If you were with us last week, you will know that Kawasaki is working on a 250cc Versys models for the Indonesian market. While a 300cc version of it was almost certain, we didn’t expect it to debut this soon.
The Kawasaki Versys X 300, as they are calling it, is the latest entrant in to a very promising upcoming segment. In the next 2-3 years this space will have a number of bikes from different manufacturers, including Suzuki V-Strom 250, BMM G310GS and KTM Duke 390 Adventure.
In terms of design, the bike isn’t as flashy as some of the others we’ve mentioned. Kawasaki has opted for a small single headlamp set-up instead of twin, which is not some that we are too keen about. However, it does have the ‘adventure’ silhouette taken car of. Also its tourer/adventure variant is especially great to look at, due to the add-ons.
The small Versys gets long windshield, long travel front (41mm telescopic) and rear (gas charged monoshock) suspension, single seat, digital-analogue instrument cluster, wide straight handlebar and upright seating position. Its exhaust is an upswept unit and wheels are spoked. Good number of luggage carriers and holders are also fitted in.
Though exact specifications are not known, power for the Kawasaki Versys X300 will come from an EURO-IV complaint, 296cc water cooled twin cylinder engine. It will be mated to a 6-speed transmission and tuned for better low and mid-range power. Features like optional ABS, Slipper clutch and ECO mode will form part of the equipment.
Kawasaki Versys X300 variants
The new Versys X300 will come is two variant- Urban and Adventure. Its Urban variant comes with features like center stand,hand guards, tank pad and a 30 litre top case. The Adventure/tourer variant in addition gets tubular engine guard with extra lights and two side panniers, each with a capacity of 17 litres.
Kawasaki Versys X300 launch and price in India
It is not confirmed whether Kawasaki will launch the Versys X300 in India. With the new popularity of the segment, it is hard to completely rule out this possibility. Even if it is launched, prices will be slightly higher than that of the Ninja 300.