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Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019]

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Key specs
  • Displacement296 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported25 kmpl
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight179 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 2,98,000

Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] is now discontinued in India.

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Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] Summary

Ninja 300 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity 296 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 25 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 179 kg

About Ninja 300 [2018-2019]

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.
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Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Powerful parallel-twin motor
    • Excellent to ride on a race track
    • Slipper clutch works efficiently
  • Could be Better

    • High on maintainance
    • Not pillion friendly
    • Low fuel economy

BikeWale's Take

The Ninja 300 is Kawasaki's smallest fully-faired offering belonging to the Ninja series. It packs a potant parallel-twin motor, striking looks and distinct exhaust note, all available at a premium price.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] Review

How is it as an entry-level supersport?

Introduction

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been around for five years and we have continued to like the little super-sport. We now have here the Ninja 300 addressing two of the most famous quibbles against it – ABS and the price.

Kawasaki finally got around to building the Ninja in the Pune factory with increased localisation, which meant they saved a lot on import duties bringing the sticker price of the motorcycle down. So much so that the motorcycle which used to cost almost Rs 4.5 lakhs on road in Mumbai has come down to Rs 3.7 lakhs inclusive of the ABS unit. Now, this puts an entirely new perspective to the way we see the Ninja 300 and we also keep an eye out on the build, because Make in India can turn out to be a double-edged sword.

 

 

Quality

However, Make in India seems to have worked quite well for Kawasaki. The quality of paint, the plastic of the panels, the fit and finish are all good which means we have no complaints. The fairing panels might feel just a little lighter but that doesn’t change anything. Mechanicals seem just as sturdy as before and we could not find any niggles. This is a brand new motorcycle, less than 1000kms run. So, If there are any niggles lurking underneath, we will have to wait for it to put a lot more mileage before they come out. 

Comfort

Supersport motorcycles and comfort aren’t really made for each other. But not on the Ninja 300. The riding posture is aggressive but just not enough to be hurting your wrists and back. The large seat allows you to move around a lot. You can go all the way back when crouching on the long straight, with your elbows tucked in or you can go all the way forward to brace the meaty tank when you grab on to the brake hard. Finding anchor around corners is intuitive. 

The suspension setup is rather plush, a little towards the softer side. It soaks up almost all of the road undulations, little cracks and sneaky potholes. What it cannot soak is largely muffled into a thud rather than a crack. But the Ninja doesn’t bounce around and that gives a confidence-inspiring comfortable supple ride.

It doesn’t heat up much even in heavy traffic and a couple of kilometres of open road is all it needs to cool down. The twin-cylinder motor is torquey and allows you to potter around at low revs without having to shift all the time and that, along with the light clutch, makes it a breeze. 

 

Performance

The twin-pot 296cc mill that powers the Ninja 300 churns out 38.5bhp of power at 11000rpm and 27 Nm of torque at 10000rpm. It might not have the best numbers to boast in its segment, but it certainly can compete for the most refined motor. It comfortably potters around 3500-4000rpm in sixth gear and if you are lazing to downshift, it will slowly spool up after you open the throttle.

The twin-cylinder putter transforms into a muted scream as you go past 7000rpm and when you hit the power band, it becomes vocal, almost sounding like a big four-cylinder. A mild buzz is felt on the handlebars and the foot-pegs as it nears the red-line but that is not really a grouse. The rate of acceleration also matches the note and the motorcycle feels lively from 10000rpm and reacts to every little throttle input. It races to 60kmph from standstill in 3.21 seconds on its way to the 100kmph mark in 6.84 seconds. It has a top whack of over 160kmph and accelerates from 30 to 60kmph in third gear in 3.32 seconds, 40-80kmph in fourth in 5.23 seconds and 80-100kmph in fifth in 3.23 seconds. 

Shifts on the six-speed gearbox feel positive even when you don’t bother to pull the clutch for upshifts. And the slipper clutch comes handy when one is looking to cut down speed fast by downshifting and dumping the clutch while holding on to the brakes, not allowing the rear to bob around unnecessarily. 

Coming to the brakes, the front doesn’t bite hard but is quite progressive and does provide feedback. The 290mm disc in the front cuts down speed quick enough and with ABS now handy, one can grab the lever without thinking twice. 

Supersport purists might not like the way the front dives on the brake, but since it is predictable, it possible to get to working around it. The suspension does rock back and forth on and off the throttle, but that allows riders to play with the motorcycle better around a corner. The lack of outright stiffness allows the Ninja to soak mid-corner bumps well inspiring confidence, especially on unknown surfaces. 

The steering is quick and the Ninja changes directions like the famed Japanese warrior. The slightly wider handlebars allow the rider to weigh as well as hang on to them while leaning into corners. The front goes a little light on full gas, just like all superbikes!

Technology

The 2018 Ninja 300 had the slipper clutch and the addition of ABS really completes the Ninja 300 as a product. The digital-analog instrument cluster reads well both during the day and the night and a gear-indicator would certainly have been welcome. Also, the Ninja 300 now runs MRFs, Zapper FY in the front and the Zapper S in the back. The tyres grip well and are confidence inspiring on the part-broken Indian roads. And yes, the Eco light is certainly heartening with the petrol prices hitting the roof. 

 

Fuel Efficency

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS returned a fuel economy of 29.87kmpl and with a 17-litre tank, you can easily look at a range of 450kms if you are primarily cruising. And that is quite a bit of range for a supersport!

Fitness of Purpose

The Ninja 300 is a pure-bred supersport and takes on corners like it is a piece of cake. It has got the right amount of ammunition as well as the precision to blast through all kinds of challenges the road might have in store. Also, the icing on the cake is the comfort that it offers along with the supple ride and apt ergonomics which make it one of the best packages in the entry-level supersport segment.

Our Take

 As we have said before, with the new price tag, the Ninja 300 has become a very lucrative option. While it is still more expensive than the KTM RC 390, it is much more refined, much more comfortable and also sounds better thanks to the two cylinders. It is heavier and not as fast, but is much more liveable. Well, so is the new Yamaha R3 and the Benelli 302 R, but the Ninja slays them with its new price tag.

The new livery has the Ninja splashed on to the fairings makes it look like a big bike. This, in addition to the attractive price tag, build and agility, probably makes it the best entry-level supersport!

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Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] mileage

As reported by Ninja 300 [2018-2019] owners, the real mileage of Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] is 25 kmpl. As per ARAI, the average of Ninja 300 [2018-2019] is 25 kmpl.

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Ninja 300 [2018-2019]

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 38.4 bhp @ 11,000 rpm

    Max Torque 27 Nm @ 10,000 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 296 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 62 mm

    Stroke 49 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 10.6:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch mecha

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 4.5 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 425 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 25 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 25 kmpl

    Top Speed 160 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Single Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 290 mm

    Front Tyre Size 110/70R17 M/C 54H

    Rear Tyre Size 140/70R17 M/C 66H

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type 2-Piston Caliper

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension 37 mm Telescopic Fork / 120 mm

    Rear Suspension Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 179 kg

    Overall Length 2,015 mm

    Overall Width 715 mm

    Wheelbase 1,405 mm

    Ground Clearance 135 mm

    Seat Height 785 mm

    Overall Height 1,110 mm

    Chassis Type Tube diamond, steel

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation No

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Analogue

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

BatteryMaintenance Free

Headlight TypeBulb and Reflector Type

Headlight Bulb Type55/60W halogen

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

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Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] User Reviews

4.7 (222 ratings) 77 reviews
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  •  5Gorgeous bike for this price 4 months ago by Ramanand, Hyderabad

    Buying and riding experience was beautiful.Its my first bike,loved it. It gives mileage upto 28 in city [60 -90kmph] and 22-25[100kmph+] on highways. Its been a year now,beautiful performance and design.For almost 1000 kms ,the service cost is 4k to 5k,depends on way u

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

  •  5Awesome bike 10 months ago by Mann, New Delhi

    Pros:-Awesome bike to ride.Handling, pick up all good...Looks...No one can't stop starring when you are on it....Tire grips good on road. You guys can commute daily on this speed machine. I also don't feel restless while riding this bike.Cons:-One main issue with kawasa

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

  •  5Kawasaki ninja 300 11 months ago by Saurabh Patil, Sangli

    One of the best in 300cc segment i have ever seen till now... Awesome and damn good mileage in 300cc segment . Comfortable to ride as a long route and it is cheaper than any other bike in kawasaki all other bikes as compared to other brand bikes kawasaki bikes are damn

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

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