EICMA 2016: New Kawasaki Versys-X 300 unveiled; to be launched in 2017

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With the start of the 2016 EICMA Show in Milan, the automotive world is exploding with a number of new motorcycles from numerous manufacturers. While my colleague writes about the new 2017 KTM Duke 390, let me give you the dope on Kawasaki’s smallest sibling of the Versys range yet, the Versys-X 300.

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From the house of Akashi rises the all new entry level adventure tourer which will be launched next year. Powering the model is a 296cc water cooled twin cylinder engine that meets Euro 4 emission norms. Engine specifications remain scarce although the Japanese bike maker tells us that the motor will be tuned for a low and mid-range power output.

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Based on a steel backbone frame, the Versys-X 300 will feature a 41mm telescopic fork suspension upfront and a bottom link Uni-trak gas charged shock at the rear. A few features on the model include ABS, slipper clutch and an ECO mode that will help the rider save fuel.

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Visually, the Versys-X 300 is equipped with a windshield, wide handlebar an instrument cluster with an analogue tachometer and a digital speedometer.  The digital cluster displays the gear indicator, dual trip meter, fuel meter and average fuel consumption. A tank full of gas is said to be good enough for a range of 400 kms according to the brand.

The Versys-X 300 can also be had in two more variants, the details of which are as follows:

  • Versys-X 300 Urban: The model in question comes with a center stand,hand guards, tank pad and a 30 litre top case.
  • Versys-X 300 Adventure: This model is equipped with a tank pad, tubular engine guard, a centre stand and two side panniers, each with a capacity of 17 litres.

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 Tech Specs

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin engine
Displacement296 cc
Compression Ratio10.6:1 Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Bore x Stroke62 x 49 mm Displacement 296cc
Fuel SystemFuel injection: Ø 32 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves
Horsepower39 hp @ 11,000 rpm
Maximum Torque27 Nm @ 10,000 rpm
Transmission6 speed
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual
LubricationForced lubrication, wet sump
Starting SystemElectric
Final DriveSealed chain
Front BrakesSingle 290 mm disc. Single balanced actuation dual piston caliper
Rear BrakesSingle 220 mm disc. Dual piston caliper
Front Suspension41 mm telescopic fork
Rear SuspensionBottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock and adjustable preload
Frame typeBackbone, high-tensile steel
Front Tire100/90-19M/C 57S
Rear Tire130/80-17M/C 65S
Fuel capacity17 litres
Wet WeightStandard 370 lbs (168 kg) / ABS: 375 lbs (170 kg)

Following is an image gallery of the all new Kawasaki Versys-X300:

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