This is not just a makeover for the new exciting Kawasaki Ninja 300, but a total re-design from top to tyre. A longer stroke engine gives this Kawasaki model not only more power but increased torque that overshadows any other bike in its class and falls straight in line with the new European licensing laws.
The new frame and engine combination on the Ninja 300 has reduced vibration and improved heat dissipation hugely thus ensuring rider and pillion comfort whilst giving the quality ride of a much larger machine.
The styling of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is undeniably "Ninja", with aggressive looking headlamps and nose cowl and minimalist rear seat unit. The bike shares so many of its looks with the ZX10R, ZZR1400 and the latest Kawasaki ZX636. Extra "volume" has been designed into the bodywork to give this lightweight machine the presence of one much larger.
With a slipper clutch as standard and the very latest in ABS technology as a model option, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 brings safety and style into one extremely appealing package.
The big bike looks make this a really credible step into the Kawasaki brand. The handling and performance of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 will keep you interested for years to come.
Wider rear tyre
Wider 140mm rear tyre matches the increased engine performance, contributes to an enhanced supersport image and contributes to the Ninja 300’s increased straight-line stability. New tyre compound offers good grip in both dry and wet conditions.
Lightweight new pistons with flatter crowns reduce reciprocating weight. The pistons feature a hard alumite coating for high durability.
296 cm3 Liquid-cooled 4-stroke Parallel Twin
The Parallel Twin engine produces smooth, torquey power at low and medium rpm and powerful acceleration at high rpm. Thanks to a longer stroke, the Ninja 300's new engine now displaces 296 cm3. Correspondingly the engine delivers noticeably stronger torque and power at all rpm. New pistons, cylinder, cylinder head and exhaust contribute to the improved performance.
2-1 exhaust with short-style silencer
Longer, larger-diameter header and centre pipes contribute to stronger performance at all rpm. New short-style silencer with complex cross-section enables the requisite volume while ensuring an ample lean angle. Large silencer guard protects passengers from heat and also contributes to noise reduction.
Like the other Ninjas in the series, the new Ninja 300 features a “mass-forward, minimalist-tail” design concept. Aggressive new dual headlamps, windscreen, wheels and numerous other styling elements inspired by Ninja flagship models give it a serious supersport look.
Petal disc brakes
Large-diameter 290mm front petal disc brake operated by a 2-pistons caliper delivers powerful braking and a natural feel at the lever. 220mm rear petal disc and 2-pistons caliper give dependable stopping power. Petal discs like those on the larger-displacement Ninja supersport models offer excellent heat dissipation.
Uni track rear suspension
Kawasaki’s original linkage-equipped Uni-Trak rear suspension delivers a smooth ride and stable handling over a wide range of speeds and road conditions.
For additional rider reassurance, an ABS model is also available. Its high-spec system designed by Nissin specially for motorcycles, delivers precise control and is extremely compact. A size of only 40% of previous Nissin ABS system makes it the world's smallest ABS unit.
Rigid diamond frame
New diamond frame features redesigned main tubes, new high-tensile steel components, additional gusseting and rubber front engine mounts. Reduced vibration contributes to the Ninja 300's high-quality ride feel as well as increased rider comfort. Rigidity balance fine-tuned on the circuit ensures the high level of chassis stability necessary for sport riding.
Assist & Slipper Clutch
Based on feedback from racing activities, the Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam) to either drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart.
Under normal operation, the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever feel when operating the clutch.
When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.
Economical Riding Indicator
Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency.
However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider's control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an "ECO" mark appears on the instrument panel's LCD screen. By riding so that the "ECO" mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced.
While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the "ECO" mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.