Complete Guide Review
Manufacturer:Kawasaki. Make:Ninja 300. CC:296. Horse Power:38.45 HP. Top Speed:180 kmph. Price Delhi:INR: 3,50,000/-
Engine and Performance:
With the Ninja 300, Kawasaki has pretty much removed itself from the 250 cc battle. With just a 47 cc bump, Kawasaki has achieved a 19% power bump and a good 33% bump in the peak torque. To understand how amazing that is, lets put that in perspective, all this new power comes in with the increase of the stroke of the 250 engine by a mere 7.8 mm. Yes of-course there are other changes like the slightly widely tapered intake ports and the intake valve and many other minor changes. Another important change is that the cylinders are now 800 grams lighter.
Handling and Braking:
The Kawasaki Ninja has always been known for its sure shot, easy and nimble handling. When on road, to avoid that nasty pothole, you need only a twitch on the handlebars to change directions. Enter a corner too hot and corrections are ever so easy, go into a chicane and the quick change in directions are easier. Even a rookie rider is going to be confident on the Ninja 300 and it just reassures you every bit of the way. Ride it like its meant to be ridden and you will, for sure give some of the bigger bikes a run for their money. The best part is even at it’s limits, the Ninja 300 is composed and there is almost no drama. It feels more stable than its predecessor and that’s mostly thanks to the revised frame which according to Kawasaki is, wait for it, 150% times more rigid. The tyres held up pretty good and gave the Ninja 300 a more planted feel thanks to a 140 section rear. The suspension is on the stiffer side at both ends and although adjustable at the rear, even at the softest setting, be prepared for a beating if you find yourself on a bad patch of road. The best part though is that it compliments the stiff frame very well and together gives you that pin point accuracy.
Accessories and Key features:
The earlier Ninja made you feel like you were in the 1990’s with its instrument console. The Ninja 300 brings you to the present and you love it more every time you switch on the ignition and it does the self test. The white backlit speedometer LCD panel shows the odometer, trip, a clock, the earlier mentioned ‘Economical Riding Indicator’ and finally shows the fuel level. The best part of the console though is the big analogue tachometer that reminds you so very clearly that this motorcycle goes all the way till 13,000 RPM. Switch gear is pretty standard and of good quality. Head lights are 55W H7’s on both sides and are very very bright and the low beam remains on all the time (DRL’s) and yes the Ninja 300 gets the pass switch.
Value for Money:
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is priced at Rs. 3.5L ex-showroom, Delhi and that translates into an on-road price of 4L or more depending on which city you buy it from. Not exactly pocket friendly. And spares don’t come cheap either. Regular maintenance spares are decently priced, but anything other than that is going to make you wish you had an oil well back at home. The consolation though is that, what you get for this money is a motorcycle that will make sure you have that visor wide grin every time you are out on it. You really cannot put a price tag on that feeling, can you now?