India Kawasaki Motors has launched the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 in the country at a price of INR 4.6 lakhs, ex-showroom, Mumbai and Delhi.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is the most affordable bike in the Versys line-up. It is also Kawasaki’s smallest displacement bike in the touring category. Commenting on the launch, 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.
Powering the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is a 296cc parallel twin motor with liquid cooling. Kawasaki has tuned the engine to produce smooth torque, power at low and medium rpm, and powerful acceleration at high rpm. In the UK market, the engine makes 40 PS at 11,500 rpm, and 25.7 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The powerplant pairs with a 6-speed transmission. The engine’s heat management technology promotes airflow when riding to help dissipate engine heat. Redirecting the air also helps to keep other parts cooler such as the tank and the frame for further increase in rider’s comfort.
Kawasaki has blessed the Versys-X 300 with a 41 mm long-travel telescopic front fork, and a Uni-Trak gas-charged monoshock at the rear for optimum off-road capability. The motorcycle comes to a halt using a single 290 mm petal disc at the front, and a 220 mm petal disc at the rear, both with ABS.
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Kawasaki assembles the bike at the brand’s Chakan plant in Pune, and the bookings of the motorcycle are open. The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is the second most affordable adventure tourer in the Country after the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Interestingly, the bike is only INR 39,000 cheaper than the 2017 Kawasaki Z650, which costs INR 4,99,000, ex-showroom.