The Kawasaki Versys X 300 has been launched in India for a price of Rs. 4.6 lakhs. It will be a great addition to India’s ever-growing Adventure-touring segment, even though the note on its official release statement says ‘not designed for off-road use’.
Kawasaki claims that this is a ‘any-road any-time performance’ model and while it’s not a proper adventure, the 19” front and 17” rear spoke wheels give it greater capability on unpaved roads. Seeing as to how well-renowned the ‘Versys’ name is, there shouldn’t be any shortage of soft-roading and touring prowess.
|Launch date||November 27, 2017|
When compared to its closes sibling-the Ninja 300, the bike gets long travel suspension, bigger spoke wheels, wider windscreen, wide reach handlebars and more carriage points. The bike is semi-faired and seating position is low and relaxed. ABS comes as standard.
The Kawasaki Versys X 300 is powered by a 296cc DOHC Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin mill. It produces 40PS of power and 25.7 Nm of torque, and is claimed to be smooth, torquey in low- and mid- engine RPMs. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
The bike also has a clever heat management technology which enhances heat dissipation by natural airflow. This keeps overall temperatures low and increases rider comfort.
Mr. 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 versatility is possible mainly because of long travel suspension, wide reach bars and a low seat aid the manoeuvrability of the twin cylinder machine.
Kawasaki Versys X 300 price and competition
The Kawasaki Versys X300 is priced at Rs. 4.6 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). This is almost Rs. 1,00,000/- over the Ninja 300 and uncomfortably close to the new Ninja 650. At this price, the Versys X 300 will find indirect competition from the Harley Davidson Street 750.
The bike will be assembled at the manufacturer’s Chakan plant and it can be booked through all of their dealerships.
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