Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet vs Kawasaki Versys-X 300 – spec comparison


Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

The Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet was launched today, and its nearest competitor is the Kawasaki Versys-X 300. Let’s see how the two adventure tourers perform on paper.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet press shot front right quarter
The production of the Himalayan Sleet is limited to only 500 units.

Both the motorcycles have different characters. The Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet has a very no-nonsense, rugged design. The Versys-X 300 on the other hand gets the characteristic angular design elements, all the while being practical enough.

Specifications Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet Kawasaki Versys-X 300
Engine 411 cc SOHC single cylinder engine with fuel injection, air and oil cooling 296 cc parallel twin DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection
Maximum Power 24.5 PS at 6,500 rpm 40 PS at 11,500 rpm
Peak Torque 32 Nm at 4,250 rpm 25.7 Nm at 10,000 rpm
Transmission 5-speed 6-speed with assist and slipper clutch
Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork with 200 mm travel 41 mm telescopic fork with 130 mm travel
Rear Suspension Monoshock with linkage offering 180 mm travel Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock and adjustable preload with 148 mm travel
Front Brake 300 mm disc 290 mm petal disc with ABS
Rear Brake 240 mm disc 220 mm petal disc with ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres 17 litres
Kerb Weight 191 kg 184 kg
Front Wheel Size 90/90 – 21 100/90-19M/C 57S
Rear Wheel Size 120/90 – 17 130/80-17M/C 65S
Ground Clearance 220 mm 180 mm
Price INR 2,12,666, on-road Chennai INR 4.6 lakhs, ex-showroom, Mumbai and Delhi

Though the Versys-X 300 is more powerful than the Himalayan, the motor is a high-revving unit and has 6.3 Nm less torque than the Indian motorcycle. However, on the safety front, the Versys scores better, thanks to the inclusion of ABS and petal discs. The bike also has a 2-litre bigger tank, and weighs 7 kg lesser than the Himalayan.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 press right side
The Versys is only INR 39,000 cheaper than the 2017 Kawasaki Z650, which costs INR 4,99,000, ex-showroom.

The Himalayan Sleet gets twin aluminium panniers, braced handlebars, and a crash guard as standard. The Versys-X 300 comes with a single hard pannier, crash guard and two auxiliary lamps. Though the Versys comes with its own set of capabilities, the absurd price tag will be off-putting to prospective buyers who are looking for a sturdy adventure tourer that doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket. The Himalayan is the only choice for budget-conscious riders, and has better ground clearance and suspension travel than the Versys. It also has the advantage of bigger brand service reach when compared to Kawasaki.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Sleet – Image Gallery

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 – Image Gallery

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