Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by shyam334, Nov 8, 2016.

  1. shyam334

    shyam334 n00b

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    The Kawasaki's new lightweight contender.
    Details are a bit light still.

    From what we know :
    300cc twin, from Ninja 300 presumably (possibly 250cc variant for some markets)
    19" 100/90 at front, spoke wheels
    17" 130/80 at rear, spoke wheels
    All new frame.
    41 mm telescopic forks in the front
    Uni-Trak gas charged shock at the rear
    17L tank (~400km range claimed)
    Comes with IRC Trail Winner GP-210 tires.

    Variants : Urban-X, Adventure-X

    Official page
    More pictures

    Coverage at
    MCN
    AutoStation (google translated)

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  2. jmarleau

    jmarleau Been here awhile

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    I like it. Looks great.
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  3. cyclopathic

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    Makes alot more sense than 250 V-Strom. Could be on my shopping list they bring it to states.

    I used ex250 as a commuter many years ago, was really nice once you sort out suspension. Really loved 330mi tank range and light weight in traffic.
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    Wreckster Been here awhile

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    Perfect commuter bike? Dare say, perfect light tourer as well. I'll be watching where this bike goes.
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  5. MBM

    MBM Been here awhile

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    After the disappointment with Honda's underpowered crf250l rally and yamaha's not ready Tenere 700, finally something I can look forward to! I just wished it would have 21/18 wheels but even with these 19/17 spoked ones I'm really thinking about buying one! Never expected kawasaki to come to the rescue.
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  6. SwitchThrottle

    SwitchThrottle Bring da amber lamps

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    Thumbs up on this concept. Still would like a bump in displacement though. I hope Kawi sells a bunch.
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  7. cyclopathic

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    Ninja 300 385lbs wet. Doesn't look like 300 Versys will be much more, and shouldn't cost much more either. Engine is compact so getting low seat and enough clearance shouldn't be a problem.
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  8. Kawidad

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    Hmm. Estimated weight (according to the MCN link) is 375 lbs. Interesting.

    If brought to the US market (a big IF) then the KLR could be finally given a run for their money. :lurk
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  9. cyclopathic

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    They will. 650 Versys is booming they even brought 1000. Plus engine is already certified in US.

    Agree looks like a good alternative to KLR, less weight, less torque, more power. (Well at least at higher elevations).

    PLUS: EFI, no carbs
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  10. John Ashman

    John Ashman Adventurer Wannabe

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    Excellent. Also bodes well for a Versys-X 650.
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  11. eakins

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    Oooooh now that is very interesting.
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  12. eakins

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  13. taranaki

    taranaki Gaucho Marx

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    All good things, but I think I see throttle cables. C'mon Kawazuki - is it that expensive to bake in TBW?
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  14. cyclopathic

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    It is a budget bike and will be cheaper than 650 Versys but more than Ninja 300R. As such they will use bin parts to the max.

    I would like to see proper forks and shock but hey Intiminators and GVE are relatively cheap. Not sure what shock options would be.

    Would take time for aftermarket to catch up but could be a great beginner ADV/female/cheap commuter.. perhaps more.
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    https://www.google.com/amp/m.carand...-1622959/amp?client=ms-android-hms-tmobile-us
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  16. mattebox

    mattebox Been here awhile

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    Wow! What a great looking little bike. I really like this little machine. Redline is quite high on that tach, but one website claimed Kawasaki did tune this for more low end torque. Fuel tank and range are great and are comparable to the CB500X (which is really good). Those 19/17 spoked wheels are also a good compromise. It's like a mini CB500X with Rally Raid L3 already applied! They even thought of luggage provisions. Woo-hoo! Hope it comes to the US.

    More pictures: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/2017-kawasaki-versys-x-300-preview.html
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  17. inroads

    inroads Wimberley,Texas

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    Anyone see when available ? Spring 2017 ?
    Kawasaki is gonna sell a boatload of these.
    My guess on price: $6499.

    Already fired up the accessory department with:
    Centerstand
    Top box
    Windscreen
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  18. John Ashman

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    This might actually be the best announcement from the show. Not only for being a small twin ADV, but for creating the Versys-X ADV category. Unless Triumph drops a Tiger 530 on us, or KTM drops the 490 and 790 Adventures.
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  19. eakins

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    Judging by the reused parts and lower end suspension I suspect the price will be even lower. I do think these will sell well as it ticks alot of boxes.

    The Ninja 300 ABS is $5300 in the US and I don't see anything on this bike that jumps out as costing alot more to produce.

    If these sold for approx that much in the US there would be a ton of people buying, both noobs & those looking to move on from DR, KLRs & even WR/CRFs.

    This bike has commuter written all over it, but with the right tires, protection & suspension mods would make a great ADV touring bike.
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  20. eakins

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    It sure did come in from left field.

    So John is this FINALLY the bike for you?
    Sure looks The Ashman to me or are you going to tear yet another bike apart???
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