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Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019]



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₹ 2,98,000
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Ninja 300 [2018-2019] key highlights

Engine Capacity296 cc
Mileage - ARAI
25 kmpl
Transmission6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight172 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity17 litres
Seat Height785 mm

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Summary

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.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] Review

  • 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] Expert Opinion

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 mileage

Kawasaki Ninja 300 mileage

The ARAI mileage of Kawasaki Ninja 300 [2018-2019] is 25 kmpl. The average of the Ninja 300 [2018-2019] is 25 kmpl, as per the owners of the bike.

Ninja 300 [2018-2019] mileage details

Ninja 300 [2018-2019] Specifications & Features

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      Specifications

      • Power & Performance

        • Displacement
          296 cc
        • Max Power
          38.4 bhp @ 11000 rpm
        • Max Torque
          27 Nm @ 10000 rpm
        • Mileage - ARAI
          25 kmpl
        • Mileage - Owner Reported
          25 kmpl
        • Riding Range
          425 Km
        • Top Speed
          160 Kmph
        • Riding Modes
          -
        • Transmission
          6 Speed Manual
        • Transmission Type
          Chain Drive
        • Gear Shifting Pattern
          -
        • Cylinders
          2
        • Bore
          62 mm
        • Stroke
          49 mm
        • Valves Per Cylinder
          4
        • Compression Ratio
          10.6:1
        • Ignition
          -
        • Spark Plugs
          1 Per Cylinder
        • Cooling System
          Liquid Cooled
        • Clutch
          -
        • Fuel Delivery System
          -
        • Fuel Tank Capacity
          17 litres
        • Reserve Fuel Capacity
          4.5 litres
        • Emission Standard
          BS4
        • Fuel Type
          Petrol
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      • Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

        • Front Suspension
          37 mm Telescopic Fork / 120 mm
        • Rear Suspension
          Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock
        • Braking System
          Single Channel ABS
        • Front Brake Type
          Disc
        • Front Brake Size
          290 mm
        • Rear Brake Type
          Disc
        • Rear Brake Size
          220 mm
        • Calliper Type
          2-Piston Caliper
        • Wheel Type
          Alloy
        • Front Wheel Size
          17 inch
        • Rear Wheel Size
          17 inch
        • Front Tyre Size
          110/70R17 M/C 54H
        • Rear Tyre Size
          140/70R17 M/C 66H
        • Tyre Type
          Tubeless
        • Radial Tyres
          Yes
        • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider)
          -
        • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider)
          -
        • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
          -
        • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
          -
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      • Dimensions & Chassis

        • Kerb Weight
          179 kg
        • Seat Height
          785 mm
        • Ground Clearance
          135 mm
        • Overall Length
          2015 mm
        • Overall Width
          715 mm
        • Overall Height
          1110 mm
        • Wheelbase
          1405 mm
        • Chassis Type
          Tube diamond, steel
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      • Manufacturer Warranty

        • Standard Warranty
          -
        • Standard Warranty
          -

      Features

        • Touch Screen Display
          -
        • Instrument Console
          -
        • Odometer
          Digital
        • Speedometer
          Digital
        • Fuel Guage
          Yes
        • Digital Fuel Guage
          Yes
        • Hazard Warning Indicator
          -
        • Average Speed Indicator
          -
        • OTA Updates
          -
        • Call/SMS Alerts
          -
        • Geo Fencing
          -
        • Distance to Empty Indicator
          -
        • Tachometer
          Analogue
        • Stand Alarm
          Yes
        • No. of Tripmeters
          2
        • Tripmeter Type
          Digital
        • Gear Indicator
          -
        • Low Fuel Indicator
          Yes
        • Low Oil Indicator
          Yes
        • Low Battery Indicator
          Yes
        • Clock
          Yes
        • Service Reminder Indicator
          -
        • Battery
          Maintenance Free
        • Front Storage Box
          No
        • Under Seat Storage
          No
        • Mobile App Connectivity
          No
        • DRLs (Daytime Running Lights)
          Yes
        • AHO (Automatic Headlight On)
          -
        • Shift Light
          Yes
        • Headlight Type
          -
        • Brake/Tail Light
          -
        • Turn Signal
          -
        • Pass Light
          Yes
        • GPS & Navigation
          No
        • USB Charging Port
          No
        • Riding Modes Switch
          -
        • Traction Control
          -
        • Cruise Control
          -
        • Hazard Warning Switch
          -
        • Start Type
          Electric Start
        • Killswitch
          Yes
        • Stepped Seat
          Yes
        • Pillion Backrest
          No
        • Pillion Grabrail
          Yes
        • Pillion Seat
          Yes
        • Pillion Footrest
          Yes
        • Front Suspension Preload Adjuster
          -
        • Rear Suspension Preload Adjuster
          -
        • Additional Features
          -
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      Kawasaki Ninja 300 User Reviews

      4.7/5

      (226 Ratings) 78 Reviews

      4

      Visual Appeal


      4

      Reliability


      4

      Performance


      4

      Service Experience


      3

      Maintenance cost

      4

      Extra Features

      Great choice

      1 year ago


      Sams

      Perfect commuter and bike to start racing. Easily reaches 160-170. Max up to 195.
      Worth every penny, it reliable commute with amazing ride quality and control. Standout looks like a predecessor for zx10r.
      Affordable service costs bit these are high-performance mean machines. So, you need to feed them the best.
      Pros: looks, low maintenance, great mileage.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      5

      Performance


      5

      Service Experience


      4

      Maintenance cost

      5

      Extra Features

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Occasional Commute

      Owned for

      > 1 yr

      Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

      Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

      Tips for other riders

      Service after 6 months or every 5000kms.

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      2


      0


      Gorgeous bike for this price

      3 years ago


      Ramanand

      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 maintain .So far only one con,little tough in city drive,mainly near speed breakers.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      4

      Reliability


      4

      Performance


      5

      Service Experience


      3

      Maintenance cost

      4

      Extra Features

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Everything

      Owned for

      > 1 yr

      Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

      Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

      Was this review helpful?

      3


      1


      Awesome bike

      3 years ago


      Mann

      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 kawasaki is it's service network...Company should work on decreasing its service cost & expand its service network all over India.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      5

      Performance


      4

      Service Experience


      4

      Maintenance cost

      5

      Extra Features

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Daily Commute

      Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

      Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

      Got mileage of

      20 kmpl

      Tips for other riders

      Take care of its drive chain... Lubricate it 2 times if you ride this beast whole month.

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      0


      1

      Kawasaki ninja 300

      3 years ago


      Saurabh Patil

      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 awesome performance it can carry easily 2 people. But fuel efficiency is not good.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      5

      Performance


      5

      Service Experience


      3

      Maintenance cost

      4

      Extra Features

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Everything

      Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

      Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

      Got mileage of

      25 kmpl

      Tips for other riders

      Yes change oil in 3000km.

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      3


      1

      The real super bike!! -ninja 300

      3 years ago


      Amitseelam

      The bike was launched a long time before ,but i must say ,that no one can mess with the daddy. This bike is old enough but still it wins the race with ktm rc390 and other bikes of the price almost same as its . And also ,the most important thing i love about his bike is its top speed . Other bikes may get ahead in start but then ninja 300 overtakes them by its high speed. The problem with this bike is only its weight ,if it is removed the bike will be perfect as hell. And also the seat height would be better if increased a little. Thank you.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      4

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      5

      Performance


      4

      Service Experience


      4

      Maintenance cost

      3

      Extra Features

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Occasional Commute

      Owned for

      Never owned

      Got mileage of

      40 kmpl

      Tips for other riders

      Just ride it as you want , it is designed to be rough.

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      1


      1

      The best in the class

      3 years ago


      Soinik Pandit

      This bike is awesome! bought it in jan'19. Have been using it for daily commute, and a few rides.Pros - great handling, great refinement, amazing fit n finish, super heat management, good comfort (pillion is way more comfortable than r3, or the ktm), linear power delivery, awesome abs response.Some cons - changed the stock tyres with pirelli diablo rosso ii (the stock didn't provide the confidence. Also there was a wobble issue that was gone after the tyre change), ground clearance is a bit less for standard Indian roads (have to be very careful in the humps), maintenance cost is similar to a big super sport (which i find is not worth) even though spares cost less now. (clutch wire was ~250/- and fitting chage was ~400/-)But even with those cons, everytime i take this machine on the road, its just bliss!

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      4

      Performance


      3

      Service Experience


      3

      Maintenance cost

      4

      Extra Features

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Everything

      Owned for

      > 1 yr

      Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

      Got mileage of

      23 kmpl

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      2


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