Kawasaki has launched the Versys-X 300 in India at a price of Rs. 4.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This is the most affordable bike under the Japanese manufacturer’s Versys series.
The Versys-X 300 will be competing in the rapidly expanding middle-weight adventure motorcycle segment. It will thus rival the likes of the Suzuki V-Storm 250, the Royal Enfield Himalayan and the upcoming BMW GS 310.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is essentially based on a tweaked version of the tubular frame chassis that underpins the company’s entry-level naked offering, the Kawasaki Z300. It also uses the same 296 cc, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that develops 39 PS @ 11,500 rpm and a peak torque of 27 Nm @ 10,000 rpm. Transmission duties are handled by a 6-speed gearbox.
The adventure motorcycle also borrows other chassis components from its naked sibling. This includes a telescopic suspension at the front and a monoshock at the rear. However, the suspension setup has been retuned to suit the needs of an adventure motorcycle, thus offering better suspension travel.
The braking setup includes 290 mm disc brake at the front and a 220 mm unit at the rear. The bike also comes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 gets a tall design, which is majorly contributed by the massive 19-inch alloy wheel at the front and a 17-inch unit at the rear. These wheels are wrapped with 100/90 and 130/80 section tyres, respectively. The bike weighs 175 kg and will thus likely be an agile off-roader. Moreover, the 17-litre fuel tank will likely help in enhancing the bike’s appeal to long distance tourers as well.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 will be sold in India as a CKD (completely knocked down unit) and hence will be assembled locally. This has helped Kawasaki to launch the bike slightly aggressively, especially in comparison to other competitors that are imported into the country as CBUs and thus warrant a higher tax slab.