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Kawasaki Versys X-300 [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement296 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight184 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 4,69,000

Kawasaki Versys X-300 [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Kawasaki Versys X-300 [2018-2019] Summary

Versys X-300 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 296 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 184 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres

About Versys X-300 [2018-2019]

Kawasaki has finally started selling its entry-level adventure touring motorcycle, the Versys-X 300 in India.

Built around the same 296cc motor that is seen on the Ninja 300, the Versys-X 300 is currently the most affordable twin-cylinder adventure touring bike in the country. Its multiple attributes, including long travel suspension, spoked-wheels and 19-inch front wheel, have made this quite a versatile motorcycle. On the other hand, it doesn’t get full-offroad spec tyres and bash plate, which makes it less exciting for adventure enthusiasts.

The 296cc parallel-twin motor produces 38.5bhp of peak power and 27Nm of maximum torque which is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The stopping power for this Kawasaki is taken care of by a 290mm single disc in the front and a 220mm disc at the rear. ABS is standard for this motorcycle.

Kawasaki is currently offering the Versys-X 300 with only one paint scheme, green/grey. It is assembled at their new Chakan plant and is being sold through all Kawasaki showrooms. This Japanese adventure touring bike competes with the BMW G310R which is expected to be launched next year.
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Kawasaki Versys X-300 [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Very comfortable for long rides
    • Known for its off-road capabilities
    • Fuel tank capacity is really good
  • Could be Better

    • Pricing is on the higher side
    • 300cc engine misses out on mid-range torque
    • Limited service reach

BikeWale's Take

The Versys X-300 is the most affordable ADV in Kawasaki’s line-up. This motorcycle is known for its off-road capabilities and long distance riding. However, the 300cc parallel-twin engine misses out on mid-range torque. Plus, the expensive price tag makes it the most expensive in its class. 

Kawasaki Versys X-300 [2018-2019] Review

This is the Kawasaki Versys-X300. Launched in India back in 2017, it is touted as one of the best small ADVs in the market. But, at Rs 5.6 lakhs in Mumbai, it is also very expensive; if not for anything else, for being a 300.

Introduction

No, this isn't the 2018 edition. No, there has been no change to it whatsoever since it was launched. And no, we hadn't forgotten about it. It's just one of those things that sometimes take longer than expected. A lot longer in this particular case.

This is the Kawasaki Versys X-300. Launched in India back in 2017, it is touted as one of the best small ADVs in the market. But, at Rs 5.6 lakhs in Mumbai, it is also very expensive; if not for anything else, for being a 300.

Quality

But, you do get your money's worth when it comes to quality. The paint job is fantastic; and this is a heavily used motorcycle. We found no real signs of rust; at least on parts that weren't fabricated in India.

The switchgear though basic, is crisp to operate. And the plastic all round not only fits well, it looks and feels solid. Apart from the pannier, which is flimsy. Not just to the touch, but also in the way it operates.

Comfort

That's nearly a five-on-five for the Versys. Both the seating and standing ergonomics (it's an ADV, after all) are spot-on. The seat is low, the footpegs are neutrally positioned, the handlebar is just the right height, and the distance between the seat and the handlebar makes for properly upright seating. No pointless crouching here.

The one-piece seat is large and cushy, and even the pillion end is big enough to hold someone hefty. Then there's the ride. It isn't exactly plush, and many might find it a bit firm initially. But, it's well damped. And that means even though the suspension doesn't isolate the rider from the road completely, it does cut out all the ugliness.

There's no handlebar shudder, no bottoming out into potholes, and no kickback from the rear to speak of. It also doesn't jiggle or skip about even when the going gets rough leaving the bike with a stable, confident and relaxed air.

It's just one of those bikes that allows you to power through almost anything without shaking its head or bucking around.

Performance

We will split this into two parts - on the road and off it. Because ADV.

On the road, the Versys is a joy. It's got a neutral balance, decent turns lock-to-lock, and a low seat height that allows you to put both feet firmly on the ground. And though its not exactly a light bike, moving it around on muscle power alone won't leave you with shredded tendons. It's also easy to filter through traffic with.

Away from the city, its straight line mannerisms are typical of a big bike. It just stays on its intended line of travel no matter the crosswinds or change in surfaces. Even around corners, it might not be as agile as street nakeds with its slightly lazy trail, the long travel suspension, and its high handlebar, but it is anything but cumbersome or uninvolving.

It doesn't feel vague when you tip it into a corner; it doesn't skip or wallow if it encounters a mid corner bump; and it doesn't flex or feel skittish when powering out. Sure, it needs positive and slightly exaggerated steering inputs, but once you have steered it, it holds on to its line, like a dog does a ball.

Off-road, the Versys won't blow your mind. It might run spoked wheels - 19 and 17 inches, front and rear - but it uses more road-focused IRC tyres. And, you can't turn the ABS off, even for just the rear wheel.

Then there's the high-strung engine. The parallel twin is borrowed from the Ninja 300, and it hasn't lost any of its top-end potency. It also creates unnecessary vibes at the handlebar, seat and foot pegs between 5,000-7,000rpm. Rev past it, and the bike runs smoother and it finally begins to pull with vigour.

Yes, the low end grunt is relatively weak on this engine, which is very uncharacteristic of an adventure motorcycle, big or small. So, to have any sort of control or purchase on dirt, one needs to wring the hell out of the Kawasaki at all times. And, that's not just rude to the bike, it's tiring for the rider too.

Having said that, the X300 does have a few off-road friendly traits. Its slim waist makes it easy to grab the bike with the legs. The fuel tank design allows you to hook your knees when standing up. And, the handlebar is high enough not to necesate excessive bending. To ride standing up comes easy on the Versys.

Technology

The X-300 gets ABS, but no tubeless tyres, no ride-by-wire, no adjustable levers, and no LED lighting whatsoever.

Fuel efficiency

As we mentioned earlier, this engine is a high-strung one. And that never bodes well for fuel economy. Expect the to return fuel efficiency figures in the high twenties at best. But, at least the X300 has a big tank (17 litres), and that means good highway range on a tankful.

Fitness of purpose

The proper definition of an ADV involves long travel suspension, high ground clearance, spoked wheels, upright seating, and luggage carrying capability that would make a donkey proud. And on these counts the Versys-X300 comes quite close.

But, an ADV is also about low and mid range torque to make it easier and more relaxed to ride on dirt or while touring. On the X300, one has to rev it and make constant down shifts just to keep the momentum. And, that's one big shortcoming of this small ADV.

Our take

As a product, the X300 is undoubtedly good, even though expensive. It is comfortable to spend long hours on; it can most certainly go around a corner; it can carry a pillion and some luggage; and even though it isn't ideal for dirt, with the right upgrades (read better tyres), it should work.

Moreover, it has comfy ergos, it isn't as heavy as a rock, and it has decent range and wind protection for highway blasts. It has light controls  too. It doesn't heat up. And, with its low seat height and good turning circle, it's quite manageable as a daily driver.

But, it needs a different engine. 

Photography by Kapil Angane

Gear Check

Helmet: Arai Astro IQ - Rs 59,000

Jacket: Helstons Sonny Mesh - Rs 15,990

Gloves: RS Taichi Shorties - Rs 6,500

Pants: Helstons Corden Stone Riding Denims - Rs 17,990

Boots: Alpinestars Tech 7 MX - Rs 30,000

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 38.7 bhp @ 11,500 rpm

    Max Torque 25.7 Nm @ 10,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 296 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 62 mm

    Stroke 49 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.6:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet Multi-Disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 290 mm

    Front Tyre Size 100/90-19M/C 57S

    Rear Tyre Size 130/80-17M/C 65S

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type Front-2 Piston, Rear-2 Piston Caliper

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres No

    Wheel Type Spoke

    Front Suspension ø41 mm telescopic fork (130 mm)

    Rear Suspension Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock and adjustable preload (148 mm)

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 184 kg

    Overall Length 2,170 mm

    Overall Width 940 mm

    Wheelbase 1,450 mm

    Ground Clearance 180 mm

    Seat Height 815 mm

    Overall Height 1,390 mm

    Chassis Type Backbone, high-tensile steel

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm --

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight Type--

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail Light--

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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  •  5beautiful machine 2 years ago by Yugandhar Oak, Pune

    i got this bike on rent for few days... it's wonderful machine ...perfect for tourers... big tank helps a lot... and also bike will cruise at 130 to 140 kmhp that's really cool.. ABS works perfectly.. i just love this bike... if any one is serious about touring they wil

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  •  4Comfi trendy review 3 years ago by Bhavesh Bajaj, Mumbai

    I have not yet own the bike but i am looking forward for it, as its description states for touring, so definitely it is gonna be comfortable and joy ride, and japanese technology is a bit on higher side, but in long term it is value for money, i am known to japanese eng

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