Until a decade ago, an Indian customer who longed for a fast ride but couldn’t afford the high-end superbikes didn’t have many options. Then in 2009, Kawasaki marked its re-entry into the Indian market as a solo contender with the Ninja 250R. The quarter-litre Kwacker enjoyed a monopoly and a fair bit of success. But with the Honda CBR250R coming into picture, Kawasaki had to up the ante. And in came the new Ninja 300. The Ninja 300 climbed up the ladder (both in terms of positioning and price) and once again created a niche for itself.
On the surface, there aren’t many things to set the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 300 apart from the original one. It gets a KRT race livery, and that’s about it. But despite it being a five-year-old design, the Ninja 300 continues to sport one of the most desirable looks in the market space. It looks like a scaled-down version of the Ninja ZX-10R, thanks to the sharp fairing with air scoops, integrated indicators and the twin headlamp setup. It can even trick you into believing that it is a middleweight. That pillion grab rail however, is a major eyesore. Nevertheless, getting rid of it wouldn’t be a big task.