Kawasaki's new 2013 Ninja 300 is the replacement for the much loved 250R has sat proudly at the top of the entry level Sportbike sector for many years.
The 300 offers Supersport styling with real world comfort and is a bike that is ideally suited to either role of a weekend fun machine or for the grind of the daily commute.
What Does It Cost?
It will be available in the UK in two striking colour combinations, Ebony or Lime Green and you'll need around £5,000 to swing your leg over the tank of Kawasaki's stunning new 2013 'little' Ninja.
How Does It Handle?
It really exudes personality and its low price tag highlights just what fantastic value this Kawasaki's Sportbike really is. Its class leading performance is enhanced by its bottom-linked Uni-Trak gas-charged shock and 5-way adjustable preload rear suspension, petal disc brakes and petrol-sipping twin-cylinder engine.
At the core of the Ninja 300 is an engine that thrives on high-rpm excitement. The gutsy 296cc parallel twin is tuned for a frisky, yet smooth and predictable power delivery.
The beginner friendly low- and mid-range torque comes courtesy of its dual overhead camshafts and 2-into-1 exhaust system. A silky smooth six-speed transmission lets riders exploit the 300's power-band without fanfare from a low-end grunt to a crowd pleasing and lively top-end rush. Last, but not least and what makes this diminutive Ninja so appealing is its excellent fuel economy.
Stopping power is provided by a large-diameter, 290mm front petal disc and a balanced action two-piston calliper. The rear 220mm petal disc is gripped by another two-piston calliper. The system works very well indeed providing excellent feel, pulling the Ninja up nice and squarely.
From its headlights to its rear number plate the Kawasaki's sleek aerodynamically- efficient shape will play its part in minimising air turbulence, its low screen and sinuous curves designed to carve a slippery path through the atmosphere. A natural riding position and comfortable ergonomics combine with lightweight handling, easy controllability and great throttle response for pure pleasure.