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Kawasaki Versys-X 300 launched

After almost a year of waiting, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is finally here in India. The motorcycle has been launched at at a price of Rs 4.60 lakh (ex-showroom) and will be assembled at their new Chakan plant.

The Versys is the smallest motorcycle in Kawasaki’s touring lineup and uses a 300cc parallel twin motor that makes roughly 40bhp and 25.7Nm of torque. The motor is derived from the one used in the Ninja 300 and gets a similar 6-speed gearbox to go with it. Being a small-size ADV, Kawasaki has given the Versys long travel suspension and spoke wheels, making it ready for some light off-roading. It also promises to be a friendly and comfortable machine to ride with its low seat, wide handlebars and windscreen.

All this sounds great, but what we aren’t very happy about is the price. At Rs 4.60 lakh, the Versys is a very pricey 300.This only gets aggravated by the fact that there isn’t enough kit on the motorcycle to justify this price tag – the suspension is right side up, the travel isn’t all that much and there aren’t any electronics to speak of other than the ABS. You do get accessory lights and panniers for that price (you cannot opt out of these, strangely). But even that doesn’t really justify the price tag.

Aside from all this, it isn’t a CBU either, considering the motorcycles are going to be assembled at Chakan. The saving grace for Kawasaki, though, is that they are the first people to move in on the entry level ADV market, which might give them an advantage at least till the other manufacturers get their act together. But with motorcycles like the Benelli TRK 502, the KTM 390 Adventure (God alone knows when it will come) and maybe the Suzuki V-Strom 250 it really is only a matter of time till Kawasaki feels the pinch.

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