Kawasaki took the wraps off its new entry-level sportbike, the Ninja 300. This new motorcycle replaces the aging Ninja 250R and is designed for motorcyclists seeking fun and easy-to-ride transportation, at an affordable price ($4799).
As the nomenclature states the new machine is powered by a 296cc liquid-cooled Parallel Twin engine similar in design to the Ninja 250R, only with a longer stroke which equates to better acceleration. The engine is now fuel-injected and can run on regular 87 octane pump fuel. Fuel capacity is 4.5 gallons which gives the Ninja 300 a range in excess of 200 miles.
The chassis is also based off the 250R but features a stronger frame engineered for use with the more powerful engine. The rear wheel is wider and fitted with a larger 140/70-17 tire. Each wheel is has a single hydraulic disc brake with ABS avaliable on the up-spec LE model (MSRP $5299). The 300 also wears all-new bodywork, 10-spoke wheels and a digital instrument display.
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Specs and Price
Engine: Liquid-cooled 296cc Parallel-Twin, 8-valves
Bore and Stroke: 62.0 x 49.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate slipper clutch; Cable actuation Transmission: Six-speed
Front Suspension: 37mm non-adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Hydraulic shock with five-way preload adjustment; 5.2 in. travel
Front Brake: 290mm petal disc with two-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 220mm disc with single-piston caliper
Tires: 110/70-17, 140/70-17
Curb Weight: 379 lbs.
Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
Seat Height: 30.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallon
Colors: Ebony; Pearl Stardust White; Lime Green / Ebony with Special Edition Graphics
Warranty: 12-month, unlimted mileage