When Honda introduced the Grom earlier this year, it kicked off a renewed interest in the monkey bike, small-sized motorcycles with a high fun-factor that made up for its single-digit horsepower output. Suzuki is on board, announcing a new electric mini-bike concept called the Extrigger.
But we’d be remiss if we forget that Kawasaki has been producing a mini-bike of its own for the Asian market. The Kawasaki KSR110 has been available in countries such as Thailand and the Philippines for a while now, but for 2014, the minibike receives an update and gets renamed as the KSR Pro.
Beside the bold new graphics, the 2014 KSR Pro doesn’t look much different from the KSR110. The motor remains a 111cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that Kawasaki says offers strong low-end torque and crisp throttle response. The KSR Pro however switches from an automatic to a manual clutch to go with the four-speed transmission. Also new are the petal disc brake and an electric starter (though a kickstarter remains for battery-free start-ups.)
Beyond that, the KSR Pro retains the 12-inch cast aluminum wheels, compact frame, low 29.5-inch seat height, 209 pound (claimed) weight and supermoto styling. The front suspension remains a 30mm upside-down fork with 130mm of travel while the rear shock provides 125mm of travel.
At the moment, Kawasaki hasn’t announced which markets will receive the new KSR Pro, though the Philippines and Thailand (where it is produced) are sure bets. We’d certainly wouldn’t mind if Kawasaki Motor U.S.A. decides to bring the KSR over here.