adventure bike

  • Harley-Davidson has confirmed that it will be producing an adventure bike to take on BMW, Ducati, Triumph and even Yamaha and KTM. 
  • The bike is powered by a 1250cc engine from the Harley-Davidson Custom. 
  • It will feature typical adventure bike features such as an aluminium belly pan, a chain drive and a neutral sitting position.

Wow, just wow. Wow again. Could anyone have ever imagined that Harley-Davidson would be producing something as radical and out of this world as this? Meet the Pan America, a dual-purpose bike by Harley-Davidson that has been confirmed for production.

Harley-Davidson’s have always stayed true to their design and heritage, and even when they built wild performance bikes, they still looked like a proper Harley. So it is good to see such an iconic brand breaking out of its self created mould and venturing past its comfort zone.

It is obviously an adventure-touring motorcycle, the likes of a BMW GSA or a Ducati Multistrada, this Harley-Davidson Pan America will probably be positioned upmarket to retain its exclusivity, but yet at the same time, be hardcore enough to take Harley owners to places they could never before venture into. Hello mud and sand and rocks and everything else that a Road Glide doesn’t like.

The Pan America is powered by the same 60-degree 1,250cc engine that is powering the also freshly introduced Harley-Davidson Custom. The engine may probably be tuned different to offer more pulling power typical of a dual-purpose motorcycle.

There are some other typical DP features here too, such as the trellis rear subframe, an aluminium skid plate, Brembo high-performance brakes, and a chain drive.

According to online reports but unconfirmed by Harley-Davidson, the frame uses a cast middle section that connects the swingarm and subframe with a large backbone. This then connects to the inverted fork. There is no information yet about the overall suspension package, but you can expect it to be comfortable.

Up front, the design of the bike is seriously unique. Love it or hate it, the blunt nose and long, horizontal headlight is typical Harley-Davidson, and the three-piece windshield is also adjustable.

Harley-Davidson has been making bikes that are able to comfortably crunch miles, so it is probably not too much to assume that the Pan America will probably be a very capable mile cruncher, considering the very wide and very flat seat.

As you can see from the promotional video below, the Pan America seems to be a very capable bike. And considering the fact that Harley-Davidson has massive resources and a very capable R&D department, the Pan America might just be seriously good at what it does from the get go. But whether or not it will be a true to form dual-purpose bike like the Yamaha Super Tenere or even the Triumph Tiger XCX remains to be seen.



Artikel oleh: Wahid Ooi Abdullah

  • Motosikal Kawasaki Versys-X 250 menawarkan keseronokan permotosikalan kembara pada harga yang hebat.
  • Ia juga direka dengan ciri-ciri penunggangan kembara.
  • Ianya sudah pasti menarik minat bukan sahaja penunggang-penunggang baru, malahan para penunggang yang berkemahiran.


  • The Kawasaki Versys-X 250 offers the fun of adventure-motorcycling at a great price

  • It is also designed with features for adventure riding

  • It should appeal not only to beginners but also to seasoned riders

Courtesy of advpulse

The Kawasaki Versys-X 250 has come a long way from when adventure, adventure-touring, dual-purpose bikes that were big, tall, powerful beasts; runaways from the dunes of the Paris-Dakar Rally. Anyone remember those mighty 750cc and 900cc V-Twin DP (dual-purpose) bikes in the 90’s? Well, those were the granddaddies of adventure motorcycles.

The motorcycle class in the Paris-Dakar Rally (now Dakar Rally) had started out with competitors on smaller, single-cylinder bikes but as an arms war pushed the factories and riders to gain the upper hand against each other, the bikes became bigger and heavier, and of course more powerful. The single-cylinder, enduro-based bikes that were sold to the public and modified to race, gave way to purpose-built machines that were then sold afterwards as replicas.

However, with the increase in speed came increased number crashes and fatalities in the world’s toughest rally. That had the organisers knocking back the multi-cylinder format to single-cylinder bikes to cap the speeds, first from 690cc and to 450cc since 2011.

On the road, ironicaly, it went the other way in terms of engine capacities. Most true adventure and adventure-touring motorcycles in the market are being dominated by middleweight (750cc to 80cc) to open-class (1000cc and above) models.

The open-classers are not cheap for most motorcycle enthusiasts, unfortunately, ranging from around RM80,000. The middleweights on the other hand, are usually priced from RM50,000. Engine power range between 70bhp to 160bhp.

So, how about the Kawasaki Versys-X 250? (You may also click here for our First Impression and click here for our full on-road review.)

1. Smooth Power
Riding in the rough is not all about outright speed. Average offroad speeds are typically 30km/h, the fastest top speed being approximately 60km/h. Anything above that is for the pros, or if you’ve signed your last will and testament.

Let’s face it, most of us aren’t full-time or even part-time motocross or enduro riders.

The Versys-X 250 produces 33.5bhp and 21.7 Nm of torque, with a wet weight of 173kg, for a 5.2kg/bhp ratio. Comparing it to the Kawasaki KLX250 enduro, the KLX250 produces 23bhp and 21Nm of torque, but weighs only 136kg wet, for a 5.6kg/bhp ratio. They are actually very close to each other.

Why the lower horsepower on the KLX? Because too much speed in the rough isn’t necessarily a means to an end. Just like the big Dakar bikes of yesteryears.

For the Kawasaki Versys-X 250, beginners would appreciate it, pros would find it interesting.

Not only that, the throttle response is smooth and benign at the initial opening.

2. Controllability

Riding offroad is all about the ability to handle a bike that’s on the edge of tyre adhesion, besides being able to point it where you want it to go.

Courtesy of advpulse

Sure, the bigger bikes have more electronics but they are still heavier, taller and may have too much power for the rough for most riders to handle.

Smooth and predictable power delivery and throttle response is super important.

Controllability stems from acceptable power, smooth power delivery, lightness, narrowness of the bike, long-travel suspension and especially for beginners, an acceptable seat height.

3. Lightweight

The motorcycle will jump, drop, slide, squirm under you as your ride offroad. Soon, your arms, leg, back, and core muscles will start to feel “The Burn.”

Courtesy of Ksatria Pinandhita

Now imagine if you’re riding a 200+kg bike while all that’s happening.

Not fun.

Your body and mind might give up soon enough, followed by a spill. Talk about putting a damper in your enthusiasm for the ride.

Let’s cite an example: This writer has ridden in ankle-deep sands in South Africa. While most participants chose the 1200cc adventure-tourers, this writer opted for a much smaller and lighter 660cc enduro. Soon, every single 1200cc rider crashed in that section except for one, but this writer got through without a single scratch. And that sand was nothing compared to the sand dunes of the Tenerife desert!

Having ridden the Versys-X 250 offroad afterwards, it’s the perfect bike for the job.

4. Slender Body

Having a narrow midsection where the seat joins the tank is an important design factor. As covered in our offroading tips article last week (click here to read), you need to stand up.

As you stand, your legs ought to be parallel to the bike’s vertical profile, instead of being splayed outwards like on a cruiser. That way, you could help to steer the bike by pushing down with your legs, or clamping onto the midsection to stabilize the bike on the faster straight sections.

The Versys-X 250 does have a narrow midsection, but there’s also a bonus.

Notice how the fuel tank slopes precipitously downwards toward to seat? That’s for the rider, especially us of Asian heights, to push our upper weight forward onto the front wheel. The sloping tank means there’s much less likelihood of it upper cutting the rider in the groin, should the bike hit a bump.

5. Long-Travel Suspension

As with adventure motorcycle convention, the Versys-X 250 has 130mm front and 150mm rear suspension travel. The front wheel is 19-inches in diameter. That combination equals a relatively spacious ground clearance of 180mm.

A long-travel suspension means there’s more “space” for the suspension to absorb hits from the ground, especially on rough “no roads” to deliver a smoother, less jarring ride for the rider.

6. Low seat-height

Although adventure bikes are generally tall, the Versys-X 250 features a low-seat height of only 815mm to accommodate beginners and us of shorter stature.

Being able to touch a foot down in while riding offroad is reassuring especially for beginners, but it’s also something which has to be done while cornering. The quicker the foot touches down means the less the bike has to lean into a corner, consequently the less chance of the tyres sliding out from underneath.

Back on the road, the lower seat height also contributes to security when the bike is at standstill or crawling through traffic.

7. Practicality

Bikes of this nature are practical and the Kawasaki Versys-X 250 is no different. But since it’s a smaller capacity bike, it has a slender profile with tall a handlebar. Coupled to its lack of weight and you have a great urban bike. Being slim with the tall handlebar means you could filter through traffic without much worry, while being lightweight means its agile.

Plus, since the bike is comparatively tall, it gives you a better field of vision ahead of the traffic all around you.

8. Touring Capability

Because the Kawasaki Versys-X 250 is an adventure bike, it has much room for luggage. Throw on a pair of GIVI panniers and a top case and voila! You’ve got yourself an adventure-tourer (just like the Versys-X 250 we reviewed here).

The liquid-cooled, four-valve per cylinder, DOHC, 249cc, parallel-Twin engine is also fuel efficient. Throughout our testing, we’ve extracted between 260 to 300km from the 17-liter fuel tank.

Top speed is a little above 150km/h and that’s fast enough for most applications.


In closing, the Kawasaki Versys-X 250 is the recommended for those who want to embark on the wonderful journey into adventure-riding. However, because it is practical, lightweight and agile, it should also appeal to seasoned road riders who want to try out the rough stuff. But remember that it’s also a very capable roadbike.

The enjoyment of adventure-riding shouldn’t need to be done on expensive machinery only, evidenced by the Versys-X’s wallet-friendly price tag of only RM23,789 (with GST). Truly the only kind in the Malaysian market.


Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valves, parallel-Twin
Displacement 249cc
Bore x Stroke 62.0 mm x 41.2 mm
Compression ratio 11.3 : 1
Fuel system Electronic fuel injection, 28mm with dual throttle valves
Maximum power 33.1 bhp (24.7 kW) @ 11,500 RPM
Maximum torque 21.7 Nm @ 10,000 RPM
Front suspension 41mm telescopic forks
Rear suspension Bottom-link Uni-Trak gas-charged shock, adjustable for preload
Front brakes 1 x 290 mm petal disc, 1 x balanced actuation dual-piston caliper
Rear brake 1 x 220 mm petal disc, 1 x dual-piston caliper
Frame High-tensile steel backbone
Rake 24.3 degrees
Ground clearance 180 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Curb weight 173 kg


  • Pengeluar motosikal China, Loncin, telah memperkenalkan motosikal kembara kelas pertengahan mereka yang digelar Loncin DS8 2018.
  • Melihat pada pakej keseluruhannya, motosikal DS8 ini mempunyai banyak persamaan apabila dibandingkan dengan motosikal BMW G 650 GS yang telah dihentikan pengeluarannya.
  • Dijana oleh enjin dwi silinder 651cc yang sama, motosikal DS8 ini dikatakan akan menghasilkan 50hp dan 50Nm tork.


Chinese bike manufacturer Loncin has introduced their new middleweight adventure bike dubbed the 2018 Loncin DS8.

Judging by the overall package, the DS8 carries a lot of similarities when. compared to the discontinued BMW G 650 GS.

Powered by the same 651cc, twin cylinder engine, the DS8 is said to produce 50hp and 50Nm of torque.

During the 2017 China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition (CIMA Motor Show), Chinese bike manufacturer showcased yet another very familiar bike which goes by the name of the 2018 Loncin DS8. We are of course referring to how to bike looks eerily similar to the previous BMW G 650 GS adventure bike. (more…)
















  • Motosikal Kawasaki Versys-X 250 2017 yang telah diperkenalkan pada awal tahun ini telah dikenali sebagai salah sebuah motosikal kembara yang paling mampu dimiliki berada di pasaran sekarang.
  • Pilihan yang amat unik ini telah mengisi keperluan yang sentiasa meningkat bagi segmen motosikal kembara berkapasiti kecil yang sedang mendapat permintaan yang besar.
  • Dinilai pada harga yang amat berpatutan iaitu RM23,789 (harga asas beserta GST), jentera dwi-sukan pelbagai fungsi ini memberikan keriangan yang hebat di atas jalan raya berturap mahu pun bertanah merah tidak mengira keadaan penunggangan.


The 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250 which was introduced earlier this year has been dubbed one of the most affordable adventure bikes in the current market.

This very unique option has filled the ever growing demand for the small capacity adventure bike segment which has been receiving a huge number of demands.

Priced at a very reasonable RM23,789 (basic price with GST), the multi-purpose dual sport machine allows for great fun both on and off the paved roads no matter the riding conditions.

Everyone wants a bit of an adventure in their lives. Whether it’s heading to the office during weekdays or going on weekend rides to experience some freedom from the harsh realities of the everyday life, we tend to look for that extra special bit just to make things a bit more exciting. (more…)


  • Motosikal Kawasaki Versys-X 250 2017 telah mendapat beberapa kelengkapan yang dinaiktaraf yang menggiurkan dari pengeluar produk selepas jualan yang dikenali ramai, Yoshimura.
  • Mereka telah muncul dengan ekzos Yoshimura R-77 yang serba baru yang 1.8kg lebih ringan dan ianya juga membantu meningkatkan lagi kuasa dan tork keseluruhan motosikal itu.
  • Yoshimura juga telah mengeluarkan sebuah Fender Eliminator Kit yang baru untuk Kawasaki Versys-X 250/300 bagi memberikannya tarikan perlumbaan yang tetap rapi.


The 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250 gets some beautiful upgrades from highly-renowned aftermarket product manufacturer, Yoshimura.

They’ve come up with a brand new Yoshimura R-77 exhaust system that is 1.8kg lighter and also will help increase the bike’s overall torque and power.

Yoshimura also came up with a new Fender Eliminator Kit just for the 2017 Versys-X 250/300 to give it a sleeker yet racing appeal.

It was only a few months ago when Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (KMSB) brought us their highly anticipated 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250. For the Malaysian market, this little adventure bike has filled in a gap that has been missing which has the potential to grow big and fast. (more…)


  • Kawasaki Ninja Shop pertama di utara Malaysia telah dilancarkan awal hari ini oleh Bikers Gallery Sdn Bhd.
  • Terletak di Alor Setar, Kedah,Kawasaki Ninja Shop ini juga adalah salah satu yang terbesar di Malaysia merangkumi ruang 33,000 kaki persegi untuk kawasan pameran motosikal dan Pusat Perkhidmatan Eksklusif Kawasaki (KESC).
  • Kawasaki Ninja Shop merupakan satu kedai konsep yang dikhaskan untuk jenama Kawasaki yang meliputi motosikal, kelengkapan menunggang, barangan serta banyak lagi bagi memberikan yang terbaik buat semua jenis penunggang seluruh negara.


The first ever Kawasaki Ninja Shop in Northern Malaysia was launched earlier today by Bikers Gallery Sdn Bhd.

Located in Alor Setar, Kedah, the Kawasaki Ninja Shop is also one of the largest in Malaysia covering over 33,000 square feet of space for the bike display area and Kawasaki Exclusive Service Center (KESC).

The Kawasaki Ninja Shop is a concept store dedicated to the Kawasaki brand which covers motorcycles, riding gears, merchandise and many more to suit all types of riders in the country.

Bikers Gallery Sdn. Bhd. located at Jalan Raja, Alor Setar, Kedah has become successfully launched the first ever Kawasaki Ninja Shop in Northern Malaysia. The Ninja Shop was officiated by Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Diraja Ahmad Bashah Md. Hanipah together with En. Ahmad Faez Tan Sri Yahaya (Executive Chairman of Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.), Mr. Hee Sze May (Director & Owner of Bikers Gallery Sdn. Bhd.), Mr. Wee Hong (Chairman of Malaysia Motorcycle and Scooters Dealers Association) and Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Jeffrey Lim (General Manager & Director of Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.). (more…)


  • Pengenalan ini dibuat pada majlis pelancaran RFS150i, model moped pertama Benelli di Malaysia
  • Sebuah motosikal kembara 500cc dan juga sebuah motosikal lumba 300cc



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