use parallel twin 250cc engines. Perhaps Suzuki will change the name from V-Strom to G-Strom because the new bike will use a parallel twin engine rather than a V-twin. Probably, the new bike is based on the Inazuma 250.
In India rumours flow around Kawasaki and its Versys 250 model. The Green machine might build a entry level adventure bike using the engine and frame of the Z250/Ninja 250.
At this point, there are no spy pictures or any other evidence, but we’ve seen the superbike segment reduce its displacement as well as the naked bike market. So, an entry level adventure motorcycle does not sound crazy. In fact, that is what bikers want. A light, cheap, fun adventure motorcycle to thrash in the mud.