New Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs. Yamaha YZF-R3

New Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Yamaha R3: Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha R3 are two tough options to consider under INR 3.5 lakh. Both these bikes have a unique charm, leaving buyers stunned with high performance and responsive frame under the body. Kawasaki Ninja 300 is priced at INR 2.98 lakh, making it the most impressive twin-cylinder motorcycle of all time.

Yamaha R3 was earlier called the king of twin-cylinder lightweight racers but soon after the price reduction in Ninja 300, the title was lost. Now, buyers are more confused than ever to choose one among these two sport bikes, both returning great value for the money spent on them. ABS now comes as standard on both bikes.

Yamaha R3 is still the more powerful option, using a 321cc, fuel injected and liquid cooled engine, producing 42hp at 10,750 rpm and 29.6Nm at 9,000 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Ninja 300, on the other hand, comes with a 296cc engine, producing 39hp at 11,000 rpm and 27Nm at 10,000 rpm. The engine comes with a 6-speed, slipper clutch-assisted gearbox. The former is more powerful in terms of power to weight ratio as it weighs just 173kg while Ninja tips the scale at 179kg.

Yamaha R3 comes with a premium of INR 50,000 and that, definitely, affects the number of buyers for the motorcycle. The sales figure for July and August 2018 will further clear the air as locally manufactured Ninja 300 will be delivered during this period.

The fuel tank measures 14-liters for Yamaha R3 while Ninja 300 carries a bigger 17-liter fuel tank. Yamaha R3 and Ninja 300 offer 780mm and 785mm of accessible seat height respectively. Yamaha offers 298mm front disc brake while Ninja comes with 290mm front disc brake. The rear brakes remain the same on both bikes. Both the bikes are available with halogen headlights.

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Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Yamaha R3

Technical Specifications Comparison

Ninja 300 YZF-R3
Displacement 296 cc 321 cc
Transmission 6-Speed 6-Speed
No. of Cylinders 2-Cylinder 2-Cylinder
Max. Power 39 HP @ 11,000 rpm 42 HP @ 10,750 rpm
Max. Torque 27 NM @ 10,000 rpm 29.6 NM @ 9000 rpm
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection Fuel Injection
Engine Cooling Liquid-Cooled Liquid-Cooled
Engine Setup 4-Stroke 4-Valve DOHC 4-Stroke 4-Valve DOHC
Top Speed 180+ kmph (Approx.) 180+ kmph (Approx.)

Dimensions & Weight

Ninja 300 YZF-R3
Length 2015 mm 2090 mm
Width 715 mm 720 mm
Height 1110 mm 1135 mm
Wheelbase 1405 mm 1380 mm
Ground Clearance 135 mm 160 mm
Seat Height 785 mm 780 mm
Kerb Weight 179 kg 173 kg
Fuel Tank 17 litres 14 litres

Instrument Console

Instrument Console of Kawasaki Ninja 300
Instrument Console of Yamaha R3

Brakes & Suspension

Ninja 300 YZF-R3
Brakes (F) 290 mm Single Disc 298 mm Single Disc
Brakes (R) 220 mm Single Disc 220 mm Single Disc
Suspension (F) Conventional Forks Conventional Forks
Suspension (R) Adjustable Monoshock Adjustable Monoshock
ABS 2-Channel ABS 2-Channel ABS

Frame & Tyres

New Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs Yamaha R3
Ninja 300 YZF-R3
Frame Diamond Diamond
Front Tyre 110/70-R17 110/70-R17
Rear Tyre 150/60-R17 140/70-R17

As per the official website of Kawasaki India, the rear tyre of New Ninja 300 is 140/70-R17, but as per the launch brochure, the rear tyre size is 150/60-R17. To make the things clear, we called an authorized Kawasaki dealer, and according to them, the brand has not yet updated the rear tyre size on the official website, and they confirmed that the new model comes with a 150/60-R17 rear tyre. The tyre brand on Ninja 300 is MRF Zapper, while Yamaha R3 comes with Metzeler tyres.

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Ex-Showroom Price

Ninja 300 YZF-R3
ABS Model INR 2.98 Lakh INR 3.48 Lakh*

Quick Comparison Video

New Kawasaki Ninja 300 vs. Yamaha YZF-R3
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