The buzzing motorcycle segment that has taken over the world is the adventure type. Be it Triumph, Ducati, KTM and others. They have been enjoying the growing popularity of this leisure category. Kawasaki Versys 650 too sits in that segment but in the middle displacement category. The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has now an entry-level adventure motorcycle called the Versys X-300, that was recently launched in India at Rs 4.60 lakh, ex-showroom. And that makes it Rs 5.65 lakh on road in Mumbai. That’s Rs 7 lakh lesser than the Kawasaki Versys 650.
As you might have already guessed it from the name, the Kawasaki Versys X-300 is powered by the same eight-valve, liquid-cooled 296cc, six-speed parallel twin motor that does duty in the Kawasaki Ninja 300. There is a slight difference though. Kawasaki mentions that the unit on the Versys X-300 comes with tweaked airbox, exhaust and intake funnel. This makes the X-300 offer improved mid and stronger peak performance, as claimed by Kawasaki. The motor is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
The Kawasaki Versys X-300 comes with a steek backbone frame with a 41-mm long travel suspension in front and a bottom-link, Uni-Track, gas-charged monoshock in the rear. From the looks of it, the Kawasaki Versys X-300 should glide over uneven surfaces and bad roads. It gets 19-inch front wheel with spokes that makes it capable to handle your off-road adventures. Braking duties are taken care of by 290mm front and 220mm rear discs with dual-channel ABS offered as standard.
Kawasaki has already started deliveries of the Versys X-300. For now, the Kawasaki Versys X-300 does not have equivalent rivals but internationally it competes with the Suzuki V-Strom 250 and also the BMW GS 310 R.