Kawasaki Ninja 300

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Kawasaki Ninja 300
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Seattle Motorcycle Show.jpg
ManufacturerKawasaki
Also calledEX300
Parent companyKawasaki Heavy Industries
Production2012-Present
PredecessorKawasaki Ninja 250R
SuccessorKawasaki Ninja 400
ClassSport bike
Engine296 cc (18.1 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC parallel-twin
Bore / stroke62.0 mm × 49 mm (2.44 in × 1.93 in)
Compression ratio10.6:1
Top speed171–192 km/h (106–119 mph)[1][2]
Power29 kW (39 hp) @ 11,000 rpm (claimed)[3][4]
Torque23.66 N⋅m (17.45 lb⋅ft) @ 9750 rpm[1]
27 N⋅m (20 lbf⋅ft) @ 10000 rpm (claimed)[3]
Ignition typeCDI
TransmissionSlipper clutch, 6-speed, chain
Frame typeSteel tubular semi-double cradle
SuspensionFront: telescopic fork; 120 mm (4.7 in) travel
Rear: preload adjustable 130 mm (5.2 in) travel
BrakesFront: 290 mm disc & rear: 220 mm disc. ABS option
TiresFront: 110/70-17
Rear:140/70-17
Rake, trail27°, 93 mm (3.7 in)
Wheelbase1,405 mm (55.3 in)
DimensionsL: 2,015 mm (79.3 in)
W: 715 mm (28.1 in)
H: 1,110 mm (44 in)
Seat height785 mm (30.9 in)
Weight164 kg (362 lb)[2] (dry)
174.6 kg (385.0 lb)[1] (wet)
Fuel capacity17.0 l (3.7 imp gal; 4.5 US gal)
Fuel consumption70 mpg‑US (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg‑imp)[2]
54.1 mpg‑US (4.35 L/100 km; 65.0 mpg‑imp)[1]
RelatedKawasaki Ninja 250R
Kawasaki Z300

The Kawasaki Ninja 300, or EX300, is a 296 cc (18.1 cu in) Ninja series sport bike introduced by Kawasaki in 2012 for the 2013 model year. It is sold in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.[5][6][7] When introduced, the Ninja 300R replaced the Ninja 250R in some markets, and in others they were sold alongside each other.[8][9] When the 2018 model year Ninja 400 was introduced, it replaced the 300 in some markets.[10]

Design[edit]

The Ninja 300 is based on the Ninja 250R, a lightweight and inexpensive sport bike in production for over three decades.[11] Like the Ninja 250R, it has a full fairing, but a wider rear tire, 140/70, than the instead of 130/70 on the 250R.[12] The Ninja 300 also has a LED tail lamp, 5 spoke wheels, neutral finder, and optional antilock braking system (ABS).[13][14]By comparison with the 250R, the Ninja 300 also has a slightly smaller fuel tank, taller gearing,[15] and a back-torque-limiting slipper clutch with an assist mechanism that decreases clutch lever effort.[4] Despite being a sport bike, it has comfortable ergonomics (such as windscreen effectively protecting from wind blast) which promotes commuting.[14]

Performance[edit]

The Ninja 300 has a 296 cc (18.1 cu in) straight-twin engine.[16] Dynamometer tests showed that the Ninja 300 produces more power with 39.95 hp (29.79 kW) compared with the 250's 25.48 hp (19.00 kW), and higher torque across the rev range at 18 to 13.57 lb⋅ft (24.40 to 18.40 N⋅m).[1][15]

Its top speed has been recorded at 180 km/h (112 mph) and acceleration at 5.6 seconds from 0 to 97 km/h (0 to 60 mph), and around 14.5 seconds at 141.14 to 145.77 km/h (87.7 to 90.58 mph) in the quarter mile.[1][2] The stopping distance from 97 to 0 km/h (60 to 0 mph) of the ABS model was 38.0 to 41.1 m (124.6 to 135 ft).[1][2]

The Ninja 300's fuel economy was measured at around 70 mpg‑US (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg‑imp), while other sources reported it at 54.1 mpg‑US (4.35 L/100 km; 65.0 mpg‑imp), though regardless of the methodology, the 300 showed improved gas mileage over the Ninja 250R.[1][2]

Rivals[edit]

The Ninja 300 competes with (and commonly compared with) other entry-level(300 cc) bikes such as Yamaha R3, KTM RC390 and Honda CBR300R.[17]

Replacement[edit]

In an effort to increase its compliance with Euro IV, Kawasaki released the Ninja 400 which replaced the Ninja 300 in most markets.[18][19][20] The Ninja 300 is sold alongside the Ninja 400 in the Indian market.[21]

2013 Ninja 300

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Rousseau, Scott (December 2012), "2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS; More displacement, more torque, better fuel economy and ABS—the baby Ninja rocks!", Motorcycle Consumer News, Irvine, California: Aviation News Corp, vol. 43 no. 12, pp. 16–19, ISSN 1073-9408
  2. ^ a b c d e f Canet, Don (December 2012), "2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS; More performance headroom with Team Green's entry-level sportbike", Cycle World, vol. 51 no. 12, pp. 42–44
  3. ^ a b Kawasaki Motors Australia Pty Ltd, Kawasaki Motors Australia Pty Ltd. "2015 Ninja 300". Kawasaki Motors Australia. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b Ash, Kevin (1 November 2012). "Kawasaki Ninja 300 review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  5. ^ Chung, Dennis (2012-08-27), "2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Announced - for Europe - Motorcycle.com News | Motorcycle.com News", Motorcycle.com, retrieved 2012-09-24
  6. ^ "Kawasaki Ninja 300". Ninja300.kawasaki.com. Archived from the original on 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  7. ^ "Kawasaki Motors Australia - Kawasaki Reveals New Ninja 300". Kawasaki.com.au. 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  8. ^ Chung, Dennis (September 5, 2012). "2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Confirmed for Canada – US Availability Likely to Follow". Motorcycle.com. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  9. ^ Kawasaki Streetbikes, Kawasaki New Zealand, 2012, archived from the original on December 26, 2012
  10. ^ MacDonald, Sean (October 27, 2017). "The New 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 Has Its Sights Set On The (Mini) Crown". Cycle World. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  11. ^ Canet, Don (June 2015). "Sweet Spot; The Affordable Sport Bike Gets Just Big Enough". Cycle World. pp. 60–68.
  12. ^ "Kawasaki Ninja 300 Price (GST Rates), Kawasaki Ninja 300 Mileage, Review - Kawasaki Bikes". CarAndBike. Retrieved 2017-09-24.
  13. ^ "Kawasaki Ninja 300 Specifications and Feature Details @ Zigwheels". ZigWheels.com. Retrieved 2017-09-14.
  14. ^ a b "Four Sub-400cc Entry-Level Sportbikes - COMPARISON TEST". Cycle World. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  15. ^ a b Canet, Don (2012-10-05). "2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Dyno Test". Cycle World. Retrieved 2012-10-10.
  16. ^ "Kawasaki Ninja 300". Kawasaki.com.au. Retrieved 2012-09-24.
  17. ^ "Four Sub-400cc Entry-Level Sportbikes - COMPARISON TEST". Cycle World. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  18. ^ "Tokyo Motor Show 2017: Kawasaki Ninja 400 Unveiled - NDTV CarAndBike". CarAndBike. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  19. ^ "Kawasaki unveil new-for-2018 Ninja 400". Motor Cycle News. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  20. ^ "The New 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 Has Its Sights Set On The (Mini) Crown". Cycle World. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  21. ^ "Ninja 300 | Kawasaki India". Kawasaki India. Archived from the original on 2017-06-10.

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