The Kawasaki Versys® motorcycle family is designed for adventure-style touring. Introducing the new, nimble, easy to maneuver and low-investment, the 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS.
Versatile, capable and comfortable, the Versys-X 300 motorcycle is the new entry-level model in the award-winning lineup and Kawasaki is excited to encourage a new generation of motorcyclists set on making their own adventures. Designed to be the ideal travel partner, the Versys-X 300 is built for adventure. Having a compact and responsive, ninja-derived 296cc twin cylinder engine makes it one of a kind. Sporty and nimble handling comes thanks to a lightweight chassis and long-travel suspension. Whether commuting or long distance riding, the Versys-X 300 is your ticket to adventure.  MSRP: ABS: $5,699 / NON-ABS: $5,399

The “any roads” Versys X 300 combines big bike adventure styling with small machine running costs. Long travel suspension, wide reach bars and a low seat aid the manoeuvrability of the twin cylinder machine while genuine accessories meet adventure or city commuting needs.

At 296cc, the Versys-X 300 is the smallest-displacement model in the adventure-touring category. It offers the best comfort and convenience of any sub-300cc model, as you'd expect from a bike designed to be the ideal travel partner.

Not only is it light and nimble, but with the narrow chassis and low seat height, it's an ideal motorcycle for new riders-The Versys-X 300 offers easy access to motorcycle adventuring.

With a relaxed upright seating position, front fairing and windscreen, sporty and nimble handling, it's also an ideal motorcycle for a variety of riding conditions. From the rough paved roads, to the morning commute, the Versys-X 300 is an easy-to-ride motorcycle that makes adventure-style motorcycling more accessible than ever before.

A unique package, the adventure-style Versys-X 300 motorcycle offers convenience and comfort as the first touring capable machine in its displacement category. The Versys-X 300 is categorized as a "Multi Purpose Adventure Touring on Road" bike and is the entry model to the Versys family.

The all-new Versys®-X 300 is a lightweight, nimble, adventure-style motorcycle that ensures every road has the potential for excitement.


The Versys-X 300 uses the Ninja® 300 engine as a base, with intake and exhaust tuning tweaks that provide better low and mid-range power characteristics more suitable to an adventure bike while maintaining a smooth top-end for comfortable highway riding

Parallel Twin Engine

Strong low- to mid-range torque makes it easy to pull away from a stop.

Optimum airbox shape and intake duct enhance engine performance. The airbox is also slim and compact which contributes to a slimmer overall chassis width allowing riders to touch their feet to the ground more easily.

Light pistons help boost performance at all rpm.

A lower compression ratio helps reduce piston temperatures so that the Versys-X 300 runs on regular gasoline.

Oil jets spray the pistons, which have grooves to help direct the oil to the entire underside of each piston, to aid piston cooling.

Short piston pins help reduce reciprocating mass to maintain high-revving engine character.

Open-deck sleeveless aluminum die-cast cylinder with T-treatment(KP) plated cylinder bores is light and increases heat dissipation.

Crankcase design features a large-volume, finned oil pan that increases cooling performance.
Equipped with a spin-on oil filter for easy maintenance.

Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)(KP): DFI provides easy starting, smooth idling, increased performance and better fuel mileage.

Equipped with dual throttle valves(KP) for optimum performance and rideabilty. Sub-throttles, located before the main throttle valves in the throttle bore, are controlled by the ECU to precisely control airflow for natural, linear throttle response.

Tuned Exhaust System: Exhaust header tucks close to the engine and helps enhance low and mid-range power for adventure-style riding.

Large-diameter header pipes and center pipe help boost top-end power.

Complex cross-section muffler provides appropriate volume to meet sound regulations and allows good lean angle for cornering. The short, compact design also helps centralize mass.

Assist & Slipper Clutch(KP): Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of gear is selected, the

Slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up and stalling, and rear-wheel hop.


Six-Speed Transmission
Roller-type shift drum provides smooth actuation and great shift feel.
Short final gearing enhances low- to mid-range power feel and response.

Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS)(KP): A cover for the fan at the rear of the radiator directs hot air down to the ground below the engine to help keep it away from the rider and fuel tank for increased rider comfort, especially when idling at a stop.

Positive Neutral Finder(KP): Just lift the shift lever from first gear at a stop to easily select neutral.

An exclusive Kawasaki user-friendly feature.


Rigid Frame

Specifically designed for the Versys-X 300, the new frame provides increased capability to handle rough paved roads.

Simplified construction and strategically-placed thinner brackets and lightening holes contribute to a low overall weight.

Designed to provide ample front-end feel for rider reassurance.

Uses the rigidly-mounted engine as a stressed member for added stiffness and weight reduction.

The frame was kept slim beneath the seat to help reduce the rider's reach to touch the ground.


Long-Stroke Suspension

41mm front fork is 4mm larger than that on the Ninja 300 and has 10mm more travel for increased capability on rough paved roads.

Front fork conveys excellent feedback for a more reassuring ride.
17mm hollow front axle adds to front end rigidity and stability while reducing weight.

Bottom-link Uni-Trak® rear suspension is also tuned for rough paved roads and contributes to ride comfort.

Long swingarm contributes to handling and riding stability.


19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels with lightweight aluminum rims.

Multi-purpose tires add a strong adventure-style image.


Available ABS
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) helps assist braking under certain conditions.

New Bosch 9.1M control unit provides more precise electronic management and is more compact to save space and weight.

Revised ABS settings match the lighter chassis.


Adventure Styling
Rugged design features rally bike styling.

Imposing styling also gives the impression of a bike with much larger engine.

Upper cowl epitomizes aggressive Kawasaki style and is topped with a large windscreen to enhance riding comfort. Air ducts below the headlight helps reduce hot air build up inside the cowl in warm weather.

Side cowl has large opening for efficient heat dissipation from radiator.
Lower engine guard style cowls appear to cradle the engine and add to the adventure look.


Comfortable Cockpit
Upright riding position provides a comfortable perch both in the city and on the open road.

Wide handlebars and steering angle assist low-speed maneuvering.

Large-size seat is slim between the thighs to make it easier for riders to reach the ground while the rear of the seat has ample width for passenger comfort.

Large-diameter rear grab bar adds to passenger comfort.

Flat rear carrier is level with the seat for excellent cargo-carrying performance.

Rubber-cushioned footpegs reduce vibration for increased ride comfort. The cushions are removable for a more direct feel and increased boot traction.

Modern instrument panel with analog tachometer, and multi-function display that includes digital speedometer, gear position indicator, fuel range, current and average fuel consumption, Economical Riding Indicator(KP) and coolant temperature.

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