By Kawasaki's own admission, the 2017 Versys-X 300 isn't a serious off-roader. However, it should be able to handle a bit of the rough stuff and potholed tarmac shouldn't be a problem
Kawasaki already have the Ninja 300 in their line-up, so the next logical step had to be to put that 296cc parallel-twin into a dual-purpose 'adventure' type bike and that's exactly what they've done - lo and behold the 2017 Kawasaki Versyx-X 300, which was recently unveiled at the EICMA, in Milan. With an estimated 32-35bhp from its DOHC 8-valve liquid-cooled engine, the Versys-X 300 isn't exactly a high-performance motorcycle, but with its basic steel-tube chassis (which uses the engine as a stressed member), upright riding position, fairly substantial windshield and 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wire-spoked wheels, it should certainly be suitable for a bit of mild off-road use. Hard panniers, LED fog lamps, a DC outlet, hand guards and centre stand are available as optional accessories for those who're really serious about their riding adventures.
Notable bits on the new Versys-X 300 include a wide, comfortable saddle that's designed for two regular-sized persons, a multi-function LCD instrument panel, assist & slipper clutch, 41mm telescopic fork at the front, bottom-link Uni-Trak gas-charged monoshock at the back, 290mm (front) and 220mm (rear) brake discs and Bosch ABS. Fuel tank capacity is 17 litres, which should be adequate for extended romps into the unknown. Looks interesting. Hopefully we'll have more details about this machine, from Kawasaki, soon.