The Versys-X 300 is an adventure-styled touring model that builds on the any-road any-time performance of Kawasaki’s Versys models by adding increased capability on unpaved roads. At 300cc, the Versys-X 300 is the smallest-displacement model in the touring category, and the only model of its kind.
Efficiently-tuned 296 cc Parallel Twin engine produces smooth, torquey power at low and medium rpm and powerful acceleration at high rpm. Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve Parallel Twin delivers smooth, responsive power at low and medium rpm and hard hitting power at high rpm. Already smoother than a single-cylinder, the engine features a balancer to help dampen engine vibrations, contributing to a very smooth ride feel as well as comfortable cruising. Lightweight pistons feature a hard alumite coating (on the piston crown and extending past the top land and top ring groove) for increased durability.
Conceived to enable comfortable long-distance riding, the Versys-X is able to accomodate a wide range of riders, and offers numerous accessories that enhance touring potential and comfort. Numerous accessories make it easy to increase the long-distance potential of the Versys-X. In the case of the Touring model, many of these accessories are fit standard. For the stripped-down City model, the same parts are available as accessories should riders want to enhance their ride.
Patented radiator fan cover located behind the radiator directs hot air down and away from the rider, significantly increasing comfort when stuck in heavy traffic. Redirecting the air also helps keep the tank, frame and other parts that contact the rider cooler, further increasing rider comfort.
Rugged, high rigidity frame was designed to handle external disturbances, contributing to the Versys-X’s unpaved-road capability. Frame’s simple construction includes lightening holes, helping to keep chassis weight to a minimum. Area around the rear shock mount is reinforced, ensuring a high capacity to handle unpaved road situations. Rear frame was designed to be slim beneath the rider’s seat, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground while maintaining necessary rigidity.
While the Versys-X was not designed for off-road use, 19” front and 17” rear spoke wheels give it greater capability on unpaved roads than its larger, street-focused brothers. Multi-purpose tubed tyres also contribute to capability on unpaved roads, while tyre tread pattern adds to the Versys-X’s adventurestyle image. While the Versys-X was not designed for off-road use, 19” front and 17” rear spoke wheels give it greater capability on unpaved roads than its larger, street-focused brothers. The wheels feature aluminium rims to help minimise unsprung weight.
Numerous accessories make it easy to increase the long-distance potential of the Versys-X. In the case of the Touring model, many of these accessories are fit standard. For the stripped-down City model, the same parts are available as accessories should riders want to enhance their ride. Rugged squareshaped
panniers (standard equipment on the Touring model) each have a 17 L capacity and 3 kg max allowance. The panniers bolt on and feature a topopening, waterproof design that adds to the adventure-style image while offering a high level of convenience. Steel pipe engine guards (standard equipment on the Touring model) help to protect the engine and side cowls in the event of a fall, while contributing to the rugged, adventurestyle image. A centre stand (standard equipment on the Touring model) facilitates maintenance chores and offers increased stability for parking when fully loaded with luggage.
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
DOHC, 8 valves
|Bore and stroke||
62.0 x 49.0 mm
Fuel injection: ø 32 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves
Wet multi-disc, manual
|Length x Width x Height||
2,170 x 860 x 1,390 mm.
|Fuel Tank Capacity||
Single ø290 mm petal disc, Single balanced actuation dual-piston
Single ø220 mm petal disc, Dual-piston
ø41 mm telescopic fork
Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock and adjustable preload