The Kawasaki Versys X300 has appeared right in time to claim its share of the newly bubbling entry-level adventure motorcycle segment across the globe. Of course it is not alone in the segment.
The limelight is shared by the Suzuki V-Storm 250 (though still a study – Suzuki DL250 Concept), upcoming KTM 390 Adventure, and the ever intriguing BMW G310 GS. Even Honda is believed to be cooking something in the same flavour; while we wait for Yamaha to make a statement.
The smaller Versys is based on an edited version of the Kawasaki Z300’s tubular chassis, with the same engine in its womb. It is powered by a 296 cc four-stroke, DOHC, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that produces 39 PS of maximum power and 27 Nm of peak torque. This engine, along with its six-speed transmission, is already shared with the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Other parts like the fork, monoshock and brakes are also seemingly shared. ABS is on offer.
Price of the new Kawasaki Versys X300 starts from £5,149 (INR 4.3 lakh) in the UK (only ABS variant on sale) and $5,399 (INR 3.66 lakh) in the US for Non ABS variant and $5,699 (INR 3.86 lakh) for the ABS variant.