The Ninja 300 is Kawasaki’s smallest faired offering in the iconic Ninja series. Introduced in October 2013, it has proved to be a worthy successor to the Ninja 250R.
The Ninja 300 sports an aggressive styling that takes cues from the higher-displacement Ninja models. The front cowl gets a different twin headlamp setup, inspired from the much bigger ZX-10R. It also gets an analog digital meter, fuel gauge and pass-light switch which was missing in the Ninja 250R.
The Ninja 300 delivers 39bhp and 27Nm of torque from its 296cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC parallel twin engine. The engine weight has been reduced using sleeveless cylinders, lighter pistons and a redesigned head, crankcase and oil pan. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox and is assisted by a slipper clutch. The Ninja 300 is available in four colour schemes, Candy Plasma Blue, Lime Green/Ebony, Moon Dust Grey and Lime Green. At Rs 2.98 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), it is the most affordable Kawasaki in India thanks to the heavy localisation. It thus sits in a sweet pricing spot between the locally manufactured single-cylinder fully-faired motorcycles like the KTM RC390 and TVS Apache RR310 and the likes of the twin-cylinder imports like the Yamaha YZF-R3. You can even have a BMW G310R streetbike at almost the same price as the Ninja 300 ABS.