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

12/01/2018 - 17:59 | ,  ,  ,   | Praveen M

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.

SpecificationsRoyal Enfield Himalayan SleetKawasaki Versys-X 300
Engine411 cc SOHC single cylinder engine with fuel injection, air and oil cooling296 cc parallel twin DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection
Maximum Power24.5 PS at 6,500 rpm40 PS at 11,500 rpm
Peak Torque32 Nm at 4,250 rpm25.7 Nm at 10,000 rpm
Transmission5-speed6-speed with assist and slipper clutch
Front Suspension41 mm telescopic fork with 200 mm travel41 mm telescopic fork with 130 mm travel
Rear SuspensionMonoshock with linkage offering 180 mm travelBottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock and adjustable preload with 148 mm travel
Front Brake300 mm disc290 mm petal disc with ABS
Rear Brake240 mm disc220 mm petal disc with ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity15 litres17 litres
Kerb Weight191 kg184 kg
Front Wheel Size90/90 - 21100/90-19M/C 57S
Rear Wheel Size120/90 - 17130/80-17M/C 65S
Ground Clearance220 mm180 mm
PriceINR 2,12,666, on-road ChennaiINR 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.

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