Engine: Kawasaki Versys X 300 has a 296 cc parallel twin engine which can also be found on the Ninja 300. The engine features a liquid cooled parallel twin motor which features a 62 mm bore and 49 mm pistons. The motor is fuel injected through dual 32 mm throttle bodies having twin vales. The engine has Dual overhead cams with 4 Valves per cylinder. The piston makes a compression ratio of 10.6:1.
BMW G310 GS employs a 313 cc liquid cooled single cylinder engine. The engine is reverse inclined, just like in the case of Apache RR 310. The bike features a larger bore and stroke at 80 mm and 62.1 mm respectively. The motor is fuel injected via a BMS-E2 system. Surprisingly the compression ratio is literally identical to the Versys X at 10.6:1.
Power and torque: Kawasaki Versys X 300 produces 39.45 BHP @ 11,500 RPM and 25.70 Nm of torque @ 10,000 RPM. The power has a very linear climb on the dyno graph and the torque comes in at 4500 RPM. It is a high revving motor, made to be ridden in the high rev-range only.
BMW G310 GS makes 33.6 BHP @ 9500 RPM and 28 NM of torque @ 7500 RPM. A good amount of torque is available at 3200 RPM and from this point, the curve is almost flat. Power comes in a linear fashion and peaks at 10,500 RPM. It is an engine which enjoys the mid-range and gets a little bit vibration at higher RPM.
Chassis: Kawasaki Versys X 300 features a diamond frame, which mounts the engine as a stressed member without the use of rubber mounts. The suspension on the bike includes a 41 mm right side up long travel fork at the front and a similar long travel monoshock at the rear. Versys X comes to a stop using a 290 mm single disc with dual piston calipers up front and a 220 mm single disc with similar dual piston calipers at the rear. Both are controlled from locking up by an ABS system. The wheels used in this bike are spoked and the tyres paired with them are tube tyres.
BMW G310 GS features a trellis frame and uses long travel inverted cartridge suspension at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The bike features Dual-channel ABS as standard and it acts on a 300 mm disc up front, having a 4-piston caliper and a 240 mm disc at the rear having a single piston caliper. The G310 GS uses alloy wheels with tubeless tyres.
Dimensions: The Kawasaki Versys X 300 features an 815 mm seat height and a decent 180 mm of ground clearance. The wheelbase of the bike is at 1450 mm and the fuel tank is a massive 17 liter one. The Versys X 300 has a weight of 184 kg, which is passable for a bike in this range.
The BMW G310 GS features an 835 mm tall seat and a 1420 mm long wheelbase. The ground clearance is a massive 220 mm and the fuel tank is a small one at 11 liters. The weight of the bike is 175.5 kg, which is again kind of average in this class.
Electrical and features: Kawasaki Versys X 300 features a part analogue part digital console with a cell phone charger. The console displays all the usual information along with time, ABS status, low oil indication etc. The ABS on the bike is not switchable, which becomes a problem while traveling off-road.
BMW G310 GS has an all-digital console which is well protected by windscreen and all the plastic equipment. The console shows a healthy plethora of information from current gear, speed, RPM to a clock, low oil and low fuel indicator. The ABS is switchable on this bike via a single button, which is a good feature if you want to go off-road.
Verdict: Kawasaki Versys X 300 is a much more capable on-road bike than the BMW G310 GS because of its parallel twine engine which can rev easily on the highway and the dirt. However, less low-down torque becomes a problem when you have to steer from your rear wheel while traveling off-road. BMW achieves a good balance between off and on-road riding by having an engine which is grunty enough off-road and smooth enough for highways. Also with a price tag of Rs 4.60 lakh, Versys X 300 is way too expensive than the BMW G310 GS, which only costs around Rs 3.49 lakh ex-showroom.
By: Yetnesh Dubey