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



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 GSKawasaki Versys              X 300Royal Enfield Himalayan
Price3.49 lakhs4.69 lakhs1.80 lakhs
Engine Displacement (cc)313 cc296 cc411 cc
Power Output34 PS @ 9500 rpm40 PS @ 11500 rpm24.83 PS @ 6500 rpm
Torque Output28 Nm @ 7500 rpm25.7 Nm @ 10000 rpm32 Nm @ 4250 rpm
No. Of Gears6 Speed6-Speed5 Speed
Brakes FrontDiscDiscDisc
Split Seat No No Yes
Brakes RearDiscDiscDisc
Braking (80-0 kmph)33.47 mSec42.07m Sec36.14 mSec
Mileage (City)37.39 kmpl29.86 kmpl29.48 kmpl
Mileage (Highway)31.94 kmpl27.57 kmpl35.53 kmpl
Top Speed (Km/h)140.41 kmph132 kmph118.75 kmph
Suspension-FrontUpside Down Fork, Ø 41 mmø41 mm telescopic forkTelescopic Forks
Suspension-RearSolid Die-Cast Aluminum Swingarm, Directly Hinged Monoshock, Adjustable PreloadBottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock, and adjustable preloadMonoshock with Linkage
Tyre TypeTubelessTubelessTube
Wheels TypeCast AluminumSpokeSpoke
Wheelbase(mm)1420 mm1450 mm1465 mm
Ground Clearance (mm)200mm180 mm220 mm
Seat Height835 mm815 mm800 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres)11 L17 L15 L
Kerb Weight175.5 kg184 kg191 Kg
ABSDual ChannelDual ChannelDual 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.


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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.


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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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