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2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300
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The 2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300: A Versatile Adventure Touring Motorcycle 


The 2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is the smallest displacement in Kawasaki’s Versys line of motorcycles. It’s built for riders who want a versatile and agile machine that can handle any road condition, from the city streets to off-road trails. With Kawasaki’s lightweight design, comfortable ergonomics, and advanced technology features, the Versys-X 300 is a great choice for both experienced and novice riders. The peppy liquid-cooled, 296cc engine smoothly delivers 39 horsepower and is responsive throughout the rev range.

The Versys-X 300 comes equipped with many of the technology features of other bikes in Kawsaki’s 2023 lineup that enhance its performance and safety. These features include an advanced digital instrument panel and ABS brakes (for an additional cost). The bike also has a tubular frame that provides excellent rigidity and stability, as well as a long-travel suspension system that absorbs bumps and vibrations for a smoother ride.

The Versys-X 300 also boasts a range of comfort and convenience features that make it a great choice for touring. The 300 has a comfortable and upright riding position that reduces fatigue and allows for better visibility, as well as a spacious and adjustable windscreen that provides protection from wind and weather. It also has ample storage space, with a large rear carrier that can accommodate a top case or other accessories.  All these features combine to make it a contender amongst the Japanese brands.

The 2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 starts at $5,899 USD/$7,149 CAD

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 in one place.

2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $5,899 USD/$7,149 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Front Cowling with tall windshield
    • Convenient rear carrier
    • Long-Travel suspension
    • Lightweight and spoked wheels

Main Specs

  • Engine: 296cc 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled
  • Power: 39 horsepower
  • Torque: 18.5 lb-ft
  • Weight: 381 lbs (172 kgs)
  • Seat Height: 32.1 inches (815 mm)

2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 Specifications

From Kawasaki


Engine 296cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC 8-valve parallel twin
Power 39 Hp
Bore x Stroke 62.0 x 49.0mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System Fuel injection: ø32 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves
Starter Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump


Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Transmission 6-speed, return shift
Final Drive Chain


Suspension Front ø41 mm telescopic fork / 130 mm (5.1 in)
Suspension Rear Bottom-Link Uni Trak, gas-charged shock with adjustable spring preload / 148 mm (5.8 in)
Brakes Front Single ø290 mm petal disc with balanced actuation dual-piston caliper
Brakes Rear
ø220 mm petal disc with dual-piston caliper
Tires Front 100/90-19M/C 57S
Tires Rear 130/80-17M/C 65S
Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres
Metallic Ocean Blue/Pearl Robotic White


Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length 85.4 in
Overall Width 33.9 in
Overall Height 54.7 in
Wheelbase 57.1 in
Ground Clearance 7.1 in
Seat Height 32.1 in
Curb Weight 175 kg (386 lb)


Warranty 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12/ 24 / 36 / 48 months

2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300

2023 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 Features

Assist & Slipper Clutch

Based on feedback from racing activities, the Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam) to either drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart.
Under normal operation, 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 feel when operating the clutch.
When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and helps prevent the rear tire from hopping and skidding. This race-style function is particularly useful when sport or track riding.

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 can be strong. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.

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 is improved and power is increased.

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 minimize negative impact on the environment.

ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)

Kawasaki ABS systems use front and rear wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed. Should information from either of the sensors indicate that wheel lock has occurred, the ABS ECU directs the pump in the ABS unit to modulate brake fluid pressure (releasing and reapplying pressure so that traction can be regained) until normal operation resumes. ABS offers rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.


Proper fit is key for rider comfort and control. However, the ideal fit varies from rider to rider, depending on their physical dimensions and riding style.

ERGO-FIT® is an interface system designed to allow riders to find their ideal riding position. Various points of the chassis interface (the handlebar, footpegs and seat, etc.) can be adjusted through a combination of interchangeable parts and parts with adjustable positions. This enables a wide range of riders to find a riding position that offers both comfort and control. Feeling at one with their machine, they will be able to experience how Kawasaki machines are fun and rewarding to ride.
*Adjustable parts and their range of adjustability vary by model.

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