Kawasaki has launched the 2019 Versys 1000 in India with a sticker price of Rs 10.69 lakhs (ex-showroom). In and around that price, there are nine other motorcycles you can consider buying; here’s the list-
In Kawasaki’s showrooms itself, you will find the Ninja ZX-6R; the only fully-faired option in this list. The ZX-6R is purely bred for the track and hence offers an aggressive riding position. It is powered by a 636cc, inline-four cylinder engine that produces 126bhp and 70.8Nm. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R costs Rs 10.49 lakhs.
On the other end of the spectrum are streetfighters. And around the price of the 2019 Versys 1000 you can have three of these raw, fairing-less machines. There is the Triumph Street Triple RS which under its handsome bug-like styling hold a 765cc, inline-three engine that generates 121bhp and 77Nm. Now, that is 10bhp and 4Nm higher than the standard Street Triple. It also offers a host of electronic aids to compensate for its Rs 11.13 lakhs price tag.
The other one comes from Yamaha in the form of the MT-09 with an engine and headlamp setup more maniacal than its svelte bodywork. It uses a 847cc, inline-three motor that puts out 112bhp and 87.5Nm. Retailing at Rs 10.88 lakhs, the MT-09 is the only other big bike Yamaha sells apart from the YZF-R1. You can also opt for the Ducati Hypermotard 939 which retails at Rs 11.12 lakhs. The supermoto-styled bike gets sharp lines all over with its 937cc, L-twin motor complementing the character of the bike. This unit produces 109.8bhp and 97.9Nm of torque.
From Ducati’s stables also comes the Scrambler 1100. The modern-classic motorcycle styling is majorly inspired from its smaller-sibling, the Scrambler Icon. Nevertheless, the Scrambler 1100 is not only bigger in size but also in engine capacity.
The bike is powered by a 1079cc, L-twin that generates 83.2bhp and 88Nm. It is available in three variants; Standard, Sport and Special however around the price of the Versys 1000 you can consider the standard that retails at Rs 10.91 lakhs.
Fancy a cruiser? Harley-Davidson has your back with two motorcycles; the Forty Eight and 1200 Custom. The Forty Eight is a city cruiser. The handlebars require you to stretch out and the ‘peanut’ tank with a capacity of 8-litres has taken its name too seriously. It uses 1202cc, V-twin motor that puts out 60bhp and 96Nm. The Forty Eight is priced at Rs 11.04 lakhs. On the other hand, the 1200 Custom is purposeful on long highway hauls. It offers a laidback riding position and loads of chrome to complete the American-cruiser look. Powering the 1200 Custom is a 1202cc, V-twin that produces 67.7bhp and 96Nm. You can get your hands on the bike for Rs 10.75 lakhs.
In a similar body style, there is the Indian Scout Sixty. Sporting a design that adorns most of the company’s line-up, the cruiser gets a curvy tank and bulbous front and rear fenders. It is powered by a 999cc, V-twin motor that puts out 88.8Nm of torque. Indian Motorcycles has priced the Scout Sixty at Rs 10.99 lakhs.
Apart from the Street Triple RS, Triumph also offers the Bonneville Bobber in the price tag of the 2019 Kawasaki Versys 1000. Now, the Bonneville Bobber like its name borrows styling inspired from bobber motorcycles that were used in the 80s. It gets a single-seat and a faux hardtail look thanks to the underseat monoshock it uses. The Bobber is powered by a 1200cc, inline-three motor that puts out 76bhp and 106Nm. It is priced at Rs 10.38 lakhs
All price ex-showroom, India