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BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys X 300 vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Comparison

BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys X 300 vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Comparison: Adventure motorcycles have become an increasingly popular option for touring and sport-touring. ADV bikes like we call it sports a number of features ideal for traveling huge distances on any terrain. Their increasingly reliable features such as – large wheels, long tour suspension, comfortable seating, and good fuel range make them one of the most dependable bikes the current market has to offer. The Indian market has its share of fantastic tourers. In this post, we compare three of the most talked about ADV’s-

  • BMW G 310 GS
  • Kawasaki Versys 300
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan

 

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BMW G 310 GS vs Kawasaki Versys X 300 vs Royal Enfield Himalayan Comparison

*Comparisons on the basis of their price and specifications.

 

 Bike  BMW G 310 GS Kawasaki Versys              X 300 Royal Enfield Himalayan
Price 3.49 lakhs 4.69 lakhs 1.80 lakhs
Engine Displacement (cc) 313 cc 296 cc 411 cc
Power Output 34 PS @ 9500 rpm 40 PS @ 11500 rpm 24.83 PS @ 6500 rpm
Torque Output 28 Nm @ 7500 rpm 25.7 Nm @ 10000 rpm 32 Nm @ 4250 rpm
No. Of Gears 6 Speed 6-Speed 5 Speed
Brakes Front Disc Disc Disc
Split Seat  No  No  Yes
Brakes Rear Disc Disc Disc
Braking (80-0 kmph) 33.47 mSec 42.07m Sec 36.14 mSec
Mileage (City) 37.39 kmpl 29.86 kmpl 29.48 kmpl
Mileage (Highway) 31.94 kmpl 27.57 kmpl 35.53 kmpl
Top Speed (Km/h) 140.41 kmph 132 kmph 118.75 kmph
Suspension-Front Upside Down Fork, Ø 41 mm ø41 mm telescopic fork Telescopic Forks
Suspension-Rear Solid Die-Cast Aluminum Swingarm, Directly Hinged Monoshock, Adjustable Preload Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock, and adjustable preload Monoshock with Linkage
Tyre Type Tubeless Tubeless Tube
Wheels Type Cast Aluminum Spoke Spoke
Length*Width*Height 2075*880*1230 2170*940*1390 2190*840*1360
Wheelbase(mm) 1420 mm 1450 mm 1465 mm
Ground Clearance (mm) 200mm 180 mm 220 mm
Seat Height 835 mm 815 mm 800 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 11 L 17 L 15 L
Kerb Weight 175.5 kg 184 kg 191 Kg
ABS Dual Channel Dual Channel Dual Channel

 

The Verdict:-

 

Why Himalayan?

 

Every entry-level adventure tourer is supposed to be comfortable well equipped and user-friendly.

Himalayan is the oldest of the three but is tempting at first glance. It’s the most basic out of the three but it has that ruggedness to it. The seat height is comfortable even for short riders. Himalayan has an accommodating neutral riding position which works well when you are hitting those trails. It comes with a large instrument cluster which strangely has a compass in it. The Himalayan has the biggest engine of the three but it is the least powerful also. It’s an air-cooled unit. But being a big single cylinder, the engine tends to have more torque. Himalayan

is not one of those fast bikes but the BS4 variant touches 100 kmph mark which is decent value considering long distance riding. Brakes are pretty dull on this bike, therefore, ABS is a good help.

 

Palm & Christmas Trees

 

Why Kawasaki Versys X 300?

 

Kawasaki Versys X 300 is a pretty looking bike. It’s also the most expensive of the three bikes. It has a digital-analog instrument cluster, accessories like extended windshield has only one pannier but all these add up to its price. The seat on this bike is a bit uncomfortable and can be punishing over long distance riding. Versys has good numbers in on paper but practically they show up somewhere around 11500 rpm which is a huge disappointment. Though it is smooth, refined and fast but its engine does lack the ability to excite. This bike sure does have soft suspensions that soak up the good number of jerks but again, the engine just isn’t able to deliver where it matters the most.

 

2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 review_003

 

Why BMW G310 GS?

 

BMW G 310 GS looks like a BMW from far away but lacks that BMW refinement. It uses the same engine as on the TVS RR 310. This is a good-looking bike and has a good quality finish. This is the only bike out of the three to have tubeless tyres. It also has an upside-down fork. This is the tallest of the three and has a parallel twin engine. It comes with a decent gearbox and has a good output. It goes pretty fast and doesn’t lack anywhere in speed. GS has fantastic brakes and has a good grip because of the tubeless tyres.

 

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