Kawasaki Ninja 300R Review YouMotorcycle

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Kawasaki Ninja 300R Review

The much anticipated 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300R comes with an all new 296cc parallel twin designed to outperform motorcycles such as the 2013 Honda CBR250R, or the older Ninja 250R it replaces. The new ergonomics, sporty look, and multi-functional LCD are extra perks for the veteran urban commuter or beginner motorcyclist alike.

The engine parts and basic configuration are almost the same as the Ninja 300R’s predecessor the Kawasaki Ninja 250. but the upgrades are unmistakable. The extra 47 cubic centimeters deliver more than a 40% increase in peak horsepower. Kawasaki also threw away the 250cc ’s carburetors and replaced them with electronic fuel injection and dual 32mm throttle bodies along with a new crankshaft and some modifications to its counterbalance.

The Kawasaki Ninja 300R’s seat height is half of an inch taller than the 250R ‘s with a seat height of 30.9 inches. It might be slightly taller, but the seat has been shaped to increase the rider’s pavement reach.

The power improvement of the 2013 Ninja 300 from its predecessor will be obvious the instant you get into first gear and pull away from a stand-still. You’ll notice its quick acceleration and muscular engine response. The former 250cc ’s bumpy throttle response and impotent feeling power delivery below 2,000 RPM is gone as well in the more virile larger fuel-injected motor.

The Ninja 300’s front brake performance has a surprisingly weaker bite and feel than the CBR250. It might need a bit of a bleed but its stock braking is less than convincing. Those who plan on owning the bike for the long term may be interested in upgrading to stainless steel break lines.

It was also determined by a community of Ninja 300 Riders that after a certain time on the bike (more than 1,000 miles / 1,600 km) a small gap forms between the fairings and the bike which still goes unresolved as of this writing. Although leveling was made to its steep angle for greater comfort, there has been a lot of discussion about its “flimsy feeling” but you’ll get used to it after a few hours of riding. Some riders may even prefer this quirk in a small bike.

Although considered as an entry-level Sport bike, the Kawasaki Ninja 300R offers much more than its predecessor. It turns the heads of experienced riders. Beginner motorcyclists will enjoy an engine with extra oompf that they won’t soon grow out of, along with aggressive styling and easy gear shifting.

We should also note that this “Chick Magnet” and it’s good looks and increased engine displacement costs $5,299 in Canada, or $4,799 in the United States for the standard model. The ABS model costs $5,799 in Canada, or $5,499 in the United States. It’s interesting to note that the difference in price point between ABS and non-ABS models is $500 in Canada, but the difference in price point is $700 in the United States.

Kawasaki seems to be pricing according to their particular markets.

Also noteworthy: The shortlived Kawasaki Ninja 400R is no longer available in Canada or the United States, having now been discontinued in favor of the Ninja 300R and Ninja 650R. Luckily for those comparing the Ninja 300R to the 400R. you can still read our 400R  review here .

New for 2013

Fuel injection

Slipper Clutch

Optional ABS

Revised Chassis 150% stronger than the 250R

Wide Color Variety

Wider Rear Tire for improved traction and riding confidence

10 spoke wheels front and rear

New dashboard

How fast is the Kawasaki Ninja 300R / ABS?

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Horsepower: 34.77 wheel horsepower

Torque: 17.45 wheel torque

Top Speed: 106 mph (170 km hr)

0 to 60 mph / 96.56 km hr: 6.41 seconds

1/4 Mile (402 m): 14.67 seconds

1/4 Mile (402 m) speed: 87.7 mph (141 km hr)

Braking Distance 60 mph (96.6 km hr) to 0: 124.6 ft (37.98 m)

Power to Weight Ratio: 1:11.07

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300R Specs / Specifications

Model: Ninja 250R – ABS optional

Engine Type: Four-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled Parallel twin

Valve Train: DOHC – 8v

Compression Ratio: 10.6:1

Displacement: 296cc

Horsepower: 34.77 wheel horsepower

Torque: 17.45 wheel torque

Bore x Stroke: 62.0 x 49.0mm

Fuel Injection: DFI® With Dual 32mm Throttle Bodies

Ignition TCBI: With Digital Advance

Transmission: Six Speed

Kawasaki Ninja 400R

Final Drive: Chain

Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gal. (17 litres)

Estimated Fuel Economy: 54 – 70 mpg wikipedia

Brakes (Front): 290mm Petal-Type disc, Nissin two-piston hydraulic caliper

Brakes (Rear): 220mm Petal-Type disc, Nissin two-piston hydraulic caliper

Suspension (Front): 37mm Kayaba Hydraulic Telescopic Fork

Suspension (Rear): Kayaba shock With 5-Way Adjustable Spring Preload

Wheelbase: 55.3 in.

Rake: 27 Degrees

Trail: 3.7 in.

Seat Height: 30.9 in.

Curb Weight: 379.3 pounds

Tires (Front): 110/70-17

Tires (Rear): 140/70-17

Colors: Lime Green/Ebony, Ebony, Pearl Stardust White

Warranty: 12 months / unlimited mi.

UPDATE: Manufacturer’s Recalls

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 – ABS/SE/etc.

Problem: Engine stalling on deceleration.

Solution:  Dealership replacement of the ECU (engine control unit).

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 – ABS/SE/etc.

Problem: Debris may have contaminated the ABS hydraulic unit during manufacturing.

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