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Kawasaki baby adventurer available

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The adventure market is opening up to novice riders now that the learner-approved Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is available in the Australian market.

It will be available in candy lime green and metallic carbon grey or metallic graphite grey and flat ebony for $6399 (plus on-road costs).

The new breed of baby adventurers to hit the market also includes the BMW G 310 GS, 400cc Royal Enfield Himalayan, Honda 190cc Night Hawk and Suzuki “Baby-Strom” DL250.

To some extent, you could also throw in the Ducati 400 Scrambler and small-bore scramblers from companies such as Husqvarna and Benelli.

The Himalayan is available at $5990 plus on-road costs and while there is still no release date or price yet for the G 310 GS, the R version will cost just $5790 – $5865.

There is also no word from Honda about its baby adventurer, while Suzuki Australia says no to the baby-Strom.

The Versys-X 300 uses the 300cc liquid-cooled parallel twin out of the ever-popular Ninja 300 but has a new and more rugged chassis.

Its adventure credentials are also verified by a 19-inch front wheel, dual-purpose IRC Trail Winner rubber, tall screen, wire spoked wheels and longer travel suspension.Kawasaki Versys-X 300 available

Up front it’s got 41mm telescopic forks with a Uni-Trak gas-charged rear monoshock. Suspension travel figures are not supplied.

It’s no bush basher. After all, it has a small plastic bash plate. However, the 170kg bike should cope well with dirt and gravel roads.

Other features are ABS, an assist and slipper clutch, multi-function instruments with gear position indicator and a huge range of touring and accessories available.Kawasaki Versys-X 300 available

Kawasaki Versys-X 300 KLE300CHF


Type Displacement Bore and Stroke Compression ratio Valve system
Fuel system

Ignition Starting Lubrication

Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin 296 cm3
62.0 x 49.0 mm

DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel injection: ø 32 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves
Forced lubrication, wet sump


Final drive
Primary reduction ratio Gear ratios: 1st

2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Final reduction ratio Clutch

6-speed, return
3.087 (71/23)
2.714 (38/14)
1.789 (34/19)
1.409 (31/22)
1.160 (29/25)
1.000 (27/27)
0.857 (24/28)
3.286 (46/14)
Wet multi-disc, manual


Wheel travel: front

rear Tyre: front

rear Caster (rake)

Steering angle (left/right)

Backbone, high-tensile steel 130 mm
148 mm
100/90-19M/C 57S 130/80-17M/C 65S

24.3o 108 mm 40o / 40o


Front Rear

ø41 mm telescopic fork

Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock and adjustable preload


Front: Type Caliper

Rear: Type Caliper

Single ø290 mm petal disc
Single balanced actuation dual-piston

Single ø220 mm petal disc Dual-piston


Overall length Overall width Overall height Wheelbase Ground clearance Seat height

Curb mass Fuel capacity

2,170 mm 860 mm 1,390 mm 1,450 mm 180 mm 815 mm 175 kg

17 litres



Maximum power Maximum torque

29.3 kW {39 PS} / 11,500 rpm 26 N.m {2.7 kgf.m} / 10,000 rpm