Kawasaki Versys-X 300
KAWASAKI INDIA RECENTLY launched their smallest touring bike, the Versys-X 300, in the country priced at Rs 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The latest Versys will be locally assembled at the company’s plant at Chakan, near Pune. This is the smallest capacity touring bike from Kawasaki and will be a more affordable option than the larger Versys 650 which is priced at Rs 6.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The newly launched Versys-X 300 is powered by a 249-cc parallel-twin churning out 40 PS at 11,500 rpm and 25.7 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. Aiding the versatility of the tourer is its long travel suspension ― 41-mm telescopic fork at the front and a bottom-link monoshock with adjustable preload at the rear. The good news for Indian riders is the bike’s accessible seat height of 815 mm and the intelligent heat management system which helps dissipate engine heat away from the rider and the fuel tank frame. Other touring-friendly bits include a 17-litre fuel tank, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wire wheels, wide handlebar, and the promise of nimble handling. The Versys-X 300 comes with a 290-mm petal disc at the front and a 220-mm petal disc at the rear. The smallest Versys may be steep in price but there is hardly another bike that matches this little adventure machine.