India Kawasaki Motor has parted ways with Bajaj in India and has started the Indian operations on its own. Tha Japanese motorcycle giant will soon launch the entry-level adventure bike – Versys X-300 and the mid-size cruiser, Vulcan S in India. Kawasaki is currently shifting its operations to a new plant in Chakan from Bajaj’s facility. The motorcycles are expected in India by the end of this year.
Kawasaki Versys X-300
Kawasaki unveiled the Versys X-300 at the EICMA show last year. This is the entry-level adventure motorcycle from Kawasaki and has been launched in many international markets. The Versys X-300 gets many unique features like 41mm long forks up front and a Uni-Trak gas-charged mono-shock at the rear.
The power comes from the same 296cc, parallel twin engine that powers the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Kawasaki provides the same 6-speed gearbox with the Versys X-300. The Indian version of the motorcycle will have the power of around 38 Bhp but the final power output is not known yet. The motorcycle comes with 19-inch front tyre and 17-inch rear tyre. Both of the wheels is spoke type wheels. There is single-disc brake at both front and rear but ABS is optional. Kawasaki will assemble the motorcycle in India to keep the cost low. The price will be around Rs. 4 lakh.
Vulcan S will be the first cruiser from Kawasaki in India. The motorcycle was introduced last year and is powered by a version of the 649cc, parallel-twin engine that powers the Ninja 650. The engine gets revised cam profiles, modified intake tract, exhaust and ECU. Kawasaki will also assemble the motorcycle in India to keep the pricing aggressive. Kawasaki will target the Harley-Davidson Street 750 with the new motorcycle while the upcoming Royal Enfield Continental GT 750 will also become a competitor. The motorcycle will carry a price tag of around Rs, 6 lakh.