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Old 9th November 2016, 16:44   #1
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Default Kawasaki finally shows the Versys-X 300 at the 2016 EICMA

After a couple of years of rumours about the launch of the Kawasaki Versys in 250cc guise, at the EICMA Kawasaki has shown the Versys X 300. Interestingly Kawasaki has used the X which it did not in the Versys 650 or 1000.
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Will this be making its way to India? Now I am super confused as I wish to upgrade to a 300cc Motorcycle and have crazy options from the best-in-class feature rich KTM 390, BMW 310R/GS and now this!
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Looks business with those spoke wheels with 19 front and 17 inch rear combination. The design is minimal and no-nonsense for an ADV Tourer. I like its stance and the speculated specs looks adequate. A 300cc parallel twin mill with 38 BHP seems like a good deal coupled with ABS, Slipper Clutch and Kawasaki badge. If I am not wrong Kawasaki shares its engines among its stable mates. Like Ninja 650, Versys 650 and ERn650 use the same 650cc parallel twin engine. So this one might be using the same engine as Ninja 300 is my guess.

Only the finer details like ground clearance, engine and sump guards, fuel tank capacity, luggage mounting points, accessories, etc. needs to be seen.

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Am still sore that they are yet to announce their KLR 650 for India, probably that's one bike that will settle scores with all. Price it appropriately around 400 to 450K it should be a steal to own.

The 300 does look good with a rear sub frame, but a twin means it will be slightly hi revving in nature developing torque at slightly higher revs which might not be actually great for touring.
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This is surely a very interesting product and a lucrative one. Even my mouth is watering seeing this. But with the slipper clutch, Nissin brakes, ABS as standard and more than 350km of touring capability on full tank how competitively will it be priced here in India?

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/news/n...7-eicma-milan/
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Don't expect this bike here within the next two years. Their first market will be Indonesia and Thailand, next will be the US and Europe (to compete with the gs and Vstrom), and we will then follow much after (if at all). None of the smaller capacity adv bikes shown in eicma will make it here before 2019. Even the gs BMW will launch a good year after the naked.

Kawasaki will focus on the z900 and z650 and the ninja 650 launch for 2017. They will have absolutely no wherewithal to manage anything more. Definitely not a mass market bike like this.

All my thoughts uncorroborated.

EDIT: news filtering out that the baby gs will launch coming fiscal along with the naked, priced between 1.9 and 2.5 lakhs. Source overdrive. This is big news. Ktm caught out. Their small adv is nowhere to be seen.

I wonder if Zuki and kawasaki will slog it out in the premium mass market with BMW now.

BIG NEWS from OVERDRIVE ...

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=H4upzGrxucc

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This is a great upcoming and interesting touring bike segment in India with potential bikes like - RE Himalayan being the first of the lot to be launched, BMW 310, Kawasaki Versys 300, KTM Adventure 390.

Price factor would be an interesting game changer in this segment.

I have ridden a Himalayan on a Highway, city traffic and bad roads. I honestly was surprised to see the way bike handles. It is an unlike Royal Enfield bike for sure.
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Looks like its raining in the ADV (including entry-level) bike market, and hope India gets its line-up on time. For the X-300, the variants (Urban and Adventure) seem attractive.

Not sure of its off-roading abilities : http://www.cycleworld.com/2017-kawas...-season#page-2
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Make no mistake though, even though the small displacement motor puts out a decent 34 horsepower, this thing isn't really meant for adventure or long distance riding—unless you live somewhere where "long distance" doesn't mean "lots of fast freeways.
Similar views expressed on other sites; real-world experience would be the truth.

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a para got my attention: similar views expressed on other sites; real-world experience would be truth
That is for markets where 34bhp feels too less for highway use. Should do fine in India, as was the case with N300.
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Don't expect this bike here within the next two years. Their first market will be Indonesia and Thailand, next will be the US and Europe (to compete with the gs and Vstrom)
Why so? India is the largest motorised two-wheeler market in the world. Surely, the bike will sell more here than in Indonesia & Thailand?
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Why so? India is the largest motorised two-wheeler market in the world. Surely, the bike will sell more here than in Indonesia & Thailand?
Doesn't matter if we are the largest anything. Compare Honda and kawasaki's fleet in South East Asia and what we get here. You will have your answer. For some reason these guys think we aren't mature yet for many classes of bikes that are sold in these countries.

And God knows how eager the Indian team is to really grow their business by bringing in new products.

If they bring this bike here, it will be a game changer for sure.
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Why so? India is the largest motorised two-wheeler market in the world. Surely, the bike will sell more here than in Indonesia & Thailand?
Two reasons -

1. The price is still out of reach of most, hence the below point
2. Paltry 2 digit monthly sales figures for the Ninja 300

The numbers will improve only when IKM setup their own assembly line here in India and drop prices. From what I have heard that has been in the pipeline for years now.

If the market was really that strong here, we would have already seen the parallel twin 500cc trio (CB500, CB500R, CB500X) from Honda here, if not the 500 there is even a 400cc variant which too could have done well (relatively) in our market.
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If the sales figures are good - they could probably assemble or manufacture the bike here. Would definitely be advantageous. That itself could reduce the price by 20-30%.

The same I believe with the best selling superbikes - the Z800, Street Triple etc - they should look at a local assemblt or manufacture.
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The 300 does look good with a rear sub frame, but a twin means it will be slightly hi revving in nature developing torque at slightly higher revs which might not be actually great for touring.
On the contrary, a twin will develop torque lower down the RPM range as compared to an in-line 4 or a single cylinder engine. That is the reason so many touring bikes use a twin cylinder arrangement.
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