New Kawasaki Bikes Launch On July 7. What Do You Think They Could Be?
- by Chinmay Chaudhary
- Jul 5, 2017
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We put our money on the Versys-X 300, Z250SL and the KLR 650
Kawasaki will be launching a number of new motorcycles on July 7, 2017. However, it haven’t yet been divulged how many motorcycles are being launched or what the specific models are. Kawasaki has already launched nearly half a dozen motorcycles this year, including the Ninja 650, Z650, Ninja 300, Z900, Z1000 and ZX10RR, and the company is now gunning for more bikes. The Ninja 300 and Z1000 were refreshed with minor updates while the other four were new products.
Below, we list down the three motorcycles that we think will make their way to the Indian market on July 7. Also read our review on Z900 here.
Versys-X 300 -
The Versys-X 300 stands a strong chance of being launched on July 7. Currently, Royal Enfield's Himalayan is the only affordable adventure tourer available in the country. The Versys-X 300 will be a good move by Kawasaki as it will be a completely new product offered to the people in that category, which also comes with the promise of Japanese reliability. It is powered by a 296cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine which produces 40PS @ 11,500rpm and a peak torque of 25.7Nm @ 10,000rpm, mated to a six-speed transmission. It also gets a slipper clutch. As the prime characteristics of an off-roader go, the Versys X-300 gets spoked 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. The long-travel front suspension includes 41mm telescopic front forks with 130mm of wheel travel and a gas-charged bottom-end Uni-Trak rear suspension with 148mm of travel. The bike gets a fuel tank capacity of 17 litres, weighs 175 kilos (kerb) and gets a ground clearance of 180mm.
The current Z250 is showing signs of ageing. The Z250SL is powered by a 249cc mill which develops 28PS @ 9,700rpm and a peak torque of 22.6Nm @ 8,200rpm, mated to a six speed gearbox. The bike gets a tube diamond-type frame made of high tensile strength. Suspension duties are handled by 37mm telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock-type Uni-Trak 5-way adjustable preload at the rear. It gets 290mm discs with dual-piston calliper at the front and 220mm discs with dual-piston calliper at the rear. It gets 11 litres of fuel tank, weighs 148kg and has a saddle height of 785mm, which is good for riders of average height. The bike will face competition from the KTM 250 Duke and FZ25.
KLR 650 -
The KLR 650 is a crazy motorcycle. It is powered by humongous single cylinder 651cc engine which produces 42PS @ 7000rpm and a peak torque of 47Nm @ 5000rpm, mated to a five speed gearbox. The bike gets semi-double cradle high tensile steel frame. Suspension duties are handled by 41mm telescopic forks with 200mm travel at the front and a monoshock unit with 5-way preload and stepless rebound damping with 185mm travel at the rear. Braking is done by 280mm petal-type disc with two-piston calliper at the front and a single 240mm petal-type disc with two-piston calliper at the rear. The bike gets 21 litres of fuel tank and weighs 195kg. The bike gets a very high saddle height of 889mm and ground clearance of 210mm. The high saddle height and high ground clearance points towards its hardcore off-road abilities.
Watch this space for the new Kawasaki bikes’ launch.