Kawasaki Versys X 300 takes design inspiration from its bigger sibling Versys 650; the adventure tourer uses same engine as Ninja 300
Adventure touring segment in the Indian motorcycle market has not been very congested or explored yet. But with the growing popularity, several bike makers are coming forward to introduce their products across different price ranges in the segment.
While models like Royal Enfield Himalayan and Mahindra Mojo are already there under 500 cc segment, BMW is preparing its G310 GS model for launch next year and the Austrian bike manufacturer KTM is also set to introduce its 390 Adventure in the country soon.
With their entry, the competition is going to get pretty much intensified. However, wanting to be an early bird and have the first punch, Kawasaki has just launched its entry-level adventure tourer, the Versys X 300, in the market today much to the surprise of everyone.
It made its global premiere at the 2016 edition of EICMA Show in Milan and we expected it to reach our shores only next year. Apparently, Kawasaki did not want to wait that long and added the bike to its showrooms. It strengthens the brand’s Versys range by joining two other siblings, the Versys 650 and Versys 1000.
It follows the debut of the Versys 650 that only features revised body graphics for 2018. The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer had reportedly imported a bike codenamed as LE250C earlier and fuelled speculation of a possible 250cc model was in the making. We safely assumed that it was no more when the X 300 made its global debut.
New age customers are opting for interesting segments and more adventurous bikes. No wonder the Kawasaki Versys X 300 has now become a compelling option to consider in the entry-level ADV category. Here is everything you need to know about the all-new Kawasaki Versys X 300:
Kawasaki Versys X 300 India Price
|Kawasaki Versys X 300 India Price||Rs. 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom)|
Making international debut at the 2016 EICMA show in Italy, the Kawasaki Versys X 300 was expected to be aggressively priced at close to Rs. 3 lakh (ex-showroom) but what panned out in the end is definitely on the higher side of the price spectrum.
Despite the price of Rs. 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi and Mumbai), it is still one of the least expensive advs in India from a premium bike maker and acts as a testament to the growing craze of adventure motorcycles and will motivate more premium companies to introduce their entry-level adventure models.
Bookings for the Versys-X 300 has opened now across all 22 showrooms and deliveries will commence immediately. The fifth bike to be locally assembled at Chakan plant is the 23rd model added to the Kawasaki’s portfolio in India.
Kawasaki Versys X 300 Engine, Transmission and Mileage
|Engine||296 cc, Fuel-Injected, Liquid-Cooled, Parallel-Twin|
|Power||40 PS at 11,500 rpm|
|Torque||25.7 Nm at 10,000 rpm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17 Litres|
Kawasaki Versys X 300 shares its components with its siblings like the Ninja 300 and Z 300 but tuned for better low and mid range. The 296cc parallel-twin liquid-cooled DOHC 8-Valve engine is paired to a six-speed transmission.
The engine is capable of churning out 40 PS of peak power at 11,500 rpm and 25.7 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. Expect this bike to return improved fuel economy as well compared to its fully-faired sibling at around 28 kmpl as the injectors and throttle valves are designed in such way.
|Suspension||41 mm telescopic Showa front fork and bottom-link, Uni-track, gas-charged monoshock rear|
|Brakes||single, 290 mm petal disc at front and 220 mm disc at rear|
|Wheels||19-inch front and 17-inch rear wire spokes with aluminium rim|
|Tyre||100/90-19M/C 57S Front and 130/80-17M/C 65S Rear|
On the suspension front, the Kawasaki Versys X 300 gets 41 mm telescopic front fork, while rear gets single shock absorber. For braking duty, the bike gets disc brakes on both the front and rear wheels. The front wheel sports a 290 mm disc and rear gets a 220 mm disc, and it also comes equipped with ABS as standard feature.
Kawasaki Versys X 300 Exterior and Dimension
|Seat Height||845 mm|
|Curb mass||175 kg|
Kawasaki Versys X 300 takes the design inspiration from its bigger sibling Versys 650. It gets an aggressive appearance and sports sharp dual headlamps, a tall windscreen, fully digital instrument cluster.
The bike also sports a muscular fuel tank, sharp fairing, stepped up seat. It also comes with a higher riding position and it gets a generous amount of ground clearance at around 180 mm. No wonder, this will help the bike to ride on to rough terrains easily.
The Kawasaki Versys X 300 is built on diamond high-tensile steel chassis and comes offering better stability. The bike gets a machine gun muzzle like exhaust pipe which dons a chrome plating on it delivering a shiny appearance.
The bike runs on alloy wheels wrapped in tubeless tyres. Dimensionally, the Kawasaki Versys X 300 features a length of 2,170 mm, seat height of 845 mm, width of 860 mm, wheelbase of 1,450 mm and overall height of 1,390 mm.
Kawasaki Versys X 300 India Colours
The X 300 is offered in Candy Lime Green/Metallic Graphite Gray or Metallic Graphite Gray/Flat Ebony.
Kawasaki Versys X 300 Rivals
The Kawasaki Versys X 300 challenges models like Royal Enfield Himalayan, Mahindra Mojo, upcoming KTM Duke 390 Adventure, BMW G310 GS and Suzuki V-Strom 250.