India Kawasaki Motor has put out a video teaser of the Kawasaki Versys X-300. The on-off road bike is expected to be launched in the next 2 months, according to Motovore. The Versys X-300 is likely to carry a price tag higher than the Ninja 300, and will be assembled in India. Given the fact that the Ninja 300 is priced at Rs. 3.6 lakhs, the Versys X-300 may be priced a little higher, at around Rs. 4 lakhs.
This will make it around double the price of the Royal Enfield Himalayan but the Versys X-300 does have a lot more equipment and performance. It uses the same 300cc parallel twin engine found on the Ninja 300 sportsbike. The engine produces around 39 Bhp-27 Nm on the Ninja, and a similar output is likely on the Versys X-300. The engine gets twin camshafts, four valves in each cylinder, liquid cooling and fuel injection. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard.
All these features make it a high performance motor that is eager to be revved (redline is close to 12,000 rpm) and very smooth even at the rev limiter. The Versys X-300 is expected to have a top speed close to the 160 Kmph mark, and acceleration will be very good as well. Expect the bike to reach 100 Kph from rest in just about 7 seconds. This will make overtaking other traffic on Indian highways a breeze.
So, when compared to the Himalayan, the Versys X-300 will be a much more faster bike. It will also have ABS. Kawasaki offers disc brakes on both wheels, which use spokes. The front suspension consists of 41 mm telescopic forks and the rear suspension is a Uni-Trak gas-charged mono-shock. The suspension will be tuned for the Versys X-300 to handle bad roads.
The bike also gets a tall front fairing to offer the rider wind protection. It also gets a twin seat that is designed to accommodate two people comfortably over long distances. The handlebar and footpeg geometry has also been modified accordingly for comfortable long distance riding.