The smallest Kawasaki motorcycle, the Versys X300, is more expensive than it should be given its specs. It doesn’t have much competition right now, but the category of small adventure motorcycles is about to explode.
The Kawasaki Versys X300 is now on sale for Rs. 4.6 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)
Kawasaki Versys X300 Specs
296cc parallel 2-cylinder (180-degree firing order)
40PS @ 11500RPM
26Nm @ 10000RPM
This engine has a high RPM and is smooth. The power and torque are at the top end, and you have to squeeze it to get performance out of it. This combination is good for the race track, but it’s better to have bottom end torque for off-road use.
The tall sixth gear will be good for touring long distances in comfort. It can easily go 130 km/h for the whole day.
815mm is the height of the seat
Most Indian buyers will be able to get the seat. It’s also 20mm shorter and narrower than the Hero Impulse.
180mm of ground clearance
The ground clearance is better than that of most road bikes, but it’s not good enough for serious off-roading. As a point of comparison, the Royal Enfield Himalayan has a ground clearance of 220 mm.
Wheelbase: 1450 mm
17-litre fuel tank
— There’s just enough gas in the tank for a cross-country trip. The fuel tank on the Himalayan is 15 litres.
Royal Enfield released two new bikes and a new 650cc engine.
184kg kerb weight
A lighter bike will give you more confidence when riding off-road. The Versys X300 is a bit lighter than the Himalayan, but it’s still heavier than the Hero Impulse, which weighs 135kg. When fuel injection was added to the Himalayan, it became 191 kg.
Front tyre 100/90/19 tube type
The front 19-inch tyre works well off-road, but not as well as the Himalayan’s 21-inch tyre. But it will handle and drive better because bigger wheels tend to lose cornering feel. Plus, the tyres don’t have a lot of knobs and are made to handle highways and, at most, small trails.
The wire spoke wheels, on the other hand, will let it occasionally jump off a pretty high curb without adding to the cost of repairs. Its bigger brother, the Versys 650, has 17-inch wheels and tyres on both ends, which makes it less good off-road.
130/80-17 rear tube type tyre
For more rugged wire spoke wheels, you have to give up the convenience of tubes. So, owners of the Versys X300 should keep a pair of tubes in case of an emergency. You won’t get ripped off by a roadside mechanic, and you’ll have a spare tube in case the roadside mechanic doesn’t have the right one.
290mm front disc brake with 2 pistons
2-piston, 220mm disc brake on the back
The Indian market doesn’t have ABS. Also, even riders who are pretty good have said that the Versys X300 stops faster without the ABS.
Kawasaki Versys X300 Problems
The bike’s biggest problem is the way its exhaust pipes are set up. Since this engine is best for both the road and the track, the exhaust pipes come out from under the engine. If you get stuck on a rock or tree trunk, the weight of the bike will fall on the exhaust pipe and damage it. The pipe on the Himalayan is at the bottom and to the side of the engine. The exhaust from the Hero Impulse doesn’t even get close to the ground.
Versys X300 Price
It costs about Rs. 1 lakh more than the Ninja 300, which seemed overpriced to begin with. Since Kawasaki makes the Versys X300 in India, we expected it to have a price that was only a little bit higher than the Ninja 300. It also has the same 296cc engine that the Ninja does. You can get the much more powerful Kawasaki Z650 for just Rs. 50,000 more. But the Versys X300 is like a Swiss army knife and is better for everyday use as well as occasional trail riding and touring on the highway.
Kawasaki Versys X300 Competition
Royal Enfield Himalayan
The Himalayan’s strength is that it was built with India in mind. It’s also easy to drive on the road and very good off-road. At Rs. 1.65 lakh, the bike is affordable, and parts are easy to find. When riding off-road, its weight is a problem. RE has fixed the bike’s problems, and it works better now.
KTM 390 Aventure
KTM is a well-known brand in the off-road industry. So we know the 390 Adventure will be a monster off-road. Local production will also make the price, which will be Rs 2.2–2.5 lakh, more appealing.
BMW G310 GS
The BMW G310 is not made for real off-roading, but it has a good ground clearance and soft suspension to handle rough roads. It’s trying to make a name for itself in India by using the BMW name. TVS already makes this bike and sends it to countries in the West. We might get the bike at the same time as the G310 R, at the end of 2019. The price will be close to Rs. 2.2 lakh.
BMW G310 GS Page Official
Even though the Xpulse is still just a concept, it will be made and sold in 2019. The 200cc single-cylinder engine will make 20hp, and the bike will cost about Rs. 1.2 lakh.