Kawasaki has added another member to its adventure touring Versys series by launching the Versys-X 300 in India at Rs. 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Brought into India via the CKD route, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 will serve as the entry-level Versys motorcycle in India.
The X 300 differs from the bigger Versys models in the way it is styled - it gets a singular headlamp up front as compared to to the Ninja-like twin headlights on the Versys 650 & 1000. Also, the X 300 sports wired spoke wheels instead of alloys.
Powertrain of the X 300 is shared with the Ninja 300, which means on duty is a 296cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that produces 38.5bhp of maximum power and 27Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed gearbox comes standard. The bike is also equipped with heat management technology, that promotes airflow when riding to help dissipate engine heat. Redirecting the air also helps to keep other parts cooler such as the tank and the frame for further increase in the rider comfort.
The X 300 gets a 41mm telescopic front fork and and a gas-charged rear shock with adjustable pre-load. 290mm petal disc brakes are standard both at front and rear along with ABS. The Versys X-300 also gets a bigger front tyre - 19-inch, vs 17-inch at the rear.
Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors said, “The Versys-X 300 will offer a high level of riding excitement and rider confidence in a wide variety of roads. What makes Versys-X 300 versatile is comfortable highway cruising and easy riding in the city”.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 does not have any direct rival in India as of now. However, quarter-litre adventure tourer segment is set to get more crowded in future, as the BMW G 310 GS and KTM 390 Adventure are expected to be launched in India in 2018.