Kawasaki launched two motorcycles in India – KLX110, the naked bike and the Versys 650, the sports touring bike, which are priced at Rs. 2.65 lakh and Rs. 6.6 lakh respectively.
This naked bike is a new entry-level variant in Kawasaki lineup as well as in Indian two-wheeler portfolio. This bike is not a road legal in India, which means you’re not allowed to ride this bike on Indian streets, but you can use it on private property. As such, these off-road bikes never come with headlamps or turn indicators, which are mandatory for street motorcycles.
With long suspension travel, minimalistic bodywork, and its compact dimensions, the Kawasaki KLX110 looks like a miniature version of the KLX450 trail bike. It gets all the definitive styling cues of off-road bikes like a raised mudguard, narrow seat and fuel tank and a raised exhaust. The low seat height of 680mm should make it easy to use for children and short riders. The KLX110 rides on 12-inch front and 10-inch rear knobby off-road biased tires.
The Kawasaki KLX110 is powered by an 112cc carbureted single-cylinder engine, which churns out a teensy 7bhp and 8Nm of torque. However, considering that the bike weighs just 76 kilograms, we can safely expect it to be one hell of a pocket rocket.
This off-road bike is directly imported from Japan through CBU (completely built unit) route.
Kawasaki Versys 650
This super sport is positioned as a middleweight touring bike which would compete with the likes of the Benelli TNT 600GT and the Honda CBR650F. The small sibling of Kawasaki Versys 1000 features twin headlights and a long windshield which offers comfortable long distance riding. It gets a massive storage capacity of 21 liters, and the company says the performance of the bike has been optimized even for off-roads.
The Versys 650 has borrowed the body frame from the Ninja 650’s and the front wheel sports a 41mm adjustable Showa forks while the rear is offered with a preloaded adjustable offset mono-shock absorber. It packs a 649cc fuel injected parallel twin mill, generating 68bhp and 64Nm of torque paired with a six-speed transmission. ABS comes as a standard option with disc brakes on both the wheels.
The Versys 650 is locally assembled here from CKD kits imported from Thailand, allowing the manufacturer to offer an aggressive price tag. The masculine appeal of the bike along with its competitive price tag would win the likes of bike enthusiasts. The color option is limited only to black.