Kawasaki and Bajaj are all set to launch their exciting Ninja 300 sportsbike in a few days from now, on April 10, 2013. The latest Ninja for India will replace the outgoing 250cc model and also shows off revised styling. The 300 now comes with ZX-10R inspired dual headlamps, a floating visor, revised instruments, larger fairing vents and a radiator fan cowl to dissipate heat effectively and away from its rider.
Bajaj Pro-biking dealers are taking bookings for the much-awaited Kawasaki Ninja 300 in India. A dealer told us that they have started accepting bookings with a down-payment of Rs 40,000. Customers can expect delivery in 45-60 days. While the final prices will be revealed on April 10, the dealer says that on-road in Mumbai, the 300 will cost around Rs 4 lakh. The dealer also let us onto another juicy bit – the Ninja 300 will be available in its trademark lime green livery as well as a new white colour. Contrary to online reports, Bajaj have confirmed separately that the April 10 launch will be a Kawasaki only event. This makes complete sense to us because both the Ninja 300 and the 390 Duke are way too important to steal each others limelight.
The Ninja 300 is a comprehensively updated version of the previous Ninja 250R. As you can see, the styling is all new and that sharp fairing wraps around a nearly all-new motorcycle. The engine is a longer-stroke version of the Ninja 250R’s but it’s new. There are new pistons, lower compression - and therefore a new cylinder head. The motorcycle makes 39PS and 27Nm, about 20 per cent more than the 250R. It also gets new dual throttle-body fuel injection a la ZX-6R as well as a new steel tube frame that is more rigid and new suspension settings for better dynamics. The rear tyre is now a 140 and there is a slipper clutch as well as optional ABS on the spec list too. On April 10, we will find out if the ABS variant makes it to India or not.
LIVE: 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Launched in India @ INR 3.5 lakhs
The bookings for the Kawasaki Ninja 300 have been open since some days now and the booking amount for the bike is INR 40,000. It is being said that the deliveries of the bike would start within 3 weeks. In India, the bike has been launched in two colours- white and Ninja green.
The new Ninja 300 looks similar to the latest generation of the Ninja 250 and is definitely more stylish and modern than the earlier generation of Ninja 250 that is on sale in our country. The Ninja 300 has a more sculpted look and comes with a wider front fascia that sports a twin headlight setup instead of the old 250’s single headlamp unit. Other big change that is quick to catch attention is the part digital instrument panel instead of the old 250’s all analogue setup that missed out on a fuel gauge but came with a lot of memories of the 80s.
The new Kawasaki Ninja 300 has a definite power advantage over both the new and the earlier generation of the 250cc variant. The new Ninja 300 comes with a slipper clutch setup that makes the bike the first low capacity sportsbike in India to boast of such an arrangement. The new Kawasaki Ninja 300 has a maximum power output of 38.45 bhp @ 11,000 rpm and a peak torque figure of 27 Nm @ 10,000 rpm. The makers of the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 claim that the new bike has been endowed with enough low end torque for comfortable city riding.
Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R rode into the country in 2009, grabbing attention at Bajaj’s existing Probiking showrooms. The 250R has just been replaced by the Ninja 300, a new motorcycle to build which the Japanese marquee has pulled out all stops.
The Ninja 300 comes with refreshed styling, a larger capacity engine and better chassis. The Ninja 300 harks of its elder sibling, the ZX-10R when viewed head on, thanks to a set of similar dual headlamps and floating visor. There’s a smashing looking, easily viewed analogue tachometer, with digital display reading out speed, the odometer, dual trip meters, fuel indicator, clock and economy riding indicator.
The contemporary Ninja 300 has revised 17 inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and flush fitted front indicators. The 300’s tank is neatly sculpted, leading back into split seats and a sharply styled tail. The 300’s palm grips, control levers, mirrors and switchgear exude quality, and Kawasaki has provided a pass-light switch as earlier missed. The 300 deploys reworked fairing vents and a radiator fan cowl to push heat away from riders. Other improvements include a chain guard to protect the monoshock from grime. Underseat storage incorporates a set of compartments now, one for tools and another for documents. Overall fit-finish, attention to detail and build quality are top-notch, just as expected from the new Kawasaki.
The Ninja 300 houses a four-stroke, 296cc parallel-twin and liquid-cooled engine that breathes via fuel injection. Maximum power generated is 38.5bhp at 11000rpm, with peak torque of 2.8kgm made at 10000rpm. The new generation engine has been extensively revised, gaining lighter pistons with flattened crowns, shorter connecting rods, 600gm lighter sleeveless die-cast cylinders and longer stroke. The cylinder bore and stroke measure 62 x 49mm. Along with both intake ports, valve diameters have become larger. The 300’s engine is rubber mounted. Having ridden the Ninja 300, we can confirm this is a refined, vibe free engine with noticeable improvements to its mid-range and top-end power delivery. More mid range clout makes the 300 easier to ride in city, where you can trundle along at low speeds in a higher gear without much protest, while a really hefty top end ensures this is a much quicker bike when pushing harder on an open highway. The engine is willing, and loves being given the stick, screaming to its 13000rpm redline whenever you gas it really hard. The 6-speed, 1-down and 5-up shifted gearbox imparts smooth, well weighted shifts. The Ninja 300 clutch works with a pleasantly light feel at the lever. Gear ratios are perfectly spaced, closely packed and a slipper clutch system works to ensure you can bang down the gearbox with abandon when braking hard.
Our tests confirm the Ninja 300 is about half a second quicker than the 250R to 60kph, and over a full second faster to 100kph, which is impressive. Look out for more details, and fuel efficiency in our full test report coming up soon. Top speed is now a genuine 168kph in top gear as measured by us on our data logging equipment, and 150kph flat out in fifth gear.
The Ninja 300 weighs in at 172kg and is held together by a reworked rigid, diamond type, steel frame. The main tubes use high tensile steel sections for improved rigidity. 37mm telescopic forks are standard kit, with a linked 5-way preload adjustable monoshock at rear, now with softer spring rates. We found ride quality has become a touch more plush on the 300, relative to the 250R. The 300’s riding position still makes its rider lean into the handlebars as on a sportsbike, that pushes much rider weight forward, but there’s a slight improvement due to higher handlebars, making the 300 a tad more rider friendly. The seat is narrower, which makes the 300 more accommodating for shorter riders. The 300 uses IRC rubber that provided ample grip during our rigorous testing, and a broader tyre worked at rear to give us enhanced traction. The Ninja 300 comes equipped with a 290mm front disc brake and 220mm unit at rear, both combining to provide strong stopping power. ABS is missed.
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. Full story coming up soon in the May 2013 issue of Autocar India.
Ummmmm, Actually i forgot to ask about price . Bike is just awesome ,Fit and Finish is at its best. No panel gaps of rattling at all. Bike clocked 155 kmph in 5th gear very easily , and i think 179kmph should not be a problem in this bike . I will ask and update here soon.
1,083 units of 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 recalled due to ABS problem; Indian bikes unaffected
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been recalled due to a potential problem in the ABS system.
In a report submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the US, Kawasaki states -
During the manufacturing process of the ABS pump, dust particles may have contaminated the component creating a potential for interference with the motorcycle’s anti-lock function. Under certain braking conditions, the loss of the ABS function may be unexpected which may contribute to an increased risk of crash.
As many as 1,083 units of the bikes are covered under the recall. Kawasaki will specify the nature of repair to the American dealerships and notify the customers through email to bring their bikes into dealerships. The dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace the ABS pump if necessary.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 was launched in India in April with a price tag of Rs. 3.5 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). The motorcycles sold in India are unaffected by the recall since they are not equipped with ABS. Cost concerns have restrained Kawasaki from offering ABS in India.
The Ninja 300 is powered by a 296cc parallel twin liquid cooled engine which puts out 39 bhp and 27 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission via a slipper clutch.