Last month at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, Kawasaki unveiled the latest addition to its Versys adventure-street lineup, the new 2017 Versys-X 300, which is powered by the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 4-valve 296cc parallel twin from the Ninja 300. Kawasaki has just announced pricing and accessories for the Versys-X 300 and released new photos.
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When the Versys-X 300 was announced, details were limited. Team Green said it has the Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS), a 6-speed transmission with Positive Neutral Finder and an assist-and-slipper clutch, a high-tensile steel pipe backbone frame, a 41mm Showa fork with 4.7 inches of travel and a bottom-linkage, Uni-Trak rear shock with adjustable preload. It rolls on 19-inch front/17-inch rear spoked aluminum wheels (presumably with tube-type tires). Braking is handled by single 2-piston brake calipers front and rear, squeezing 290mm and 220mm petal discs, respectively, and it will be available with or without Bosch 9.1M ABS.
Kawasaki also says it has an upright seating position, a wide handlebar, a small fairing with a windcreen, a two-up seat with a luggage rack and a 4.5-gallon tank. But it has yet to reveal the Versys-X 300’s rear suspension travel, its rake, trail or wheelbase, its seat height or its curb weight.
We do know that it will be available in two colors (Candy Lime Green/Metallic Graphite Gray and Metallic Graphite Gray/Flat Ebony), pricing is $5,399 for the non-ABS version and $5,699 for the ABS version, and it should be in dealerships in spring 2017.
Kawasaki recently released new photos of the Versys-X 300 in Metallic Graphite Gray/Flat Ebony, as well as accessorized versions of the bike. Among the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories available for the Versys-X 300 are hand guards, a tall seat (though without knowing the standard seat height, this is an unknown), a centerstand, engine guards, panniers, 12V socket and auxiliary lights.
Skip the mini panniers on the Versys-X 300. Heated grips would be nice though.