Wednesday, September 05, 2012

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 livens up the entry-level sportsbike class


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The new Kawasaki Ninja 300 definitely looks good and should be the ideal sportsbike for beginners. We think it's certainly a bit more exciting than the Honda CBR250R...

Kawasaki have released official details and pics of the new, 2013-model Ninja 300, which gets a 296cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected 8-valve DOHC parallel-twin that produces 39 horsepower and 27Nm of torque. With (optional) ABS, the Ninja 300 weighs 174 kilos and comes with bits like a 6-speed gearbox, slipper clutch, an analogue-style tachometer and a multi-function LCD that features a fuel gauge, dual trip meters, clock and the now inevitable ‘economical riding indicator.’

With 17-litre fuel tank, steel tube chassis, 17-inch alloy wheels (shod with 110/70 and 140/70 tyres, front and rear), 37mm telescopic fork at front, Uni-Trak gas-charged preload-adjustable monoshock at the back and single 290mm brake disc with dual-piston calipers at the front, the new Ninja 300 looks quite interesting – it seems to have an edge over anything else that’s available in the entry-level sportsbike class, including Honda’s reasonably capable though not very exciting CBR250R.

The new Kawasaki Ninja 300 is destined for Europe and the US (where it'll be priced at $5,499), though it seems Kawasaki is likely to continue with the Ninja 250R in Asia. Having both the Ninja 250 and the Ninja 300 in their line-up seems to be a rather strange decision for Kawasaki and we suppose at some time in the near future, the 250 may be phased out.

There does seem to be some renewed interest in the entry-level sportsbike class. KTM already have the excellent 200 Duke which they sell in Asia, and the KTM-Bajaj combo is said to be developing a new 350/400 Duke, which is likely to be offered in Asia and Europe in 2013. If you’re just getting into motorcycling, you just might be spoilt for choice in the near future…




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