Kawasaki Versys-X 300 touring motorcycle launched in India

Kawasaki-Versys-X-300-India-Launch-price-M1The newest Versys is priced at Rs 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai) and will be locally assembled at India Kawasaki’s Chakan, Pune plant. This is the smallest capacity touring bike from Kawasaki and will be a more affordable option than the larger Versys 650 which is priced at Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The newly launched Versys-X 300 is powered by a 249-cc parallel-twin churning out 40 PS at 11,500 rpm and 25.7 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. Kawasaki says that the engine has been designed to offer “smooth, torquey, power at low and medium rpm and powerful acceleration at high rpm.”

Versys® -X 300 ABS

Speaking about the launch Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director, 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.”

Aiding the versatility of the tourer are it’s long travel suspension – 41 mm telescopic fork in front and the rear gets a bottom-link monoshock with adjustable preload. The good news for Indian riders is the Kawasaki Versys-X 300’s accessible seat height of 815 mm and the intelligent heat management system which helps dissipate engine heat away from the rider and the fuel tank frame. Other touring-friendly bits include a 17- litre fuel tank, wide handlebar and the promise of nimble handling.

Braking duties are handled by a single 290 mm petal disc in front and a 220 mm petal disc on the rear wheel, and the reassurance ABS. Kawasaki state that although the Versys-X hasn’t been designed for off-road use, the 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke wheels give it greater capability on unpaved roads than its larger, street-focused brothers.

The ex-showroom price of Rs 4.60 lakh for the Versys-X 300 might seem steep to some, considering one can get it’s larger sibling Z650 for another Rs 40,000, but do bear in mind that these are two completely different animals.

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