The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a 296 cc straight twin cylinder, fuel injected, dual overhead cams (DOHC) sportbike with a counterbalanced engine to keep things smooth. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 was reengineered from the original Ninja 250 and features different fairing and gas tank designs.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has a thin and agile profile and can be easily flung around and feels lighter than it actually is, the seat height of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is accomodating to a wide variety of riders giving it a low center of gravity for better handling both on road and on track. The new aerodynamic bodywork of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 improves air flow for rider comfort, and allows for a lower drag coefficient, while providing more effective cooling for both the rider and engine.
The Ninja 300 's top speed has been recorded at 170.6 km/h (106.0 mph) and acceleration at 5.6 to 6.41 seconds from 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph), and around 14.5 seconds 141.14 to 145.77 km/h (87.7 to 90.58 mph) in the quarter mile. Stopping distance from 97 to 0 km/h (60 to 0 mph) in the ABS model was 38.0 to 41.1 m (124.6 to 135 ft). Fuel economy was measured at around 70 mpg-US (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg-imp), while other sources reported it at 54.1 mpg-US (4.35 L/100 km; 65.0 mpg-imp), though regardless of the methodology, the 300 showed improved gas mileage over the Ninja 250R.
By comparison with the 250R, the Ninja 300 also features a slightly smaller 17-litre (3.7 imp gal; 4.5 US gal) fuel tank, taller gearing,and a back-torque-limiting slipper clutch with an assist feature that decreases clutch lever effort.
The fuel tank of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is also slender and provides a good range of movement and control over the bike when entering corners. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has comfortable and relaxed ergonomics, but still offers the ability to be ridden hard and be aggressive as well. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has a very smooth running engine and has loads of low end power and a smooth top end. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a bike that can be ridden for commutes to work as well as having fun on the weekends. The powerband of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is very tame and easily controlled, but can also be pushed for faster speeds while feeling confident in the corners. All together the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is an all around great bike and one that will have a loyal following for years to come.
Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Ninja 250
So how does the Ninja 300 compare to the earlier released Ninja 250 you may ask? Well the Ninja 300 offers 35 horsepower, thats up from the Ninja 250's rated 26 horsepower and includes a substantial increase in torque as well. The Ninja 300 and Ninja 250 both feel very similar in ergonomics, but Kawasaki has given the new Ninja 300 a nice boost in power to compete with the CBR 300 and the upcoming Yamaha R3 which is also a 300 cc bike soon to be released.
Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs CBR 300
No doubt Kawasaki has reengineered the Ninja 300 to compete with its main competitor the CBR 300. In comparisons between the old Ninja 250 and CBR 250 the difference between the two in absolute performance was so little it boiled down to rider preference. The new Ninja 300, however is set to be a CBR 250 killer with its stronger engine and more power down low, while retaining the same top end advantage. The Ninja 300 is a toatally diferent animal then the previous Ninja 250.
Riding Gear For the Kawasaki Ninja 500
More important than enjoying your new Ninja 300 is finding the right riding gear that fits you correctly. Not all helmets are created equal! Full face helmets offer the best protection and come in a variety of materials. Some are made of composites such as carbon fiber or kevlar, while others are made of fiberglass or ABS plastics, for an even more enjoyable time on your new Ninja 300 a lightweight composite helmet is recommended, it will reduce neck and shoulder fatigue and offer excellent protection and allow you to ride your Ninja 300 longer. Check out the video then click the link to take a look at how far helmet technology and design have come over the years.
Ride Your Ninja 300 with Safety - Get Protection
Since there will be alot of people choosing the Kawasaki Ninja 500 as their first bike, I'd really suggest getting good riding gear to protect yourself while riding your new Ninja 300. If I'd known the things I know now I would have saved alot of money when choosing the right gear. For jackets I'd strongly recommend getting something that you will wear everytime you go ride your Ninja 300. While leather offers the best protection, it cant protect you if you never wear it because its too hot. Jackets like mesh or textile designs are cooler by flowing more air and are also much lighter than leather. But if you are going to hit the track, its recommended to get dedicated leather protection gear, while using mesh or textile for street runs. Leather is heavy, hot and will cause fatigue and will reduce your chances of wearing it everytime you take your Ninja 300 out for a ride.
Protect Your Knees - Under Your Jeans
Nothing is more debilitating than a knee/leg injury, so protect yourself with knee protection while riding your Ninja 300 with knee pads. Knee protection can be worn under clothing and be undetected, if you choose the right kind. Well designed knee protectors should have a sleeve you slip your leg through, along with velcro straps in the right locations. There should be an additional velcro strap above the knee for velcro type knee pads. The next best type are sleeve types where you slip your leg into it. Thes two tpes of knee protection will stay put. DO NOT EVER get knee protectors that do not have a velcro strap above the knee or do not have a sleeve. Trust us on this, they will move and come loose upon impact. We dont know why some manufacturers even desing them like that.
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Performance Accessories
There are many ways to improve the performance of your Ninja 300. From exhaust for the Ninja 300, specially designed air filters that flow more air that utilize different filter designs from cotton gauze to foam and oiled paper. A fuel controller is also recommended to adjust fuel in accordance with higher intake airflow and higher exhaust velocities. But probably one of the best performance options for the Ninja 300 is to get better tires. Kawasaki has chosen time and time again to use the IRC Road Winners, these tires are ok for slow riding, but they have a tendency to just let loose all of a sudden with no warning when they reach their limits.
A good tire will slowly let you know your reaching it's limit by subtle sliding or skipping while breaking traction, but nope the IRC Road Winners (should be called 'Road Killers') give you no warning and just let go, with no time to react. Ive been a victim to these IRC Road Killers myself. I usually use IRC track tires or Pirellis on my old Ninja 250, when I sold my old Ninja 250 to trade it in on a new model, I had forgotten about the IRC Road Killers and was riding it like I was on my old track tires, not as bad as I thought I thought to myself. BUT THEN it happened, a turn I had taken literally close to a hundred times. I was totally under control not pushing the Ninja at all, then all of a sudden the front tire just lets loose. I mean, I have taken this sharp 90 degree hairpin soooo many times, it didn't even occur to me to slow down with the IRC Road Killers, and so I proceeded on , then slam the front tire just let loose and I had wrecked my 5 day old bike. Change the tires !