New Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Kawasaki’s mini adventure-tourer

New Kawasaki Versys-X 300

KAWASAKI revealed this new addition to the Versys family, with a 296cc parallel-twin engine.

Called the Versy-X 300, it’s tuned for low-and-mid-range power according to Kawasaki and comes with an assist and slipper clutch making the lever easier to pull.

An all-new steel ‘backbone’ frame uses the engine as a stressed member and it comes with a long-travel 41mm fork and gas-charged shock.

Kawasaki says the shock’s ‘housed in a reinforced framework anticipating the unpaved roads capabilities of the Versys-X 300’.

It offers comfort, with an upright riding position and large windscreen, and promises long-distance potential like bigger models in the range, the firm says.

Wide bars promise maneuverability and it comes with a gear indicator, while the digital dash includes remaining fuel range and fuel consumption meters.

The tank is 17 lites and the seat height is ‘low’ according to Kawasaki – although full specifications have not yet been released.

Accessories include an optional higher seat, luggage and ‘touring options’.

Two pre-accessorised editions are also to be offered: the Versys-X 300 Urban and the Versys-X 300 Adventure.

The Urban will come with tank pad, hand-guards, centre-stand and a 30-litre top case. The Adventure will have a tank pad, engine guard, centre-stand and two 17-litre panniers.  

The 2017 model was revealed at the Eicma motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, with price to be confirmed.