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2017 Versys-X 300

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Any Road, Any Time + Capability on Unpaved Roads

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. Like you would expect from a bike designed to be the ideal travel partner, it offers the best comfort and convenience of any 300cc model. More manageable in both weight and power, and more readily available than many larger-displacement models, the Versys-X 300 offers easy access to motorcycle adventure. A wide range of accessories are available: all the equipment necessary for comfortable long-distance riding.
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Dual Throttle Valves

Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance. On most fuel injected models, throttle bodies have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased. Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of "following the rider's intention, while providing natural-feeling support." They are featured on many Kawasaki models.
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Kawasaki Technology

Sudden over-application of the brakes, or braking on low-grip surfaces (surfaces with a low coefficient of friction) such as wet asphalt or manhole covers may cause a motorcycle's wheel(s) to lock up and slip. ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) was developed to prevent such incidents. Kawasaki ABS systems are controlled by high precision and highly reliable programming formulated based on thorough testing of numerous riding situations. By ensuring stable braking performance, they offer rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment. And to meet the special requirements of certain riders, specialised ABS systems are also available. For example, KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) is a high-precision brake system designed specifically for supersport models, enabling sport riding to be enjoyed by a wider range of riders. And by linking the front and rear brakes, K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS provides the confidence to enjoy touring on heavyweight models. Kawasaki is continually working on the development of other advanced ABS systems.
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Economical Riding Indicator

Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider's control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel's LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced. While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.
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Powerful Parallel Twin Engine

Efficiently-tuned 296 cm³ Parallel Twin engine produces smooth, torquey power at low and medium rpm and powerful acceleration at high rpm. Smooth power delivery and strong low-end torque facilitate slow-speed manoeuvres, offering both a high level of control when making minute throttle adjustments and a gratifying rush of acceleration in the lower rpm ranges, while low vibrations care of a balancer, and ample top end offer comfortable highway cruising.

Rugged Backbone Frame

The all-new highly rigid backbone frame was designed to handle external shocks, contributing to the Versys-X’s unpaved-road capability. The sturdy frame is also able to support a passenger and optional luggage, making the Versys-X a very capable touring partner.
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Long Travel Suspension

Using long-travel suspension enables the Versys-X to deliver riding excitement across a wide range of riding situations. Not all streets in the real world are made of circuit-smooth pavement. Road imperfections (bumps, potholes) are far from rare, and many streets are not even paved. The long-travel suspension is designed to easily soak up road imperfections, even when travelling on unpaved roads. Excellent feedback from the front end contributes to rider confidence and a high level of riding excitement, while the linked rear suspension offers both riding stability and ride comfort.

19"/17" Spoke Wheels with Multi-Purpose Tyres

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.

Large-Volume Bodywork & Adventure-Style Design

The Versys-X’s large-volume bodywork and impressive adventure styling give it the imposing appearance of a much larger-displacement machine. In contrast to the street-focused Versys models, the rugged design of the Versys-X looks very much at home off the pavement.
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Fuel-Injected 296 cm3 Parallel-Twin Engine

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.
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ABS Standard

Dual petal disc brakes (290 mm petal discs at the front and 220 mm at the rear) provide sure stopping power. In addition to the very effective petal disc brakes, customers looking for added degree of reassuring braking performance will find standard ABS fitted front and rear. Compact new Bosch 10M ABS unit contributes to both weight and space savings.
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Large Windshield

The combination of a tall upper cowl design inspired by adventure models, and a large-size windshield provides superior wind protection, adding to long-distance riding comfort and contributing to adventure-style looks.
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Exhaust System

2-into-1 exhaust system, made of corrosion-resistant stainless steel, contributes to low- and mid-range performance and a smooth, step-free power curve. Exhaust header pipes ø31.8 mm diameter on the Versys-X 300 are optimised for low-mid range performance. With ground clearance on unpaved roads a design consideration, their elegantly curved shape keeps the headers close to the engine. Single honeycomb catalyser in the collector pipe contributes to clean emissions that clear Euro 4 standards. Short-style right-side silencer is positioned away from rider and passenger.
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6-Speed Transmission

Relatively short gearing offers a balance between fuel economy and low-mid-range power feeling and response. A long 6th gear contributes to the high-speed cruising range. Range (measured per WMTC Mode) on a single tank exceeds 400 km, allowing significant time between refuelling stops.
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Assist & Slipper Clutch

The light clutch lever pull and easy control afforded by the Assist & Slipper Clutch greatly contributes to comfortable, stress-free riding – especially when spending long stints in the saddle. When the engine is operating at normal rpm the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch.
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Wide Rear & Passenger Grips

Large, double seat is on par with the seat of the Versys 650, offering excellent comfort. Complementing the rider’s comfortable seat, a wide rear seating area and ergonomically sculpted grab bars deliver superior passenger comfort. The rear seat area is flat, and together with the rear carrier offers an excellent platform for securing luggage
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Slim Upright Riding Position

The Versys-X’s slim, upright riding position and a wide handlebar offer high controllability as well as the comfort for long-distance riding. A relatively low seat height and a seat design that is slim at the front make it easy for a wide range of riders to easily reach the ground with their feet.
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17L Fuel Tank

Slim design of the 17-litre fuel tank makes it easier for riders to reach the ground with their feet.
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Heat Management Technology

Large openings in the fairing promote airflow when riding to help dissipate engine heat. 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.
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Impressive Adventure Styling

Large-volume bodywork and imposing adventure styling give the impression that the Versys-X is a much larger-displacement machine. In contrast to the street-focused Versys models, the rugged design of the Versys-X looks very much at home off the pavement. The Versys-X’s long, tall upper cowl design was inspired by adventure models. A chin spoiler contributes to the sharp, aggressive Kawasaki image
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All-new Backbone

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. Rigid-mounted, the engine is used stressed member, contributing to both the frame’s high rigidity and light weight. Rear frame was designed to be slim beneath the rider’s seat, facilitating the rider’s reach to the ground while maintaining necessary rigidity.
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Stylish Multi-Function Instrumentation

Instrument panel layout features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator and multifunction LCD screen on the other gear position indicator – a first for a 300cc-class Kawasaki –increases shifting precision and confidence, while also contributing to a sporty image. In addition to the digital speedometer and gear position indicator, display functions include: odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining fuel range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, clock and the Economical Riding Indicator. The Economical Riding Indicator appears on the LCD screen to indicate favourable fuel consumption. Paying attention to conditions that result in the mark appearing can assist riders to maximise their fuel efficiency. This handy feature is active all the time, although to be effective, the rider must ride in a gentle manner.
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Sporty 19" Front and 17" Rear Wheels

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 wire spoked wheels feature aluminium rims to help minimise unsprung weight.
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Long-Travel Suspension

Using long-travel suspension enables the Versys-X to deliver riding excitement across a wide range of riding situations. Not all streets in the real world are made of circuit-smooth pavement. Road imperfections (bumps, potholes) are far from rare, and many streets are not even paved. The long-travel suspension is designed to easily soak up road imperfections, even when travelling on unpaved roads. Excellent feedback from the front end contributes to rider confidence and a high level of riding excitement, while the linked rear suspension offers both riding stability and ride comfort.
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Abundant Touring Accessories

Numerous accessories make it easy to increase the long-distance potential of the Versys-
X. A wide range of optional accessories are available should riders wish to enhance their ride.

  • Optional Rugged square-shaped 17 litres Panniers
  • Optional Givi 30 litres Top case
  • Optional Givi Colour Panel
  • Optional Back Rest to fit Givi Top Case
  • Optional Steel Pipe Engine Guards
  • Optional PIAA LED Auxiliary Lamps
  • Optional Hand Guards
  • Optional DC outlet
  • Optional Relay Kit
  • Optional Centrestand
  • Optional ERGO-FIT Extended Reach Seat + 25 mm
  • Optional Tank Pad
Engine:  
Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 296 cm³
Bore and Stroke 62.0 x 49.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.6:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: 32 mm x 2 with dual throttles
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Drivetrain:  
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 3.087 (71/23)
1st 2.714 (38/14)
2nd 1.789 (34/19)
3rd 1.409 (31/22)
4th 1.160 (29/25)
5th 1.000 (27/27)
6th 0.857 (24/28)
Final reduction ratio 3.286 (46/14)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame:  
Type Backbone, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel:
Front 130 mm
Rear 148 mm
Tyre:
Front 100/90-19M/C (57S)
Rear 130/80-17M/C (65S)
Caster (rake) 24.3°
Trail 108 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 40° / 40°
Suspension  
Front 41 mm telescopic fork
Rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock and adjustable preload
Brakes  
Front: Single 296 mm petal discs
Caliper Single balanced actuation dual-piston with ABS
Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc
Caliper Dual-piston with ABS
Dimensions  
Overall length 2,170 mm
Overall width 860 mm
Overall height 1,390 mm
Wheelbase 1,450 mm
Ground clearance 180 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Curb mass 175 kg Includes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Performance  
Max power 29.3 kW {39 PS} / 11,500 rpm
Maximum torque 26 N.m {2.7 kgf.m} / 10,000 rpm
Colour  
Candy Lime Green / Metallic Carbon Gray Metallic Graphite Gray / Flat Ebony
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