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KTM Duke 390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300 – Shootout

Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs KTM 390 – Click above for high picture gallery

Shootout – KTM 390 vs Kawasaki Ninja 300

Both the 390 and Ninja 300 offer borderline performance.

Orange vs Green. A which isn’t that because the only thing between both these is the showroom space which share. The KTM Duke 390 vs Kawasaki 300 might not look like a fight but believe you me, it is.

On one side you the Japanese samurai (the 300 evolves from the Ninja which has dominated the entry performance segment for 20-years on a On the other side we have a which is the result of an Indo-Austrian venture. The common connection KTM and Kawasaki is Bajaj Auto. this a sibling rivalry (in at least).

Globally the KTM Duke 390 and Ninja 300 fall in a similar range and battle it out with other but in India the price between both is quite a Price aside, which is the motorcycle? This is a shootout single vs twin, … vs Austria vs Japan and so on and so forth.

get rolling.

Styling — are subjective but most will that the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is the attractive vehicle. Both take heavy styling from their elder (the Ninja 300 from the ZX-10R and the Duke 390 from the 690, 990). The KTM Duke 390 end up looking a bit small considering a 375cc machine. Being to the Duke 200 in styling removes the wow although the colour scheme make it stand apart its younger sibling.

The KTM Duke 390 LEDs even for the indicators shows the attention to detail. the Duke 390 flexes all it’s with the … styling, the 300′s full faired makes it look bigger it actually is, with the motorcycle longer and wider than the 390, thereby appearing substantial. Everything from the headlights to the unique wheels the Kawasaki Ninja 300 the winner in the department and you simply can’t it on the roads, specially when painted in Kawasaki signature lime green.

While the KTM Duke 390 is very put together, the exposed wiring away full marks in the fit and section. Some parts from the Pulsar which not be appreciated by everyone. The Kawasaki 300 is almost faultless when it to built quality with fit and levels being truly top in every way.

There is no rail on the Ninja 300 but a recess is below the seat, a neat

Ergonomics — You sit upright on the 390 piloting a wide handle The bike is a comfortable tourer but the is hard and the mirrors are a bit small. The 300 has a dedicated steering with You sit lower and the foot pegs are set Even though the Ninja 300 has a aggressive riding position, the is extremely comfortable.

Both motorcycles are suitable for tall and riders alike but the Ninja 300 better overall ergonomics.

Cluster and Switch Gear While the KTM Duke 390 employs a digital console, the Kawasaki 300 uses an analogue tachometer almost everything else digital. The Ninja’s console is and is much easier to read at all The Duke displays an array of but the tachometer is too small and when you redline comes in early and the 390 quickly you realise you can’t see the tacho clearly when you this KTM the beans.

The Ninja 300′s console of bigger fonts and the big tachometer is in the line of vision, which it win in this department as well. gear on both bikes is but the Ninja edges ahead its piano black finishing on the The mirrors on the Ninja 300 are positioned outwards than the Duke 390 and better rear visibility.

bikes offer good in the night but the Ninja 300′s headlights are better as they up the entire road. The Ninja comes with a daytime light.

Performance — now the Ninja 300 seems to be justifying its but does it hold a candle to the 390 which not only produces power and torque (44 PS vs 39 PS and 35 Nm vs 27 Nm) but is lighter too (by 18 This results in the Duke 390 a higher power to weight of more than 300 PS per tonne vs 226 PS per on the Ninja 300. Well, we spill the beans just yet but both bikes have the tech in their engines these manufacturers.

Have a at the drag race below.

As you can see the 390 is faster than the Ninja 300 from the word go and is very off the line, only to be caught up 130 km/hr, where the Kawasaki in its own and pulls strongly to 160 km/hr. But this quarter mile doesn’t show you is how quickly the 300 pulls at high speeds. though the Duke 390 has higher it’s only a single unit which has its flaws.

The 300′s parallel twin plant is terrifically refined and are completely missing. The Duke 390 quite a bit when you thump the and while it isn’t unbearable, it can’t match the Ninja 300 it comes to refinement. Running a compression ratio than the 300, the Duke 390 tends to a bit when you use lower octane

Although the KTM Duke 390 has more we prefer the Kawasaki Ninja 300 in the even though it feels a bit to manoeuvre in traffic. We choose the for city duties because has done a fantastic job of directing heat from the rider. The air through the fairing dissipates away from the rider and the 300 doesn’t heat at all, no how many times you redline it.

The 390 heats a lot in city conditions and in stop go traffic can give legs a heat massage. The ground clearance (by 30 mm) on the Duke 390 is a and one needs to be careful in the Ninja 300 large speed-breakers.

So what is fun? Both these are fast, the Duke 390 boasts of 0-60 and 0-100 km/hr while the Ninja 300 has a higher top The Duke and the Ninja are both geared but the 390 has a narrow power to play with, hence faster in the city and the highway you need to change gears often, thereby requiring throttle inputs.

The KTM has a tendency to wheelie in first gear, is the amount of thrust it packs. The 300′s power is delivered in a fashion. The Kawasaki really alive after 6000 RPM and at a stratospheric 13,000 RPM. The in the Duke 390 starts after RPM and redline comes in quickly at RPM.

Both engines are undoubtedly but the Ninja’s motor is somewhat and the fuelling is spot on with no jerkiness right from RPM all the way up to 13,000 RPM. The parallel heart sounds really to the aural senses. The Duke 390 but doesn’t sound anywhere as as the Kwacker, which sounds a jet fighter when on full

Both these motorcycles use a gearbox, offering smooth but the Ninja 300 is better with slicker shifts. What sets the Ninja 300 apart is the clutch which lets you aggressively and comes in handy you are riding aggressively on the twisties. these machines are equally and will return a mileage 25-30 km/l, which is not a big deal as a person buying a bike isn’t as sensitive to

KTM 300 GS Enduro Sport
KTM 300 GS Enduro Sport

However the Kawasaki has a bigger (6-litres bigger) which a vital role when you to ride on long journeys. The 300 also has an ECO indicator which you the stretch the mileage further not in the mood for fun and games.

Riding — On the hardware front, the KTM 390 seems richer than the Ninja 300. The KTM uses a frame along with down forks. The Ninja for conventional telescopic forks a twin spar type

What really plays a difference between both are the tyres. The Duke 390 uses awesome Metzelers which terrific grip in both dry and wet alike. The Ninja 300 doesn’t the same levels of grip as the 390 because of the inferior tyres. The sticky rubber aids in the Duke 390 more aggressively corners as it feels very and agile compared to the Ninja

That said, the Ninja 300 is the confidence inspiring bike to lower suspension travel and a which sits a lot lower the Duke’s. However the difference is not a apart and both are well in terms of dynamics in their own A rider can thoroughly enjoy both of them through a set of with a wide grin on his

The Duke 390′s suspension is stiffly sprung which it very difficult to ride on bad you either slow down or your back takes the The suspension on the Ninja 300 is very tuned and absorbs most of the without transferring anything to the

So the Ninja 300 has better ride bigger tank, hooks seat (to tie luggage) and a more seat than the Duke, all results in the Ninja 300 being a good bike to tour on, getting tired. The aerodynamic and large front screen wind blast is well at high speeds, where the 390 is severely affected (too wind blast post 130 The Ninja 300 is the more stable and stays firmly planted at 150 km/hr, which means you can high speeds for longer ease.

It’s a shame does not offer ABS on the Ninja 300 in a feature KTM offers as standard on the 390. The brakes on this Ninja are simply not up to the mark and to wear out very quickly. It petal discs and ABS is offered in markets. The Duke 390 uses pot radial callipers at the front, pot calliper at the rear, ABS and sticky all of which ensures shedding speeds is effortless and confidence

KTM has gone the full monty and given the Duke steel brake lines!

Cost of Ownership — these performance bikes are at the same place but the Duke 390 is to live with. The KTM being localised means parts are and so are the service costs. The average cost of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 are higher than the KTM Duke 390 double) but quality of service be more or less the same the two.

Verdict — and the is… the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Who saw coming? Yes the Duke 390 has better far better brakes and is tremendous for the buck but the Ninja 300 is an almost bike (save for the lack of ABS and there isn’t much wrong with the Kwacker).

The 390 is a terrific product, it’s nimble and surefooted but it somehow tingle the emotional senses the Ninja 300 manages to do. However the Ninja 300 costs a whooping Rs. lakhs, while the KTM Duke 390 Rs.

2.07 lakhs (all on-road, Mumbai) and for sheer alone, the Duke 390 wins our

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 edges of the KTM Duke 390 as a better engineered but the Duke 390′s value for quotient simply can’t be At Rs. 1.87 lakhs less the Ninja 300, the Duke 390 is value and a real pocket-rocket for bikers.

Further Reading –

KTM 300 GS Enduro Sport


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