It’s the age-old tale of the small fry trying to make a name for itself in a world full of huge, muscle-bound menaces. If you were to write a story about the Kawasaki Bayou 250, that would be how you’d spin it.
But then again, the Bayou’s size belies something that’s far more important than just dimensions. This ATV is one formidable workhorse, one that’s not only simple to use and easy to love, but also has a powerful engine that will impress you more than you think.
Compact, nimble, and excellent for just about any surface it rides on, the Kawasaki Bayou 250 is the epitome of a versatile ATV. The design of the bike is simple, yet highly efficient, with front and rear steel racks carrying a combined payload capacity of 110 pounds.
At the heart of the Bayou 250 is a 228cc air-cooled four-stroke engine that comes with a five-speed transmission with reverse and connected to a reliable and quiet shaft drive. The smooth and reliable power the Bayou 250 produces is more than enough for an ATV of this size. Combine that with a hassle-free electric starter that offers push-button starting convenience and a recoil starter that offers additional starting option in the event of a low battery and you have an ATV that’s as tough as nails without any of the hang-ups.
Speaking of toughness, the Bayou 250 is all that and some, thanks to an independent A-arm front suspension and a semi-independent multi-link rear suspension - the only ATV of its class to offer this - providing a smooth, compliant ride without any of the complexity or maintenance required by a fully independent design.
Find out more about the Kawasaki Bayou 250 after the jump.