2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
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Kawasaki the iconic Japanese 2 wheeler manufacturer brand recently launched the 2013 Ninja 300 in the Indian market in collaboration with another legendary two wheeler manufacturer brand of India Bajaj Auto. The new Ninja 300 will replace the existing 250 cc Ninja in the Indian market. Kawasaki promised that the new Ninja is more sportier, more aggressive and more fun to ride than the 250 cc Ninja. The new motorcycle is more aerodynamic in shape, lightweight and looks more aggressive.

Coming to the The new Kawasaki Ninja 300 is powered by a four-stroke, parallel-twin and liquid-cooled, 296cc engine, this fuel-injected engine generates maximum power of 38.5bhp at 11000rpm, with peak torque 2.8kgm and delivered at 10000rpm. The engine also has many advanced technological features which makes this new motorcycle both track and road friendly. Let’s find out some more details about this motorcycle.

Quick Specs
Year: 2013
Make: Kawasaki
Model: Kawasaki Ninja
Engine: four-stroke, parallel-twin and liquid-cooled
Transmission: 6 speed
Horsepower @ RPM: 38 @ 11000
Torque @ RPM: 21 @ 10000
Displacement: 296 cc
Top Speed: 104 mph
Price: INR 350000
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Design

The new Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been remodeled to keep it up to date with the modern Sportsbike, the front has received a major cosmetic change, the front now has a duel headlamps which looks amazing and stylish and have been inspired from the bigger ZX -10R. The windscreen at the front allows air to flow smoothly and thus the rider receives minimum resistance at high speeds. The instrument panel also looks futuristic and sporty, the instrument cluster houses the digital multifunction display with speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, and a digital clock beside the regular warning lamps. The fuel tank is pretty wide and looks muscular; The Ninja logo looks classy on the fuel tank. The split seats also provide enough comfort, but the pillion might complain about their seating position The footrest in the Ninja has an Aluminum finish to it, the massive engine and the wheels has been painted in black to add some boldness to the overall design of the motorcycle. The front gets a tubeless 110/70 x 17inch tyre whereas the rear has a chunky 140/70 x 17inch tyre which completes the overall look of this one of a kind mean machine.

Another interesting feature that has been added in the motorcycle is the radiator fan cowl which reduces the heat and keeps it away from the rider. The quality of the plastic looks impressive and a pass switch has also been added to the new Ninja 300 which was missing previously. There is also some amount of storage space under the seats which really comes in handy. The chain guard provided at the rear also acts as protector of the monoshock. Overall the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 looks meaner, sportier and aggressive and will surely blow away anyone’s mind.

The overall dimension of the Kawasaki ninja 300 has been provided below:

OVERALL LENGTH 2015mm
OVERALL WIDTH 715mm
OVERALL HEIGHT 1110mm
WHEELBASE 1405mm

Engine and performance

The new Ninja 300 is powered by a four-stroke, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, 296cc engine. This fuel-injected engine generates maximum power of 38.5bhp at 11000rpm, with peak torque 2.8kgm and delivered at 10000rpm. The engine has been mated with a 6-speed gearbox, the clutch also feels light making the Ninja 300 a perfect sporty motorcycle. The first impression about the engine is that it is much more refined and smooth compared to the Ninja 250R. Kawasaki has made quite a lot of modification in their engine to make it more responsive take for example the new intake ports, valve diameters are now larger compared to its predecessors. The engine is smooth and vibration free even at high speeds and gives you the feeling of riding a Sportsbike, the new Ninja 300 can reach a top speed of 168 km. .

Ride and handling

The new Kawasaki Ninja 300 has a rigid, diamond type, steel frame which is lighter and has improved balance and thus has improved performance, the rear has been fitted with a linked 5-way preload adjustable monoshock, the ride is very smooth on the new Ninja 300 and comparatively better than that of the 250R. The riding position on the new Ninja 300R is quite sporty and the softer seats does not cause any problems for the rider even during long journeys, the handlebars has been raised for the comfort of the rider of the motorcycle. The motorcycle has been fitted with 290mm petal disc brakes at the front and 220mm petal discs at the rear, the brakes are quite efficient in bringing the motorcycle to a halt from high speeds safely.

The Ninja 300 uses IRC rubber for both its wheels which provides ample grip on any kind of tarmac. Overall the performance and ride quality of the Ninja 300R has improved a lot than its predecessor and riding this Sportsbike is more fun both in the highways and city traffic.

Pricing

The Kawasaki Ninja 300R has been priced at RS.Rs 3.5 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Competition

The new Kawasaki ninja 300R has no such competition in the Indian market currently but Bajaj is planning to launch their most popular motorcycle Pulsar in its new 300 CC avatar soon. The new motorcycle will also be powered by a 300CC engine, though the details of that motorcycle are still under wraps.

Conclusion

The new Ninja 300R will replace the 250CC Ninja that was available in the Indian market, the new motorcycle has more power and a stylish aerodynamic body which will surely attract the attention of many. The new technology that has been put in the engine makes this Ninja faster than its predecessor. The equipment level along with the quality of plastics and fit and finish of the motorcycle is impressive. The new motorcycle has a great handling and thus can be used for both daily use as well as weekend getaway.

Quotes

“The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is already available across Bajaj’s vast Probiking sales network (71 dealerships, growing to 80 in the near future) in a choice of Kawasaki green or then white, at Rs 3.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Ninja 300 is a premium motorcycle, that offers style, top class fit-finish and build quality and best-in-class performance in India. The Ninja 300 is premium priced for its class, but this twin makes a serious sportsbike that proves a class above the quarter litre pack if you can afford it”—Autocar India

“With its killer looks and top notch tech-specs, the Ninja 300 stamps its authority as the best entry-level sports bike in our country.”—Zigwheels India.

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    • Expensive
  • Engine
    four-stroke, parallel-twin and liquid-cooled
  • Horse Power
    38 @ 11000 HP
  • Top speed
    104 mph

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Bajaj Auto, today announced the launch of the highly anticipated, Kawasaki Ninja 300. This world renowned bike deftly combines ample power, serious torque, perfect ergonomics, nimble handling and supersport styling. In India it will be sold and serviced exclusively through Bajaj Auto’s Probiking stores, country’s largest retail chain for premium motorcycles. With a price tag of Rs. 3.50 lacs (ex-showroom Delhi); it is indeed exciting news for riding enthusiasts seeking a premium super sport motorcycle.
Apart from its inimitable Ninja road presence the new 300cc Ninja comes with 39 PS of power a host of featureswhich come from Kawasaki’s bigger supersport bikes like the ZX-10R, ZX-6R and one of the world’s fastest production motorcycle the Ninja ZX-14R. Some of these features like Assist & Slipper Clutch, aerodynamic body design are results of Kawasaki Racing Technology and shall not be found in any motorcycle in the class of the Ninja 300. The Ninja 300 replaces and improves upon the Kawasaki Ninja 250R which was widely regarded as the best quarter liter motorcycle by experts and enthusiasts.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto said “We conceived Bajaj Probiking 8years back with the objective of making it the automatic destination for bike enthusiasts looking for sportsbikes. In addition to the KTM range theKawasaki Ninja 300is a step further in realizing that objective”
Mr. Yuji Horiuchi, of India Kawasaki Motors added “The Kawasaki Ninja 250R has been a great success in India with more than 3000 bikes sold till date. With a product like Ninja 300 and Bajaj Probiking’s wide and exclusive network the Kawasaki brand will continue to grow in India”
The Ninja 300 will be available in trademark Kawasaki Lime Green and Pearl Stardust White colors across a network of more than 70 showrooms and backed with Bajaj Probiking’s exclusive service facilities and spares availability.

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